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Dr. Cynthia Smith-Peters, Assistant Professor

"I was also an RN to BSN student years ago. I am really glad that I chose to further my education. Obtaining my BSN has provided many career opportunities for me."

Degrees Held:

  • DNP – Duquesne University, 2013
  • MSN with specialization in Public Health Nursing – University of South Alabama, 2008
  • Master's in Health Education and Management, University of West Florida, 2004
  • BSN – University of South Alabama, 1999

Career Highlights:

Dr. Cynthia Smith-Peters is an Assistant Professor in the UWF Department of Nursing, where she teaches courses in public and community health nursing, health assessment, maternal-child nursing, and evidence based practice. She currently serves as the director of the undergraduate nursing program.

During her 23 years as a professional nurse, Dr. Smith-Peters has practiced in medical-surgical nursing, public health nursing, geriatrics, pediatrics, and maternal care. In addition, as a parish or faith community nurse, she is routinely invited to give presentations at community churches and centers, where she encourages individuals to focus on preventative health care and the management of chronic diseases. She has also worked as a public health nurse and nursing consultant providing education to health care professionals and families regarding perinatal HIV transmission, HIV prevention and treatment options, and has assisted in clinical trials for HIV-exposed infants.

Dr. Smith-Peters’ research interests focus on health disparities, minority health, and the transition of the graduate to professional nurse.

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In which online program do you teach?


Which classes do you teach online?

Health Assessment

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

I would like for students to study to reach their greatest potential. The application of course material to true life situations is expected. I expect the learner to relate the BSN role to work experience. This degree can be the beginning of many future opportunities for career advancement.

Why did you start teaching?

I have always enjoyed teaching. I started teaching upon the recommendation from one of my former nursing professors. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

The best advice that I have experienced was to follow my dreams and passions.

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

I would advise you to relax and enjoy the classes. Try your best to apply newly learned information to your work setting.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Anatomy of Medical Errors: The Patient in Room 2 by Donna Helen Crisp

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession you teach?

The following qualities can make one successful in the field of nursing: passion for learning, passion for helping individuals, and a love for nursing.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Today, nurses face many challenges. Among those challenges, nurses struggle to provide quality care while facing new demands.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

Students may be interested to know that I grew up in Pensacola. My hobbies include reading, cooking, and relaxing with friends. I was also an RN to BSN student years ago. I am really glad that I chose to further my education. Obtaining my BSN has provided many career opportunities for me. I am also a UWF alumni.

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