Cheryl K. Schmidt, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Clinical Professor, Pre-licensure Program
Arizona State University
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Dr. Schmidt has taught community health nursing to baccalaureate nursing students since 1975, at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND; Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH; the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock, AR, and now at Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. She earned her nursing diploma at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, OH, her BSN and Masters in Nursing at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and her PhD in Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Schmidt is a Certified Nurse Educator, a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, and a Fellow in the American Nurses Association Academy of Nursing. She has been actively involved with professional and community organizations for fifty-one years. She has served in leadership positions of the American Nurses Association (ANA) at the local, state and national levels, and has served as a consultant to the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) at the local, state and national levels, including a term as the ANA-appointed Consultant to the NSNA Board of Directors. Dr. Schmidt has been a volunteer nurse in the American Red Cross since 1974, and has taught disaster preparedness education to health care professionals, nursing students, and community members throughout the United States. Her research interests include disaster preparedness of nursing students. A national study explored levels of preparedness, which revealed lack of preparedness, leading to increased emphasis on this topic at the National Student Nurses' Association. She co-authored the American Red Cross "Disaster Health and Sheltering" course, which has prepared more than 20,000 students throughout the U.S. to serve as volunteers in Red Cross disaster shelters.
Dr. Schmidt has received several awards related to her Red Cross work, including a regional Ann Magnussen Award, a Chapter-level Clara Barton Volunteer Leadership Honor Award, and the 2011 International Committee of the Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal (one of four in the U.S. and 39 in the world that year). She also serves as a member of the Research Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC). The purpose of VEMEC is to "develop a vision for the future of disaster nursing; identify barriers and facilitators to achieving this vision; and, develop recommendations for nursing practice, education, policy and research."
Dr. Schmidt has co-authored three book chapters and several manuscripts related to her disaster preparedness work, and presented countless papers at local, state, regional, national and international levels. Dr. Schmidt is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, and a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. She is currently involved in teaching her nursing courses online and in person while helping to do COVID-19 vaccinations in the community.