Lee I. Smith
PhD, RN, Professor
Saint Louis University
School of Nursing
office: (314) 977-8980
fax: (314) 977-8949
Practice: I practiced for 16 years as a public health nurse before becoming an educator. I have served primarily maternal-child populations in a semi-rural health department, in an urban neighborhood health center, and in a regional developmental program. My practice taught me the clinical wisdom of "begin with people as they are and the situation as it is" and demonstrated how clinical practice is a rich source of knowledge. My nursing practice has also guided my research interests and shaped my methodological stance as a researcher and my approach to teaching.
Research: My research is devoted to understanding the lives and parenting practices of teenage mothers and their families and to articulating the nature and development of public health nursing expertise. I have successfully competed for funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research and have received numerous other funding awards. As an interpretive phenomenologist, I am especially interested in articulating the "messy complexities" of the practice world (of families and nurses), the significance of relationships, and the crucial role of experience for acting in complex situations.
Teaching: I have taught public health nursing practice at the undergraduate level and Family Nursing at the master's level. I also teach qualitative research methods and the philosophical perspectives of nursing science to doctoral students.
Professional and Scholarly Activities: My professional memberships include the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, the Missouri Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the National Council of Family Relations, the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, and the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.
- DNSc, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA
- MSN, Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
- BSN, Nursing, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
- BA, Russian, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ