faculty profile

Judson Smith   MSN, RN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC



Judson Smith is an Instructor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has over 15 years of nursing experience and over 5 years of emergency medicine focus. He has worked as a travel intensive care unit nurse, cardiac telemetry nurse, interim Director of Infection Control, Hospital Supervisor, and as an emergency department nurse practitioner. He maintains his clinical practice working at an urban emergency department in Nashville, Tennessee.

He is certified through the ANCC as both a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP).  Judson is passionate about improving the ability of nurses to critically think within high stress environments and within the clinical setting.


  • DNP, University of Alabama in Huntsville (currently enrolled)
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Acute Care/FNP-Emergency Focus)
  • BSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • ASN, State University of New York-Canton


  • Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - ANCC
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - ANCC

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Improving quality of care in the Acute Care setting

Current Projects

  • Co-coordinator in Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioning
  • Sigma Theta Tau inductee
  • Tennessee Nurses Association


  • Excellence in Clinical Instruction Award - VUSN, 2015
  • Special Thanks and Recognition Award - St. Thomas West Hospital, 2012
  • Special Thanks and Recognition Award - St. Thomas West Hospital, 2011
  • Special Thanks and Recognition Award - St. Thomas West Hospital, 2010