In May, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing (FCN) welcomed to the faculty pediatric nursing expert Wendi Smith, MSN, RN as clinical assistant instructor. She is teaching undergraduate students, primarily those in the second degree accelerated BSN track, in areas of nursing practice including health assessment, nursing essentials and pediatric care. She brings to her new role over 20 years of experience working in the pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric cardiac intensive care unit and more than 10 years of teaching experience.
Prof. Smith is also a fifth-year student in FCN’s PhD program where her dissertation will be focused on pediatric intensive care unit nurses’ beliefs and practices of family-centered care.
Prof. Smith earned her BSN from the University of Delaware and her MSN from the University of Missouri. Her passions include pediatric and family nursing, family-centered care, and diversity and inclusion within nursing education. In addition to undergraduate nursing student support, her interests include the influence of a pediatric intensive care unit admission on parent and patient stress and anxiety. She also serves as chair of the Student Engagement Committee in the International Family Nurses’ Association.