Brenda Hanson-Smith, RNC, DNS, WHNP-C

Dr. Brenda Hanson-Smith

Title: Professor
Joined School of Nursing: 1991

Office: Folsom Hall 2021
Office Phone: 916-278-1508

Mailing Address:
Sacramento State - School of Nursing
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6096


Professional Degrees

  • D.N.S./Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, 2000
  • M.S.N., California State University, Chico, 1975
  • OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner: University of California, San Francisco, COGEN Program, 1975
  • B.S.N., California State University, Chico

Certifications and Credentials

  • Advanced Fetal Monitoring Certification
  • Laerdal Corporation Level 1 Simulation Training
  • Thereaputic Touch Training Certificate
  • NCAST Nursing Child Assessment Certification
  • Lactation Educator and Lactation Counselor Certification


  • NURS 136 - Nursing the Childbearing Family: Skills and Assessment
  • NURS 137 - Nursing the Childbearing Family
  • NURS 145 - Clinical Leadership and Professional Role Development

Research Interests

  • Working Mothers
  • Breastfeeding and Working
  • Women's Health Issues
  • The Meaning of Home for Employed Mothers
  • Parenting
  • Family Theory

Professional Activities

  • 11th Internation Congress on Women's Health Issues- Proposal Review and selection committee member
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau - Iota Eta Chapter Founding Charter Member, Kappa Omicron Chapter charter member, Zeta Eta Chapter member

Publications, Grants and Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Community Service, College of Health and Human Services, 2011
  • Boy Scouts of America, El Dorado District Award of Merit for Leadership, 2005
  • Abstract published in prceedings from 2nd Annual Stanford Patient Care Services Research Day. Sponsored by UCSF Stanford Center for Research & Innovation in Patient Care. Abstract titled: "The Working Mothers Model: The Balancing Act", 2000