Teresa Denk Smajda
Teresa Denk Smajda joined the faculty of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences in August 2012. She began her nursing career as a certified nursing assistant in 1998. She completed a bachelor's in sociology and women’s studies at Kansas State University in 2002 and her post-baccalaureate certificate in nursing at the University of Minnesota. In 2003, she completed the nursing program and in 2008 earned master's degree in nursing.
Her nursing background includes labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn nursery, and prenatal care in a family-centered care environment. She spent the first six years of her career in Minneapolis relocating back to Kansas City in 2009. She worked in prenatal case management at the Johnson County Health Department as well as labor and delivery at Saint Luke’s South Hospital. She began teaching in 2011 as an adjunct professor in obstetrics and foundations of nursing.
She completed a post master’s certificate for family nurse practitioner in August 2017 at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her areas of interest include women’s health, pregnancy and preventative medicine in family practice—specifically in vulnerable populations of the community.
She is proud to be a nurse and very proud to give back to the profession as a nurse educator and to the community as a nurse practitioner. She believes that it is necessary to teach and to practice the art and science of nursing together in order to truly provide holistic care of patients.