- MSN, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- BSN, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
- BA in Sociology, State University New York College at Cortland
Todd Smith started his career as a volunteer EMT, which he did professionally during summer breaks while in college. Concurrently, he served as Director of a campus-based rescue squad. He originally planned to pursue a career in Probation and Parole work but became more interested in health care around the time he graduated. Following graduation, he worked as a staff nurse in trauma/surgical ICU for a few years before transitioning to the Emergency Department. In 2002, he finished his graduate work and earned his MSN from the University of Washington. He then moved to Elma Washington, a small town 30 miles west of Olympia, to work in a rural clinic. There he developed skills specific to working with that population and the types of illnesses and injuries most often seen. He spent the next 7 yrs in rural NH working in a Federally Qualified Health Care Clinic before transitioning into Urgent Care and taking a job with Swedish Medical Group in Seattle. In 2015, Todd moved to Spokane and went to work for CHAS at the Perry Street Clinic. He most recently moved to the newly established CHAS Nurse Practitioner Residency Clinic where he is helping to mentor and train thier first class of 3 NP Residents. In his new role as the Nurse Practitioner Faculty in Residence, he has 50% clinical responsibilities with CHAS and the other half here at the WSU College of Nursing working on a large HRSA grant that is being led up by Dr Janet Purath. He will be working as a liaison between CHAS and the college to foster a partnership that supports Nurse Practitioner students as well as their preceptors and looks at ways to improve the clinical and didactic training of those interested in working with rural and underserved populations.
“I really like helping students make that transition from the classroom to the exam room. I feel strongly that academic institutions benefit from regular, meaningful input from providers in the community to inform curriculum, while providers benefit from having access to the latest scientific research coming from an institution like WSU. I love the idea of this joint role because I see so many benefits for patients, clinicians, WSU and CHAS.”