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Margaret Smith

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Margaret Smith
Nursing, Faculty
College of Health Professions
MS from University of Phoenix , 2007
BS from Ferris State University, 1996
Grand Rapids Campus
616-871-6164

Professor Smith has been a nurse educator for 20 years, in both higher education institutions and community health care organizations. As a nursing instructor in academia, she has taught a variety of courses at all levels in different capacities (theory, lab, clinical) with innovative methodologies and learner-centered approaches, using classroom and online technologies. She joined Davenport University in 2014 as nursing faculty. Her various coursework has included Fundamentals lab/clinical, Health Assessment lab, Medical-Surgical lab, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Nursing Research. Students, whom she sponsored during the Nursing Capstone course, received two out of three monetary awards for their presentations at Davenport University’s 3rd annual Student Day of Research. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for the Student Nurse Association.

Professor Smith has excellent rapport with students, advising as well as working with a diverse group of individuals to meet their learning styles and educational needs. In addition, through a previous ambassadorship program, she met with potential future nursing students and their families to discuss pre-licensure BSN programs as well as provide classroom/laboratory tours. She also has been active and instrumental in course assessment, nursing curriculum development/revision, academic program review, ACEN accreditation, university-sponsored workshops, search committees, clinical site arrangements, laboratory maintenance as well as supervision of work-study student performance.

While employed at local long-term care facilities, Professor Smith acquired valuable experience. In collaboration with interdisciplinary team members, she assisted with The Joint Commission accreditation. She also developed plan of corrections for state survey citations. Being the Staff Development Director, she advised/mentored employees, created/conducted facility-wide in-service education, implemented policies/procedures

related to infection control as well as participated in new-hire orientation and various committees.

Professor Smith has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau’s Omicron Delta Kappa Chapter and the National League for Nursing since 2007. In addition, she has a deep commitment for lifelong learning and imparting her knowledge to those seeking a career in the nursing profession. She has received various awards and recognition over previous years: 2015 Faculty Appreciation, 2014 Supporter of Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, Nominee for Teacher of the Year 2013-2014, Guest Speaker at the 2011 and 2012 Honors Program Senior Send-off Banquet, Faculty Member of the Year 2011-2012 as well as Who\'s Who Among America\'s Teachers 2004 and 2005.