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Suzanne Smeltzer, EdD, RN - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Suzanne Smeltzer, EdD, RN Suzanne Smeltzer, EdD, RN

Professor; Director of the Office of Nursing Research | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing | Villanova University

Villanova, PA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is committed to improving care for individuals with disabilities.

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Experiences of Women with Disabilities: Perinatal Care and  Recommendations for Clinicians

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Areas of Expertise (5)

Nursing Education Healthcare for Vulnerable Populations Nursing Research Disability Advocacy Healthcare for the Disabled

Biography

An internationally known scholar, researcher, educator and author, Dr. Smeltzer has directed the College of Nursing's Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project, funded by a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Committed to making health promotion practices and services accessible and acceptable for those who are physically and cognitively challenged, she has done extensive research on and can discuss health issues of people with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities, how to improve the health and wellness of those with disabilities, and how to integrate disability content into the education and training of health care professionals.

In 2018, Dr. Smeltzer was named inaugural holder of The Richard and Marianne Kreider Endowed Professorship in Nursing for Vulnerable Populations at the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.

Education (3)

University of Pennsylvania: EdD

Texas Women's University: MS

St. Louis University: BSN

Select Accomplishments (5)

Dr. Suzanne C. Smeltzer named inaugural holder of The Richard and Marianne Kreider Endowed Professorship in Nursing for Vulnerable Populations (professional)

2018
An internationally known advocate for health care access and quality care people with disabilities, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, has been named inaugural holder of The Richard and Marianne Kreider Endowed Professorship in Nursing for Vulnerable Populations at the Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, where she is professor and director of the Office of Nursing Research and Evaluation.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Nurse.com/Gannett Foundation Lectureship Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education

2016
AACN recognized Dr. Smeltzer for her work over more than twenty years to address the health issues of people with disabilities through education, research, and advocacy. She has brought attention to the need for health care professions, including the nursing profession and nursing faculty, to prepare their graduates to provide high quality and sensitive care to people with disability.

Inducted as a Fellow into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education (professional)

2015
The induction recognizes Dr. Smeltzer's scholarly work on behalf of people with disabilities. Fellows provide leadership in nursing education and in the Academy of Nursing Education, and support the vision of the NLN to promote standards of excellence in nursing education. Fellows serve as important role models and resources for new educators and for those who aspire to become nurse educators.

St. Louis University Alumni Merit Award

2011
Award presented to Dr. Smeltzer for her dedication to and scholarly work on behalf of people with disabilities.

Villanova University Investigator Award (professional)

2006

Select Media Appearances (2)

Caring for Patients with Disabilities

Health Professional Radio  

2017-12-19

Segment Overview: Professor Suzanne Smeltzer talks about advocating for improved care for people with disabilities and Villanova’s partnership with the National League for Nursing (NLN) to launch an online educational program designed to provide nurse educators with the tools they need.

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As airlines try to monetize seat assignments, are disabled passengers being left behind?

Washington Post  online

2017-04-20

There’s a lot at stake. Suzanne Smeltzer, director of the Center for Nursing Research at Villanova University’s College of Nursing and an expert on disabilities and health care, says that being required to pay extra for a preferred seat assignment may make travel too expensive for many people with disabilities.

“Their ability to reserve their preferred seats without having fees added to the cost of their airfare may make the difference between them being able to fly safely and comfortably or not being able to fly at all,” she says.

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Research Grants (4)

Reaching Hard-to-Reach Groups: Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation 

Research Grant

Inglis Foundation Innovation Award of 2006

Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project 

Unrestricted Grant to Recognize Work

Developing Curricula on Abuse Affecting Women with Disabilities for Women with Disabilities and Health Care Providers

New Jersey Health Initiatives/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Research Grant
Authored for NJ Coalition on Women with Disabilities and the NJ Division on Disabilities

Pilot Study: Expiratory Muscle Training in Multiple Sclerosis

National MS Society 

Research Grant
Principal Investigator

Select Academic Articles (5)

Labor, delivery, and anesthesia experiences of women with physical disability Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, Amy J. Wint, Jeffrey L. Ecker, Lisa I. Iezzoni

2017

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Palliative care simulations in undergraduate nursing education: An integrative review Clinical Simulation in Nursing

Suzanne C. Smeltzer

2017

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Family attitudes and reactions toward pregnancy among women with physical disabilities Women's Health Issues

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, et al.

2017

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Perinatal experiences of women with physical disabilities and their recommendations for clinicians Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing

Suzanne C.Smeltzer, et al.

2016

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Pregnancy among women with physical disabilities: Unmet needs and recommendations on navigating pregnancy Disability and Health Journal

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, et al.

2016

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