Catherine Smith, MSN, NP-C, is a family nurse practitioner at Regional One Health and earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree at The University of Memphis.
“I became a nurse practitioner because of my passion to provide quality care while educating the sick and still provide the comfort people need in their time of despair,” Smith said.
Smith has over 20 years of healthcare experience in the nursing field within areas such as cardiovascular intensive care unit, surgical intensive care unit and pediatric emergency, to name a few. For three years, she was a clinical nursing instructor at Baptist College of Health Sciences where she was responsible for supervising and overseeing all clinical and patient care activities; prepare student assignments; and train assigned students to identify signs of patient health deterioration and clinical equipment malfunction.
Smith wants to establish a professional relationship with her patients by helping and encouraging them that they are stronger than their medical condition. “One of my favorite sayings is ‘With God, you are stronger than your illness and more fierce than your fears,’” Smith shared. “Another one is ‘If we as providers don’t give the “why” behind the education or instructions, then why would a patient follow them?’”
Smith is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and and is certified in advanced cardiac life support.