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Nursing Prof Wins National Award

March 30, 2015

Dr. Avis Johnson-Smith of the Angelo State University graduate nursing faculty has been selected for the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Practice Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

A clinical professor and coordinator of the ASU Nursing Department’s online Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduate program, Johnson-Smith will receive her award during the 41st annual NONPF Meeting April 23-26 in Baltimore, Md. 

Criteria for the award include: 

  • Maintains active practice in an established nurse practitioner faculty practice or other clinical setting

  • Demonstrates creative approaches for teaching models of care, evaluation, etc.

  • Demonstrates excellence in integrating practice into the nurse practitioner faculty role

  • Maintains outstanding standards of practice 

Dr. Avis Johnson-SmithDr. Avis Johnson-SmithJohnson-Smith teaches her ASU online courses from her home in Albany, Ga. She also practices in a nurse practitioner-owned clinic and is a clinical expert/site visitor for the national Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. She has clinical nursing experience in pediatrics, internal medicine, occupational and home health, and public health. She has established a rural outpatient clinic, a school-based clinic and a nurse practitioner clinic and has served as director of nurses for three federally qualified health centers. 

Certified as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP) and family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC), Johnson-Smith holds an associate nursing degree from Albany Junior College, bachelor’s nursing degree from Valdosta State University, master’s nursing degree from Troy State University and doctoral nursing degree from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a certificate in distance education from Thomas Edison State College. 

Based in Washington, D.C., the NONPF represents a global network of nurse practitioner educators and is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting quality nurse practitioner education at the national and international levels. More details are available at

For more information, call Dr. Wrennah Gabbert, chair of the ASU Nursing Department, at 325-942-2224.