Jill Smith, nurse practitioner, outpatient pre-surgery, has been named the 2017 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) for her years of devoted service as program advisor to the organization. Nominated by the president of the Ohio chapter, Smith was lauded for her professional commitment to providing excellence in pediatric healthcare and precepting pediatric nurse practitioner students.
A 31-year veteran of Akron Children’s, Jill credits her colleagues as the reason she’s remained passionate about her job.
“I’ve surrounded myself with good people here and in my professional organizations,” she said. “Every person who has been a part of my nursing career has played a role in the practitioner I’ve become.”
She says being recognized by an organization that strives to support the welfare of children and to promote pediatric nurse practitioners is a great honor.
“I struggle with recognition,” she said. “I am that person who comes to work to do my job, takes care of my patients and coworkers, and doesn’t expect recognition for the same. However, it does make me appreciate that my work was recognized and I’m grateful to everyone who put their stamp on establishing who I am as a provider.”