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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Nikki Smith, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Professional Nursing Practice
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-576-6884
Office: College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 528
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 
nikki smith

Dr. Smith graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002, The Uniformed Services University with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2012, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Medical University of South Carolina in 2016.

Dr. Smith was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Sciences University from 2016-2020. During that time, she taught in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing programs, specifically DNP Project and Practicum courses. Dr. Smith will be teaching NUR 112 and NUR 216 in Fall 2022 as a new faculty member at USC College of Nursing.
Dr. Smith’s research interests are areas focusing on increasing access and leveraging technology in primary care, pediatric and women’s health care. Her passion is improving access to mental health services within primary care setting.
Dr. Smith’s dissemination activities include:

Smith, N.R., & Thorp, R.M. (2021, June 15- August 31). Leveraging Telehealth in the Military Healthcare System: The Impact of COVID-19 in Primary Care. [Poster session canceled]. American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Anaheim, California, United States. 5 
Geiger, J., Martin, M., & Smith, N.R. (2020, April 27-30). Applying Telephone Triage in the Treatment of Low Back Pain to Reduce Inappropriate Imaging. [Poster and conference session canceled]. Tri-service Nursing Research Program Dissemination Course, San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Smith, N.R., & Korkosz, J.A. (2018, April 18-22). Developing a Two-Phase, 3 Year BSN to DNP Academic Practice Partnership. [Conference session]. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, United States.
Battle, N. R. (2017, June 20-25). Enhanced Technology to Reduce Patient No-Show Rates in a Military Community Based Medical Home. [Poster presentation]. American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, Philadelphia, PA, United States.
Professional Service
Dr. Smith is currently a member of The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and previously a member of the National League for Nursing, American College of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau Nurses Honor Society. 
Professional Practice
Dr. Smith has over 20 years as a registered nurse practicing in medical-surgical nursing, critical care and emergency nursing, and 10 years as a family nurse practitioner within the military healthcare system. She retired as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Nurse Corp after 20 years. Dr. Smith has experience working in the MICU, PICU, SICU, ER as registered nurse and various Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) throughout the United States and overseas. While deployed to Iraq for 15 months, she also gained experience as a Critical Care Flight Nurse. Dr. Smith has served in many leadership positions to include Head Nurse, Officer in Charge of Family Practice Clinic, Deputy Chief, Education Division, and Department Chief/Director of Primary Care. 
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense. (2020). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for The Management of Dyslipidemia for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.

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