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Susan Mckeever Smith, MN, RN

Professor Emeritus
Phone: (626) 815-5386
Susan McKeever Smith is the founder/director of the Neighborhood Wellness Center which provides primary prevention health services to the underserved in Azusa, CA. Aside from the many other projects and organizations she is involved in, Smith has served as an associate professor here at Azusa Pacific University's (APU) School of Nursing since 1977. Smith has been a nurse since 1954 and brings great experience and expertise to the students of APU. Specializing in maternal/infant, community, health, and parish nursing, Smith has published several pieces in her field of specialization. Having given numerous presentations, many focusing on Neighborhood Awareness, Smith is actively participating in activities resolving around her passions. Smith proves to be a dynamic and passionate addition to APU's School of Nursing.


MN, Clinical Specialist in Maternal/Infant Nursing-University of California Los Angeles, 1973
Bachelor of Science in Education-Hunter College of the City of New York, 1960
Graduate Nurse Diploma-Graduate Nurse Diploma, 1954

California Community College Teaching Credential
California Public Health Nursing Certificate
Registered Nurse Certified - AWHONN through NCC - Obstetrical Nursing


  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Community Health Services
  • Maternal/Infant Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Smith, S.M. Presenter. "Ministry of Health and Spiritual Care in Nursing." Foundations of Ministry class, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2001

Smith, S. M. Presenter. "Meeting needs in the Surrounding Community." Azusa Pacific University Testimony Chapel Service – Neighborhood Wellness Center, Azusa, CA, 1998

Smith, S.M. Presenter. "Conceptual Framework and Nursing Models." First All Russian Scientific Conference on Philosophy and Education of Nursing in Russia in Golitsino, Russia, 1993

Smith, S.M. Presenter. "Community Outreach and the Neighborhood Wellness Center. Campus-Compact Service Learning Conference at CSU Fullerton, CA, 1999

Smith, S.M. Panelist. "What Is Higher Education Doing to Address the Community Challenge of Immigration?" Service Learning Institute, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2002

Smith, Susan McKeever. "Neighborhood Wellness Center Celebrates Fifth Year of Servie." Iota Signma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing International Newsletter, (2003).

Smith, Susan McKeever. "Neighborhood Wellness Center Continues to Serve Azusa Well." The Azusa Gazette, Azusa, (2001).

Smith, Susan McKeever. "Wellness Center Celeverates Third Year of Service to Azusa." City of Azusa Newsletter, Azusa, (2000).

Smith, Susan McKeever. "From Community Assessment to Neighborhood Wellness Center." Southern California Public Health Association Newsletter Vol 2, 1, (1999).

Smith, Susan McKeever. "Community Outreach and the Neighborhood Wellness Center," Campus-Compact Service Learning Conference, California State College, Fullerton, CA, 1999

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Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Founder/Director, Neighborhood Wellness Center, Azusa, CA, 1996-present

Clinical Instructor, Ante partum Nursing New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, 1960-1961

Director Advanced Standing Nursing Options, Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing, Azusa CA, 1992-1996

Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing, Azusa CA, 1977-present

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Centennial Scholar: Neighborhood Wellness Center. Azusa Pacific University, 2000; Community Nursing project Award Winner The Neighborhood Wellness Center, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Iota Sigma Chapter at Azusa Pacific University, 1998 and 1999

Associations, Boards, Committees
Member, American Public Health Association; Member, Alumni Association of the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing; Member, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health; Member, Health Ministries Association; Member, Health Ministries Association of Southern California; Member, Sigma Theta Tau International/ Iota Sigma Chapter; Member, Southern California Public Health Associates; Member, UCLA Alumni Organization