Valerie Joy Smith, PhD, RN, MSN, CCRN

Department Chair, Traditional Undergraduate and Assistant Professor

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5401
Office Location: Building One, Room #344
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Valerie Joy Smith, an expert in adult health/critical care/restorative nursing, has 43+ years of extensive clinical/leadership/administrative experience. She has a MSN in Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Specialist focus. Her PhD in Nursing research is on spiritual well-being of adults newly diagnosed with heart failure. Areas of interest, publication, and presentation include adult acute and chronic health and wellness, palliative and end-of-life care, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients/families, theoretical application, scholarly writing, and nursing ethics and leadership. Joy serves on a variety of School of Nursing and APU campus-wide committees. Moreover, she is a member of Sigma International/Iota Sigma Chapters, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Heart Failure Society of America, and America Association of Heart Failure Nurses, plus maintained CCRN certification status since 1984.

Joy's commitment to Christ-centered nursing excellence is evident in her engaging teaching approach, which not only builds on a foundation of evidence-based knowledge and skill, but promotes rigorous scholarly inquiry that can be applied to address the increasing, complex realities and demands experienced in practice. She teaches for the Pre-licensure/BSN and MSN Programs at Azusa Pacific University.


  • PhD Nursing - Azusa Pacific University - 2019
  • MS Nursing (CNS track/Adult Med-Surg Care) - Azusa Pacific University - 1994
  • BS Nursing - Roberts Wesleyan College - 1977


  • Registered Nurse - Board of Registered Nursing State of California
  • Clinical Nurse Manager Leader - American Association of Nurse Executives
  • Certified Critical Care Nurse - American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Adult Medical-Surgical Care
  • Heart Failure
  • Holistic Care/Spiritual Well-Being
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Scholarly Writing

Courses Taught

  • UNRS 306 - Writing 2: Theoretical Frameworks in Nursing
  • UNRS 313 - Restorative Nursing
  • UNRS 496 - Writing 3: Ethics and Issues in Health Care
  • GNRS 597 - Comprehensive Examination Directed Study

Office Hours

Mondays 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:30 AM-2:30 PM
Appointments available upon request. Please contact me to set up an appointment.

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