MSN, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC
Melissa Smith, MSN, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC, is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of South Alabama. She is passionate about increasing competence of care for minorities with mental illness and eradicating stigma. Her goal is to develop and integrate a standardized mental healthcare model. She is the Mental Health Educator and Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior Program Coordinator for a Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center.
Ms. Smith was initially licensed as an RN when she earned an associate degree in Nursing (ADN) from Mercer County Community College. She started her career as a staff nurse with Trenton Psychiatric Hospital while completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Education from Thomas Edison State University. She completed a post-master’s certificate to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in December 2019 and is currently caring for veterans with severe mental illness.
Ms. Smith is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, (APNA), and the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS).