About the Author

Linda Smith

Linda Smith's nursing career has been spent working in the specialty area of Addiction and Mental health with a focus on helping nurse colleagues. Linda has extensive experience in development, implementation and evaluation of nurses’ diversion/alternative to discipline (monitoring programs) since the mid 1980’s. One of the pioneers in this area Linda has worked and learned from “the best.”

Linda received her BSN from Medical University of South Carolina, a Masters in Nursing from the University of South Carolina followed by post-graduate certification in Addictions from the University of Washington School of Nursing. She served as the founding president of the National Organization for Alternative Programs (NOAP) and after working with nurses in substance disorder treatment, facilitating nurse support groups and directing a hospital employee assistance program.

Linda directed Florida’s Intervention Project for Nurses (a state-wide program) for 18 years. Linda continues her consulting work with Florida Department of Health and many other State Boards of Nursing and other Professional Groups regarding impairment/recovery issues among professionals and development and evaluation of Nurse Monitoring Programs.

Linda is certified as an addictions professional with a specialty in relapse prevention. Linda’s desire for theological study most recently took her to EMORY University in Atlanta where she completed her Masters in Divinity. “It just makes sense – Addiction is a bio-psycho-social and spiritual illness, with all components deserving equal emphasis for strong recovery and overall wellness”.

Gretchen LaGodna, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is a Professor Emerita from the University of Kentucky who was one of the founders of the Kentucky Peer Assistance Program. She devoted much of her distinguished nursing career assisting nurses in recovery receive advocacy and support, as well as in related program development and consultation.

Contact Linda L. Smith

Phone: (904) 654-9989
Fax: (904) 372-7018