Vernita Asenath Smith

Professional Summary

I received my master's degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing in Adult Mental Health Nursing.  I began my long career in teaching and clinical practice at Mercy Hospital Western Hills where I served as nurse manager and later as Director of the Geri-Psychiatric unit.  Many changes and new evidence-based research are expanding understanding of mental disorders and improving therapeutic outcomes.  Keeping up-to-date is ever challenging for both teaching and clinical practice, but it serves as my motivation and passion.


Masters in Nursing, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio, 1996 (Adult Mental Health)

BSN, Miami University Oxford, Ohio, 05-01-1989 (Nursing)

Diploma, Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing Cincinnati, Ohio, (Nursing)

Positions and Work Experience

1971 -1979 Staff Nurse, Providence Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

1979 -1990 Nurse Educator, Providence Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

1990 -1996 Director Skilled Nursing, Mercy Franciscan Terrace , Cincinnati, OH

1996 -2003 Director of Nursing, Mercy Franciscan Terrace , Cincinnati, OH

2001 -2003 Adjunct Faculty, Ohio Rehabilitative Services, Cincinnati, OH

2001 -2003 Adjunct Faculty, Cincinnati State College, Cincinnati,OH

2003 -2005 Adjunct Faculty, Miami University - Hamilton Campus,

2003 -2005 Vice President of Patient Services, Mercy Health- Western Hills

2004 -2007 Director of Geriatric Behavioral Health, Mercy Health-Western Hills, Cincinnati,OH

2007 -2014 Lead Faculty ADN Program - Psychiatric Mental Health, Fortis College, Cincinnati

2012 -2014 Adjunct College of Health Science and Nursing, University of Phoenix, West Chester, OH

2015 -To Present Full Time Adjunct, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, Cincinnati,OH

Courses Taught

Continuun of Mental Health Care Level:Undergraduate

Continuum of Mental Health Care

Accelerated Psychaitric Mental Health

Accelerated Psychaitric Mental Health Level:Undergraduate

Mental Health Continuum Level:Undergraduate

Faculty Development Activities

BAD DATE -BAD DATE Hope for Recovery Target audience: healthcare providers Conference focused on spirituality and instilling hope in clients with mental disorders and their families. Personal testimonies., NAMI Lindner Center of Hope Type:Conference Attendance

BAD DATE -BAD DATE Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders Discussion on prevalence of opioid use disorders nationally, locally, and regionally. FDA-approved medications for treatment of opioid use disorders., NAMI TriHealth Bethesda Medical Center Type:Conference Attendance

Contact Information

Academic - College of Nursing, Procter Hall
Cincinnati  Ohio, Phone: 513-558-5631