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Stephanie Smith, MS, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

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


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

education and training

  • School: Wright State University

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

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.

ratings and reviews
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Dayton Survey

She was wonderful!

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Dayton Survey

If you are ever tasked with the referral of neurosurgery for your child, it can be daunting and scary. When my daughter was born we were full of worries about her development and her abilities to even thrive. It's hard to hand over a baby for brain surgery, but I knew she was in amazing hands. Thankfully the NS team at Dayton children's hospital is just that,amazing. I can't even begin to express my gratitude for the multiple times this team has saved my daughter's life, and the amazing compassion and caring that they exude. They are thoughtful and always speak to parents and patients like an equal when educating about any situation. We are never talked down to or talked to at a level that can not be understood. They take time and effort to make sure both parents and patients are well informed. They are always quick to listen and to solve problems in the least invasive manner, and are full of knowledge and understanding. We love the entire team and thank God for them and their expertise. They are always concerned about her overall well being. I went from 10 years ago, worrying if my child would ever walk or talk, to a child that is learning and growing, receiving good grades, and entering middle school next year. Our outcome is above and beyond anything I could have dreamed, and we are so thankful.

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Rob Lober, MD, PhD

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