Melissa Anne Smith, MSN, RN-BC, is a mother, caretaker, student, and Psychiatric-Mental health nurse dedicated to nursing education. She is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of South Alabama in addition to a post-Masters’ certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Her research 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 obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing 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 (BSN) and Masters’ of Science in Nursing Education from Thomas Edison State University. She is passionate about mentoring, increasing competence of care for minorities with mental illness and eradicating stigma. She looks forward to implementing change in the treatment of persons with mental illness.
Ms. Smith is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Eastern Nursing Research Society.