College of Education and Health Professions

Nan Smith-Blair, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor of Nursing

Nan Smith-Blair, Ph.D., R.N.

Associate Professor of Nursing

Eleanor Mann School of Nursing

Faculty, Cellular and Molecular Biology

242 Epley Center for Health Professions
Phone: 479-575-5877
FAX: 479-575-3218

Director, Office for Nursing Research


Ph.D.,   School of Nursing, University of Kansas, 2000
M.S.N., Master of Science in Nursing, Northwestern State University, 1984
B.S.N., Harris College of Nursing, Texas Christian University, 1974

Teaching Areas:

Undergraduate teaching areas: Honors research, pathophysiology, critical care nursing and nursing management.
Graduate teaching areas: Advanced pathophysiology and research.

Research Interests:

Dr. Smith-Blair's research focuses on the physiologic and biochemical effects of emphysema on the development of diaphragm fatigue and therapeutic interventions to improve diaphragm contractility. She also investigates the effect of exercise on pulmonary hypertension and diabetes. She currently coordinates the Dedicated Education Unit and transitional care for congestive heart patients.

Professional Biography:

Dr. Smith-Blair received her B.S.N. from Texas Christian University, and an M.S.N. Northwestern State University. She completed Ph.D. studies in 2000 in nursing at the University of Kansas, where she received the Ph.D. Student award. Dr. Smith-Blair has taught in higher education since 1985 and assumed a position at the University of Arkansas in 1992. Dr. Smith-Blair currently holds professional memberships in the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Southern Nursing Research Association, National Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She has 30 years of critical care nursing experience including neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical care in addition to transport nursing and administrative experience. She assumed the position of director of the school of nursing from 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Smith-Blair was awarded the Department of Nursing, Nurse of the Year Award in 1996. Additionally, she has received the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, outstanding research award in 1995, and 2000- 2004. She has also received the Pi Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Excellence in Research Award in 2002 and 2004. Dr. Smith-Blair was selected to present her research at the prestigious National Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research Gala in Washington, D.C., in 2003. She currently is serving as President Elect for the Southern Nursing Research Society. Dr. Smith-Blair has received fellowships/grants from the National Institute of Nursing, Southern Nursing Research Society and the Arkansas Biological Institute.


Smith-Blair, N. (2013). Pay it forward: The SNRS every member campaign. Research in Nursing & Health; 35 (5):438.

Riggs, E.R., Michaelides, M. A., Parpa, K.M., Smith-Blair, N.J. (2010). The effects of aerobic interval training on the left ventricular morphology and function of VLCAD-deficient mice. Eur J. Appl Physiol ; 110:915-923.

McCurley, L.E., Claney, H.M., Michaelides, M.A., Smith-Blair, N.J., Riggs, C.E. 2007. The effects of endurance exercise training on cardiac function in VLCAD-/- and LCAD -/- mice.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; 39 (5 Suppl): S285-6.

Smith-Blair, N. (2005).  Chapter 10 Critical Care.  In Monahan, F., Marek, J., Sands, J., Neighbors, M., and Green, C. (Eds.)  Medical-Surgical Nursing Health and Illness Perspectives (8th ed.).  St. Louis, Elsevier.

Smith-Blair, N. (2005).  Chapter 19 Shock.  In Monahan, F., Marek, J., Sands, J., Neighbors, M., and Green, C. (Eds.)  Medical-Surgical Nursing Health and Illness Perspectives (8th ed.).  St. Louis, Elsevier.

Smith-Blair, N., Pierce, J.D., & Clancy R. (2003). The effect of dobutamine infusion on fractional diaphragm thickening and diaphragm blood flow during fatigue. Heart & Lung; 32, 111-120.

Smith-Blair, N. (2003). Mechanisms of diaphragm fatigue. AACN Clin Issues, 13, 307-319.

Smith-Blair, N. (2003).  Shock. In J.Sands, J. Marek, F. Monohan, and M. Neighbors (Eds.)  Phipps' Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing (7th ed)  St. Louis: Mosby.  

Smith-Blair, N. (2003).  Critical Care Environment.  In J. Sands, J. Marek, F. Monahan, and M. Neighbors (Eds)  Phipps' Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing (7th ed) St. Louis: Mosby.
Pierce, J.D., Clancy, R., Smith-Blair, N., & Kraft, R. (2002). Treatment and prevention of diaphragm fatigue using low dose dopamine. Biol Resear Nurs; 3, 140-149.

Smith-Blair, N., Pierce, J., Clancy, R.L. (2000). Dobutamine reversal of diaphragm fatigue.  FASEB Journal 14 (4), A608.

Smith-Blair, N., Neighbors, M. (2000).  Use of the critical thinking disposition inventory (CCTDI) in critical care orientation.  J Cont Ed Nurs 31 (6), 251-256.

Smith-Blair, N., Smith, B.L., Bradley, K.J., Gaskamp, C. (1999).  Making sense of a new nursing role: A phenomenological study of an organizational change.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 15(6), 340-348.

Smith-Blair, N., Parker, D.M., Clancy, R.L., & Pierce, J.D. (1999). Pessure-regulated olume-controlled ventilation. Australian Critical Care, 12(2), 60-64.

Smith-Blair, N., Kraft, R., Clancy, R., Pierce, J. (1999).  Effects of dopamine on diaphragm fatigue and diaphragm blood flow.  FASEB Journal 13(12), A498.

Pierce, J.D., Gilliand, E., Smith-Blair, N., Clancy, R.L. (1998).  Effects of volume control, pressure control and pressure regulated volume control on cardiopulmonary parameters in a normal rat lung.  Military Medicine 163, 625-630.

Smith-Blair, N. (1997). Shock.  In F. Monahans & M. Neighbors (Eds.).  Textbook of Medical/Surgical Nursing (2nd ed.).  St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Pierce, J., Trank, J., Gilliland, E., Smith-Blair, N., & Clancy, R. (1997).  Diaphragm shortening during pressure support ventilation.  FASEB Journal 11, A348.

Cordell, B., Smith-Blair, N. (1994)  Streamlined charting for patient education.  Nursing 94, January.

Walker, G., Crossett, L., Smith-Blair, N.J., Cordell, B. (1993).  Total quality management and quality assurance: discussing the difference.  American Journal of Medical Quality, Vol 8, No. 3.

Smith-Blair, N. (1990).  Pain management in neonatal intensive care.  In: M. Rathi (Ed.). Current Perinatology, (Vol II).  New York: Springer-Verlag (pp 212-226).

Smith-Blair, N., Stephenson, C. (1985).  Gastroschisis: a nursing perspective.  Focus on Critical Care, Vol. 13.

Smith-Blair, N. (1985).  Am I my brother's keeper?  Focus on Critical Care, Vol. 12.

Tyson, J.E., Lasky, R.E., Mize, C.E., Richards, C.J., Smith-Blair, N., Whyte, R., Beer, A.E.  Growth, metabolic response, and development in very-low-birth-weight infant fed banked human milk or enriched formula.  Journal of Pediatrics, Vol 103, 1983.