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Stephanie Smith, DNP, CNP-AC/PC

expertise

prevention of surgical site infection, plagiocephaly, chiari I malformation, hydrocephalus and non-accidental trauma

bio

Stephanie Smith is a nurse practitioner in the neurosurgery department at Dayton Children's Hospital.

Scheduling in-person appointments for new plagiocephaly patients only. For follow-up, second opinion or video visit appointments, please call 937-641-4000

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education and training

  • Wright State University, B.S.
  • Wright State University, M.S., Child & Adolescent Health
  • Dual Certification, Primary & Acute Care
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Cincinnati

publications and presentations

  • Smith, S (2017).  Tumors of the Central Nervous System. In Cartwright, C. & Wallace, D. (Eds) Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgical Patient. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg
  • Pediatric Forum: Chiari Malformation
  • Nursing Poster: Surgical Site Infection – Hospital Acquired Condition Bundle
  • Nursing Presentation: Care of Patients with Subdural and Lumbar Drains   
  • Nursing Presentation: Neurosurgery Diagnoses and Care of Patients    
  • Nursing Presentation: What is Evidence-based Practice
     

awards, honors and organizations

  • American Journal of Nursing "Book of the Year 2017" Award for contributions to "Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient, 3rd Edition"
  • Member of the American Association for Neuroscience
  • Member for the Ohio Chapter of the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Associate member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

the field of neurosurgery is a challenging and very rewarding field that is ever changing and advancing.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

it provides excellent care for their patients and supports and encourages their staff to seek opportunities to grow professionally.

Dayton Children's is special because...

we are just small enough to allow families to feel that they are given individualized care where the staff get to know them by name and that they can be an integral part of their children's care.

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Stephanie Smith always been a great nurse and now doctor. I would recommend her to anyone, she's been really a good doctor to our child, and we will continue to see her at Children's. Thank you.

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We are immensely thankful for Dayton Children's and their providers. We are thankful for the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the providers within the neurosurgeon department.

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Stephanie Smith, NP, is amazing!! This isn't our first time working with Stephanie. We are so glad we have an amazing neurosurgery team so close to our home.

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I feel like the nurse practitioner was taking advantage of the fact that this is my first child and telling me a whole bunch of things that aren't true. For example, my 2 month old daughter does NOT have torticollis nor do I believe she has the Plagiocephaly. Her cheekbones are even and her forehead is not bulging on one side. I'm not wasting my time and money on therapy that she doesn't need. My first time being disappointed with a medical professional.

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conditions I treat

Brachial plexus damage, Cerebral cysts, Cerebral palsy, Chiari malformations, Craniofacial malformations, Craniosynostosis, Disc pathology, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Infections, Neural tube defects, Neuro-endocrine problems, Neuro-trauma cases (concussion), Peripheral nerve damage, Positional plagiocephaly, Pseudotumor Cerebri, Skull base surgery, Spina bifida /myelomeningocele, Tethered spinal cord, Traumatic injuries, Tuberous sclerosis, Tumors of the brain, Tumors of the spinal cord, Vascular disorders

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