Dr. Tish Smyer oversees current academic programs, leads the school in the preparation of federal training grants, and serves as a resource to faculty in the teaching mission of the university.
Smyer’s area of expertise is the aging prison inmate and American Indian elderly. Smyer has been active in the institutional grant arena to support American Indian Nurse education (Indian Health Service Wokunze Project), RN to BSN/MSN collaboration with Nevada State College to increase the number of Bachelors prepared nurses in Nevada and is the Project Director of the Subaward for the HRSA UNDNP Grant.
Smyer was re-appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval in December 2012 to serve on the Nevada State Board of Nursing and she is currently the President of the Nevada State Board of Nursing. She has served as a reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration in the Advanced Education Nurse Practice Grant, the Nurse Education, Practice and Retention Grant, and Division of Independent Review (DIR) MCHB/Continuing Education Distance Learning Grants.
Smyer was a Fuld Fellow (Helene Fuld Health Trust) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. She has been a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reviewer since 1999.