faculty name

Chair, Department of Nursing
Ph.D., Kent State University

Yvonne Smith

faculty nameChair, Department of Nursing

Ph.D., Kent State University
MSN, BSN, University of Akron
AAS, Nursing, Kent State University



Dr. Yvonne Smith, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, teaches research and evidence-based practice in nursing, and leadership and ethics in professional nursing in the BW Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Smith is licensed as a clinical nurse specialist. She is an experienced clinician, educator and administrator and has held a number of leadership positions, including president of the Ohio Board of Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International, the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing, the American Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association. Smith serves as an accreditation onsite evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Smith’s research focuses on curriculum and instruction in nursing education. She has developed an instrument, the Online Teaching Effectiveness Scale (OTES), to more accurately understand and measure online teaching effectiveness by nursing faculty. Development of the OTES builds on her previous mixed methods research exploring nursing faculty perceptions of experiences, strategies and intensity while teaching in the online environment.

She has also conducted research on nurse leadership and has developed an instrument to study service by nurse leaders on governing boards. She is particularly interested in evaluating how nurses influence learning and practice-related outcomes through board service and organizational participation, and she has participated in self-studies of teaching practices as a qualitative research methodology.

Recent Publications

Smith, Y. M., & Kleman, C. C. (in press). Ethical issues related to health promotion. In C. L. Edelman
& E. C. Kudzma (Eds.), Health promotion through the life span (10th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

Kleman, C. C., & Smith, Y. M. (in press). Foundations for health promotion. In C. L. Edelman & E. C.
Kudzma (Eds.), Health promotion through the life span (10th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

Smith, Y. M., & Cleveland, K. A. & Kleman, C. (in press). Understanding nurses’ experiences
and contributions to governing boards. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

Smith, Y. M., Chen, Y. J., & Warner-Stidham, A. (2021). Understanding Online Teaching Effectiveness: Nursing Student and Faculty Perspectives. Journal of Professional Nursing, 37(5), 785-794.

Smith, Y. M., Cleveland, K. A., Fisher, J., & Kleman, C. C. (2020). The use of faculty policy teams for advancing policy advocacy and colleagueship. Nursing Forum, 1-7.

Cleveland, K. A., Motter, T., & Smith, Y. M. (2019). Affordable care: Harnessing the power of nursing. OJIN: The Online Journal of issues in Nursing, 24(2).

Smith, Y. M., & Crowe, A. R. (2017). Nurse educator perceptions of the importance of relationship in online teaching and learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, 33(1), 11-19. doi: 10.1016/

Swaney, J. M., Smith, Y. M., & Sachai, W. (2016). Primary achalasia: Practice implications for
APRNs. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(7), 473-478.