Millie Hepburn-smith

Millie Hepburn-smith

Associate Professor
Program Director Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
College of Health Professions
Undergraduate Nursing


Personal Quote

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Faculty Bio

As a clinician, I focus on the intensive care and neurologic adult patient. As faculty at Pace, I believe in the power of YOU. I engage an inclusive classroom. As a researcher, I enjoy studying complex problems, such as neuroscience. My door is always open.

Awards and Honors

  • Quinnipiac University, 2018, Elected Faculty Senate
  • Association for Prevention Teaching Research, 2017, Appointed Planning Committee
  • Council for Advancing Nursing Science, 2017, Appointed Program Committee
  • 2016, Newsworthy Press Release: Presentation at 2016 International Stroke Conference
  • 2016, Reviewer: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • American Aphasia Association, 2013, Appointed Board of Directors
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 2013, Elected Board of Directors
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 2012, Appointed Chairperson American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Annual Planning Committee
  • American Stroke Association, 2012, Elected to Annual Planning Committee
  • 2012, Reviewer: American Journal of Nursing
  • American Stroke Association, 2010, Federal Public Advisory Committee
  • American Medical Association, 2009, Federal Public Advisory Committee
  • World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses, 2009, International Best Poster Award: Use of Bedside Shivering Assessment Scale, World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses Quadrennial Conference
  • Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Medical Center, 2009, Nursing Excellence Award for Advanced Practice
  • 2009, Nursing Spectrum Award for Mentoring
  • Columbia University, 2007, Clinical Translational Research Scholarship Award: T32 Certificate
  • American Stroke Association, 2006, Regional Programming Award
  • American Stroke Association, 2005, Achievement Award
  • 2004, Nightingale Awards of PA recognition for advanced practice nursing
  • Tri County Coalition for the Prevention of Tobacco Abuse & Accident Prevention Program in Regional High schools, 2001, Leadership Award

Licensures and Certificates

  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC)
  • The American Heart Association, Basic Life Support
  • Human Subjects Research, CITI Training research competency
  • The National Stroke Association, National Institute of Health Stroke Scale Certificate
  • The American Heart Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN)


PhD, Seton Hall University, 2016

MS, Columbia University, 2009
MPhil - Nursing

, Villanova University, 2005
Post MS Certificate - Nursing Administration

MS, Bloomsburg University, 1997

BS, SUNY Brockport, 1982

, SUNY Canton, 1978
AAS Veterinary Science Technology

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

My research interests are in the areas of clinical neuroscience, intensive care.
The second area of my research includes at risk individuals, health disparities, especially among urban Black women.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

NURS 360: Medical Surgical Nursing: Foun
NURS 402: Fndmntls of Nursing Practice
NURS 412: Clncl Mgt in Adlt Mdcl-Srgcl
NURS 413: Fndmntls of Prprtv Nrsng Prctc
NURS 426: Orgnztnl & Systm Ldrshp in Nur
NURS 428: Evolution of Prfssnl Nrsng
NURS 470: Adv Nursing Care of Patients
NURS 474: Leadership and Management
NURS 480: Transition into Professional

Publications and Presentations


Comprehensive Review of Stroke Nursing
Hepburn-smith, M. A. & Livesay, S. Academic Journal.

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses [Abstract Reviewer]
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses [Board of Directors]
  • National Aphasia Association [Board of Directors]
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses [Chairperson for national annual planning committee]
  • Sigma Theta Tau International [Inducted]