Family nursing, including maternity and pediatrics, is Ruth Smillie's
area of expertise and one of her main research areas. Ruth's more than 30 years of nursing experience includes many different settings from
float nursing and critical care to maternal newborn nursing. She was a critical care
float nurse at Maine Medical Center, meaning that she works in different areas
of the hospital depending on where she is needed, and presently works there as a maternal/newborn nurse.
Aside from family nursing,
which she teaches at Saint Joseph's College, in addition to clinical instruction, she is also interested in the
orientation of new nursing graduates. Professor Smillie
volunteers in the community. Her personal interests include her husband, her
two children, and her two cats. She enjoys reading, boating, hiking, and
Sigma Theta Tau-counselor and former president
Member of AWHONN
Member of ANA
Active learning methods in the classroom and hands on learning in clinical experiences.
Excursions/Trips with Students or for Academic Research
2013 Traveled with 6
SJC nursing students and Partners in World Health to Senegal Africa.
2009 Traveled to Guatemala with SJC Students and Partners for World Development.