Vernita Asenath Smith , RN, MSN

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

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