Beth NeSmith

Department Chair

Beth NeSmith

Department Chair


Academic Appointment(s)

College of Nursing
Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing

College of Nursing
Department of Nursing Science

College of Nursing

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Surgery: Trauma/Critical Care

The Graduate School

Other Duties

Interim Dean


Dr. NeSmith is Chair of the Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing and Associate Professor in the College of Nursing with adjunct status in the AU Graduate School. Dr. NeSmith has more than 30 years of experience in trauma, emergency, and disaster nursing, with nursing leadership roles in these areas at the local, regional, and national levels. Having obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree with a focus on translational and interdisciplinary research, Dr. NeSmith’s federally-funded grants have focused on the effects of lifetime chronic stress on the inflammatory response and how it impacts healing and vulnerability to complications following acute life-threatening injury. Dr. NeSmith’s research will lead to advances in tailoring individual treatments to prevent and improve acute outcomes of trauma. Dr. NeSmith is also very active at the state and national levels as an advocate nursing research and faculty development. She was recently awarded more than $399K from the University System of Georgia to launch a research-based, interdisciplinary nursing faculty expansion program. In collaboration with her research team, Dr. NeSmith has multiple trauma-related publications and nationally-presented abstracts, and co-founded the Trauma Interdisciplinary Group for Research (TIGR). Together with her TIGR co-founder, Dr. Regina Medeiros, Dr. NeSmith developed and authored publications and national presentations which focus on the implementation of their PhD/DNP Operational Collaborative (P-DOC) Model of clinical and research collaboration among doctorally-prepared nurses.

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  • Ph.D., Nursing Science Medical College of Georgia, 2007

  • MSN, Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing Medical College of Georgia, 2000

  • BSN, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Medical College of Georgia, 1988


  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Georgia Health Sciences University, 2011

  • Instructor Faculty Course Director Emergency Nurses Association, 1998

  • Registered Nurse 1988

  • RN GA Board of Nursing, 1988

  • RNL GA Board of Nursing, 1988

  • RNL GA Board of Nursing, 2008

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2012

  • Provider American Heart Association, 1989

  • Certified Emergency Nurse Emergency Nurses Association, 1989

  • Instructor American Heart Association, 1990

  • Provider Emergency Nurses Association, 1989

  • Provider American Heart Association, 1989

Awards & Honors

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Service (National Nurses Week) Georgia Regents University College of Nursing, 2014

  • Dean’s Award of Achievement Georgia Regents University, 2013

  • Oral Abstract Winner Society of Trauma Nurses 2013 Conference, 2013

  • Patient and Family-Centered Care Leadership Award Georgia Regents University, 2013

  • Top 5 Paper Submission Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Conference, 2013

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • NURS 9250

    Investigation of Research Prob
  • CURS 4990

    Undergrad Research III
  • NURS 9051

    DNP Project Inquiry & Change
  • NURS 9300



Selected Recent Publications

  • Chapter VI, Professional Issues, 2016
    Book, Chapter in Textbook-New
  • Mitochondrial N-formyl peptides cause airway contraction and lung neutrophil infiltration via formyl peptide receptor activation, 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Association of Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Insurance on Trauma Mortality. , 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Analysis of the Effectiveness of a State Trauma System: Treatment at Designated Trauma Centers is Associated with an Increased Probability of Survival, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Identification and referral of patients at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder: Literature review and retrospective analysis, 2015
    Journal Article, Professional Journal

College Service

  • GRMC Nurse Executive Council 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • PhD Programs/Admissions Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Search Committee, Associate Dean for Research 2012 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Center for Patient & Family Centered Care 2010 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Georgia Regents Nurse Associates - 2015

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • GRU University Faculty Senate, CON Representative 2014 - Present

    Role: University Senate Service
  • GRU Center for Undergraduate Research Advisory Council 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • GRU Experienced Investigators Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • GRU Research Institute Board of Directors 2012 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Internal Research Advisory Group 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing/STN Trauma Nurse Certification Focus Group 2013 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Institute of Public and Preventative Health, Georgia Regents University 2013 - Present

    Role: Other
  • International Journal of Physical Medicine & 2013 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Journal of Nursing & Care (International) 2013 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Journal of Nursing & Care (International) 2013 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member

Public Service

  • Alzheimer's Memory Walk Team Sigma Theta Tau Beta Omicron Chapter 2004

    Role: Program Coordinator
  • Medical Support Team Asahi Ryokuken International LPGA 2004

    Role: Committee Member
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Provider American Academy of Traumatic Stress 2000 - 2004

    Role: Other
  • Disaster Mental Health Response Team American Red Cross 1997 - 2004

    Role: Committee Member
  • Medical Support Team Asahi Ryokuken International LPGA 2002

    Role: Committee Member