Queen Utley-Smith Named National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellow
The Duke University School of Nursing’s own Dr. Queen Utley-Smith has been inducted as a Fellow into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.
The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to nursing education. As a newly named fellow, Dr. Utley-Smith has been lauded for her innovative teaching strategies, nursing education research, student development, academic leadership and community involvement.
Dr. Utley-Smith is an associate professor and served as the Master of Science in Nursing Program Chair from 2008-2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at North Carolina Central University, her MSN at the University of Connecticut and her doctorate in Health Occupations Education at North Carolina State University. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Utley-Smith has worked as a staff nurse, a charge nurse and a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in wellness care of older adults, as well as an educator of traditional undergraduate students, RN-to-BSN students, accelerated BSN students and graduate students.
Before joining the Duke University School of Nursing faculty in 2002, Dr. Utley-Smith implemented a number of educational innovations including developing a clinical education site in an environmentally at-risk minority community and a clinical practicum site for graduate students in a nurse-managed clinic. She developed and launched online courses on aging and women’s health and initiated and coordinated two RN-to-BSN distance education programs involving partnerships of medical centers and community colleges.
Dr. Utley-Smith's research interests include health care workforce competencies, staff-family interactions in long-term care, health promotion and aging, as well as utilizing technology and distance learning strategies in classroom and clinical practice to improve learning outcomes.
“The National League for Nursing relies on these accomplished individuals as allies in our efforts to prepare the numbers of excellent nurse educators we need if we are to eliminate the shortage of nurses plaguing America’s health care institutions,” said Dr. Beverly A. Malone, NLN CEO. “Nurse faculty and colleagues from other fields who contribute to excellence in nursing education and to the preparation of a nursing workforce that meets the needs of our ever-changing health care environment deserve this public recognition and the gratitude of all who are eager to elevate the status of the profession.”
Utley-Smith joins the academy’s 169 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States The fellowships have been awarded by the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body of the Academy of Nursing Education. The induction of new fellows and a meeting of fellows in the Academy of Nursing Education will be held in conjunction with the NLN's annual Education Summit in the fall.