Shelly Smith, DNP, APRN-BC, FNAP

Program Director for Graduate Practice Programs
Clinical Associate Professor & Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Public Policy

Dr. Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth School of Nursing where she also serves as the Program Director for Graduate Practice Programs. She completed a formal policy fellowship with VCU’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and now serves as the Translational Research Fellow in Residence. Her fellowship work translated NP outcomes into House Bill 793, expanding NP practice agreements. Dr. Smith’s clinical practice focuses on improving outcomes for high need, high-cost adults by addressing social determinants of health through an interprofessional transitional care model. Her recent publications include, “Political Framing: A Strategy for Policy Analysis,” and “Achieving health equity: Examining telehealth in response to a pandemic,” both published in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy; her research focuses on the relationship between health equity and broadband infrastructure in Virginia.

A practice and policy scholar, Dr. Smith is an Affiliate Scholar with VCU’s Langston Center for Innovation in Quality and Safety, a distinguished policy fellow of the National Academies of Practice of Nursing and an alumna the American Association of Colleges in Nursing’s Leadership for Academic Nursing program. She provides expert testimony on interprofessional issues to the Virginia General Assembly and Senate. Dr. Smith was the 2021 recipient of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s NP State Excellence Award and in 2019 was recognized by the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners with the Distinguished Nurse Practitioner Award.