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Elizabeth DePrince-Smith (center),
with UW DNP candidate Annalise Forsythe (right)
and DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner faculty member Candace Stidolph (left).
The DNP faculty are honored to present the 2018 Excellence in NP Practice Award to
Elizabeth DePrince-Smith, MSN, CPNP. Elizabeth is a board certified pediatric nurse
practitioner, who received a Master's degree in Nursing in 2006 from the Yale School
of Nursing. She then spent several years working in a pediatric practice in Massachusetts
before moving to Wyoming with her husband.
Since moving to Wyoming, Elizabeth has been an advocate for for healthy children and young families. From 2012-2014, she served as the Women and Infant Health Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Health, where she provided consultation and leadership regarding maternal and child health state priorities, national and state performance measures, and both health status and health systems capacity indicators for infants and women of child-bearing age. Additionally, she served as the state coordinator for the Office of Women's Health, assisted in oversight of a cleft palate clinic, reviewed pediatric guidelines for public health nursing, and implemented evidence-based services (including home visits) for mothers and infants.
Practicing.and teaching. as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
In 2012, Elizabeth also began practicing as a PNP at her current clinical practice,
Laramie Physicians for Women and Children, where she is beloved by parents and children
alike for her clinical expertise and friendly, down-to-earth style. In 2014, the DNP
program began partnering with Elizabeth to teach well infant and child assessments
to UW FNP students and to precept local students. Says DNP Program Director, Ann Marie
Hart, "DePrince-Smith has been so well-received by students that when an opportunity
arose in the FNP program for a pediatric course, we jumped on the opportunity to have
her teach it!"
Hart continues, "If you were to spend just a few minutes observing Elizabeth interact with children, parents, or students, it's easy to see why she was chosen for the Excellence in NP practice award. Elizabeth DePrince Smith is the epitome of an evidence-based, child-focused, family-centered provider. Although she is humble, she exudes warmth, confidence, expertise, and a genuine interest in and dedication to improving the health of children and families, as well as to helping future primary care providers."
Article posted 5/4/2018