Faculty & Staff Detail
Charlene M. Smith, DNS, M.S.Ed., RN, WHNP, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF
Title: Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program - Junior Level
Office: WEGNUR 201C
Phone: (585) 899-3877
Education: DNS, University at Buffalo
M.S., University at Buffalo, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
M.S.Ed., SUNY Brockport
B.S., Nazareth College
Diploma in Nursing, Highland Hospital School of Nursing
AAS, Monroe Community College
Dr. Char Smith has been a nurse educator in both practice and academic settings since 1989. She was the director of Professional Practice and Development at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center, and recently stepped down as a per diem research coordinator and consultant to the Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research Council at Highland Hospital. Dr. Smith also worked per diem at the University of Rochester Medical Center: Strong Memorial Hospital in the Center for Nursing Professional Development. In the past she taught at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and was an adjunct clinical instructor in Obstetrics at St. John Fisher College and SUNY College at Brockport. She is a full-time professor and the undergraduate co-chair at the Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College with current and past teaching responsibilities in the baccalaureate, RN to BSN online, master's in nursing education, and doctoral-level nursing programs. A registered professional nurse and women's health nurse practitioner, she has worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, school nurse, clinical instructor, and clinical care manager.
Dr. Smith has an AAS from Monroe Community College, a diploma in nursing from Highland Hospital School of Nursing and a B.S. in nursing from Nazareth College. She received her M.S. in Education from SUNY College at Brockport and her M.S. in Advanced Practice Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Science degrees from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Smith has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally and consulted on topics related to educational design, competency assessment, program and project management, and online learning. Her research interests and publications in refereed journals are primarily related to evidence-based education, nursing professional development, and online learning. A chapter author for the first edition (1995) of the Core Curriculum for Staff Development on consulting in staff development, she also authored a chapter in the fourth edition (2013) of the Core Curriculum for Nursing Professional Development on teaching/learning methodologies. Dr. Smith contributed to two textbooks that were awarded the American Journal of Nursing, Book of the Year Award for Nursing Education: T. Bristol and J. Zerwekh (Eds.). Essentials of e-learning for nurse educators in 2011 and D. Billings (Ed.) Conversations in e-Learning in 2004.
She is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in nursing professional development since 1992 and the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. In 2013 she was inducted as a Fellow into the Academy of Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. Dr. Smith is a past recipient of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization's (NNSDO) Research Grant Award for her research comparing instructional design strategies for an online continuing education program on pain management for nurses.
She is a member of the National Faculty for the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) preparing the curriculum and teaching the certification preparation course for the ANCC certification examination in Nursing Professional Development. In 2014 she was selected by the ANPD's Board as the Editor of the textbook, Leadership in Nursing Professional Development: An Organizational and System Focus, for publication June, 2016.
She has been a member of ANPD (formally NNSDO) since 1991, in addition to her professional memberships in Sigma Theta Tau International, the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders, the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association - NY, and the Finger Lakes Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders.