Nicole Smith has joined Mercy Hospital Ada as a hospitalist nurse practitioner.
Practicing hospital medicine allows Smith to provide specialized care to hospital patients and often serve as the primary provider during hospital stays. The care of the patient is most often coordinated between the hospitalist advanced practitioner or physician and the patient’s primary care physician. This allows the hospital medicine advanced practitioner or physician to use their intimate knowledge of the hospital staff, services and procedures to provide care, handle emergencies and address questions and concerns from the community.
“I’ve have known and worked with Nicole for the last eight years,” said Imtiaz Ahmed, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Mercy Hospital Ada. “She is invested in our community and brings exceptional qualities of empathy, sympathy and care. I am confident that her addition to the team of acute care providers at Mercy will increase the quality of care we provide.”
Smith has worked for Mercy, formerly Valley View, since 2008. She has served patients in the medical surgical unit, intensive care unit (ICU), emergency room and cardiac catheritization lab. Most recently she served as the nurse manager for the ICU and cardiac catheritization lab. She has also been a clinical educator at the hospital and an adjunct professor for East Central University’s School of Nursing.
“This is my home,” said Smith. “I advanced my training to provide a higher level of care to my community, to the people I know. I love working with patients, their families and loved ones to provide understanding of the care plan and favorable outcomes.”
Originally from Allen, Oklahoma, Smith earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and her master’s of science in nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, Texas.
She and her two children reside in Allen. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and coaching her son’s little league basketball team.