Jessica G. Smith, Ph.D., R.N., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. She completed a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship (2016-2018) at Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) at University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of interest include understanding the needs of the acute rural nurse workforce to deliver safer patient care and how work environments and processes influence nurse wellbeing.

Authored by Jessica Smith, Ph.D., R.N.

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Celebrating Nurses Week: Retaining and Valuing Our Nurses

Nurses play a vital role in the health care system, providing essential person-centered care and support to patients. During Nurses Week, members of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) and academic nurse leaders highlight the importance of retaining and valuing nurses, the impact of nurse turnover on patient care and health care costs, creating a positive work environment, and the need to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in nursing.