Lenora Smith, PhD, RN

Lenora Smith

Lenora Smith, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: NUR 316 
256.824.2425
Lenora.Smith@uah.edu

Education

  • PhD, Medical University of South Carolina
  • MSN/FNP (subspecialty in palliative care), University of Alabama Birmingham
  • MSN, University of Phoenix
  • BSN, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • ADN, Davidson County Community College

Clinical Expertise

  • Gerontology
  • Home health
  • Case management
  • Medical/surgical

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR 310 – Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NUR 301 –Concepts of Professional Nursing
  • NUR 312 – Gerontological Nursing Care
  • NUR 407 - Professional Practice in Nursing II

Service Activities

University

  • Faculty Senate
  • Faculty Senate Executive Council
  • Graduate Council
  • College of Nursing Faculty Search Committee, Chair
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Phi Chapter Counselor

Professional

  • National Gerontological Nursing Association
  • International Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association
    • Advisory Group Professional Issues Panel, Palliative & Hospice Nursing
  • NC Nurses Association
    • Reviewer, Scholarships
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
    • Reviewer for Virginia Henderson Library
    • STTI Nurse Leader Review Committee
    • Abstract Reviewer
    • Beta Phi Chapter
      • Counselor (elected position)
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
    • Nominating and Succession Committee (Elected Position)
    • Co-Chair, Aging Research Interest Group (RIG)
    • Co-Chair Elect, Aging RIG
    • Chair, Doctoral Student Network
    • Chair-Elect, Doctoral Student Network (Elected position)
    • Editor, Southern Connections Newsletter
  • Gerontological Society of America
    • Abstract Reviewer
  • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
    • Member, Education Committee
    • Member, National Board Development and Leadership Committee

Special Achievements/Honors/Awards

  • Wesley Scholar Award, UNC Greensboro
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Barbara Sutton Pace Scholarship, Medical University of SC
  • Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholar, University of AL Birmingham

Research Interests

  • Gerontology
  • End of Life
  • Palliative Care

Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • Smith, L. (2015). Do nurses use evidence-based information to guide decision- making at end of life? Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine, 5(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2165-7386.C1.002 (Abstract)
  • Smith, L, Amella, E., & Mueller, M. (2015). Instrument development and measurement of NC home health nurses’ knowledge of artificial nutrition and hydration at end of life. Home Healthcare Now – Journal for Homecare Clinicians, 33(1), 38-41.
  • Smith, L., Amella, E., Edlund, B., & Mueller, M. (2014). A dimensional analysis on the concept of suffering in people with late stage dementia at end of life. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 16(5), 263-270.
  • Smith, L. (2015). Dissertation publication: Home Health Nurses’ Knowledge and Beliefs toward Suffering, Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in People with Late Stage Dementia. ProQuest.
  • Smith, L. (2014). SNRS student network editorial. Research in Nursing & Health, 37(14), 9-10.
  • Smith, L. (2005). Oxycontin litigation. Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, 16(4), 1113.
  • Smith, L. (2005). Business of expert witnessing. In P. Iyer, K. Condon, & J. Aken (Eds.), Business of legal nurse consulting. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL.
  • Smith, L. (2004). Cancer and oncology. In Internet medical & health, searching and sources guidebook. Med-Legal.net, Inc.: Osceola, WI

Presentations

  • Pope, N., Schwartz, A., Sefcik, J., Smith, L., & Solomon, D. Perceived Relationship Quality as it Relates to Caregiver and Patient Experiences across the Illness Trajectory. Symposium presentation, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (November 2015), Orlando, FL
  • Smith, L. (2015). Invited Speaker. Do Nurses Use Evidence-Based Information to Guide Decision Making at End of Life? International Palliative Care Conference (August 2015), Orlando, FL.
  • Smith, L. (2015). Knowledge and Beliefs of Home Health Nurses regarding Suffering and Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in Individuals with Late Stage Dementia. Accepted for podium presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International, International Research Congress (July 2015). San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Smith, L. (2015). Ethics and Leadership in Nursing. Accepted for podium presentation, Alabama Association of Nursing Students (March, 2015). Huntsville, Alabama (UAH campus)
  • Smith, L. (2015). Home Health Nurses’ Beliefs or Perceptions of Suffering and Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in People with Late Stage Dementia. Accepted for podium presentation at the Southern Nurses Research Society annual conference (February, 2015), Tampa, Florida.
  • Smith, L. (2014). Measuring the knowledge of home health nurses in North Carolina regarding artificial nutrition and hydration at end of life – a pilot study. Accepted for poster presentation at the Southern Nurses Research Society annual conference (February), San Antonio, Texas.
  • Smith, L. (2013). A dimensional analysis on the concept of suffering in people with dementia at end of life. Accepted for poster presentation at Gerontological Society of America’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting (November), New Orleans, LA. Not presented.
  • Smith, L. (2013). A concept dimensional analysis of suffering in people with dementia at end of life. Accepted for podium presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Conference (November), Indianapolis, IN.
  • Smith, L. (2012). Nutrition decisions in the dying. Poster presentation at Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hooks, J. & Smith, L. (2009). Music therapy as an adjunct to decrease dyspnea at end of life. Poster presentation at University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.
  • Smith, L., Wong, D., Baker, E., Jones, M., Deaton, S., Barnette, L., & Adams, D. (2009). Is inactivity related to delay in discharge or increased length of stay? Poster Presentation accepted and presented at Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Smith, L., Wong, D., Baker, E., Jones, M., Deaton, S., Barnette, L., & Adams, D. (2009). Is inactivity related to delay in discharge or increased length of stay? Poster Presentation accepted (not presented) at Sigma Theta Tau Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Research Grants

  • 2015-2017 (PI). Start Up Funding for Tenure Track. $30,292
  • 2016-2017. (PI). New Faculty Research Grant. There's an App for That? Exploring the Potential of Interactive Apps to Impede Cognitive Decline in People with Dementia (PWD) and Improve Quality of Life for the Individual with Dementia and Their Caregivers. $9,915