1. Guthy, Beth

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It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of Suzanne P. Smith, EdD, RN, FAAN, our Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator and Editor Emerita of JONA.


Suzanne has been Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator since 1983, when then J.B. Lippincott Publishers purchased Nurse Educator. Suzanne has long been known as a mentor, colleague, and friend to countless authors, reviewers, editors, and educators around the world. I have worked with Suzanne for nearly 25 years, and I cannot begin to convey all that I've learned from her through the years; her scholarship, selflessness, and no-nonsense approach with a touch of humor are what I'll remember best. The following tribute from Suzanne's Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins friends and colleagues was originally published on


"In the nursing world, there are a few people we can identify as having shaped the world of nursing education, practice, and leadership. This week we lost one of those individuals, Suzanne P. Smith, EdD, RN, FAAN.


When word spread that Suzanne passed away unexpectedly, a ripple went through the entire nursing community. Suzanne had been an integral part of the nursing community for many years. Perhaps best known for her scholarly contributions on education and leadership; Suzanne was editor-in-chief of two nursing journals, The Nurse Educator and until 2011 The Journal of Nursing Administration published by Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. She also contributed to many books and was an important leader within the International Academy of Nursing Editors.


Suzanne wrote about the importance of the evolution of nursing education to meet the needs of an evolving healthcare system. She was well known for her work on organizational transformation, process-centered healthcare and leadership. Suzanne was a mentor for new authors, educators, and leaders within the nursing profession. She believed in leading by example and was often the bar to which nurse editors, authors, educators, and leaders were compared. In 2011, Suzanne was recognized for her contributions to the global nursing and healthcare community when she received the prestigious President's Specialty Recognition Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. [To see a video of Suzannes acceptance speech, go to]


Dr. Suzanne Smith lived her life as she wanted to, contributing to the profession she so greatly loved, nursing. Her legacy will be one filled with inspiration, dedication, and fortitude. Suzanne believed each of us has the power to transform healthcare organizations, education, and the nursing profession. Suzanne, you will be greatly missed."1


-From the Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Family


Suzanne retired from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer Health and JONA in 2011 but continued as Editor-in-Chief on Nurse Educator because she wasn't quite ready to give up the work she loved. Now our work begins to fill the shoes of a legend and continue the proud publishing tradition Suzanne led for over 30 years.



Beth Guthy


Nurse Educator Publisher




1. A Tribute to Suzanne Smith, Lippincotts Nursing Available at: Accessed October 2013. [Context Link]