Kathy Smith, RN MSN-Ed, BSN, serves as the Rasmussen College Dean of Nursing for the Brooklyn Park, MN college campus. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to more than 100 students enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing program.
Prior to joining Rasmussen College, Kathy served in the United States Army as an Army Medic and an emergency room nurse. Kathy has an Associate’s degree in nursing from Prince Georges Community College, obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She is currently enrolled in her Doctorate program at the University of Phoenix. She is a Registered Nurse with a combined 14 years of experience of military and civilian training experience.
We had the opportunity to interview Dean Smith, and in this interview she shared her personal experiences as a nurse, her path to success as a nurse, and her insights for prospective or current nursing degree students.
Q&A with Kathy Smith
Share one piece of professional advice for nursing graduates.
Even when you have the worst shift always remember the next one will be different.
Why did you become a nurse?
Nursing is like an additional leg or arm and I could not think of anything else that gives me something new every day. Nursing for me is not just a career but a lifestyle choice.
Why is it a great time to go into nursing?
They always say strike while the iron is hot, but nursing now is about securing yourself a career that you can build your future and have a past to reminisce on. I am an immigrant to this country from the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago. I was raised in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Minnesota five years ago. My greatest achievement would have to be being a mom. Serving four years active duty in the Army and five years reserve has to be another accomplishment that I am proud of. Basic training is tough, and yes, tougher than nursing school.
Why is Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) a good place to start?
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) is a good place to start for exposure into the world of nursing and a good starting point for laddering through your nursing career. It is especially a good start for those on a waiting list because in the time you sit and wait for entrance into a Registered Nursing (RN) program you would be done before you actually get acceptance into nursing program with both the LPN and mobility. You can also work as a nurse while completing your RN transition.