Professional Experience
Specialty Director Clinical Nurse Leader Program, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2022 - Current

Specialty Director Leadership in Health Care Systems Program, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2021 - Current

Co-Specialty Director Leadership in Health Care Systems Program, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2020 - 2021

Retention Officer Nursing Practice, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2015 - 2021

Nurse Manager Acute Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2010 - 2015

Assistant Nurse Manager Adult Service Education, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2000 - 2010

Interim Nurse Manager Adult Flex Team, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2008 - 2009

Assistant Nurse Manager GYN Oncology, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 1998 - 2000

Assistant Nurse Manager Intermediate Coronary Care Unit Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 1992 - 1997

Assistant Nurse Manager Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 1990 - 1992

Staff Nurse Phase 1 Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 1986 - 1990

Assistant Nurse Manager Surgical Intensive Care Unit Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 1981 - 1985

Staff Nurse Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 1979 - 1981

Awards
Leadership in Precepting Award
University of Rochester, 2014

Bronze Star Recipient
University of Rochester, 2014

Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award - National Nurses Week
University of Rochester, 2013

URMC Medical Center Board of Excellence Team Award - 43400 Acute Medicine
University of Rochester, 2012

URMC Medical Center - Center Board of Excellence Award
University of Rochester, 2012

Nursing Practice Fostering Professionalism Award - National Nurses Week
University of Rochester - - Rochester/New York, NY, 1995

Presentations
WCI Preceptor Retreat: Revise, Refresh, Revitalize
URMC Wilmot Cancer Institute Nursing Preceptor Retreat, 2021

Empathy
URMC Psychiatric Nursing Assistant Nurse Manager Retreat, 2021

A Silent Epidemic: Nurses Neglecting Self Care and Wellness
GCH NICU Nursing Annual Retreat, 2020

Debriefing Nursing a Pandemic
URMC Nursing Practice, 2020

Most Valuable Resource
URMC Surgical ICU Nursing Retreat, 2020

Staffing: Recruitment and Retention A Panel Discussion
FLONEL Finger Lakes Organization of Nurse Executives and leaders, FLONEL, 2020

Balance and Wellness for the Nurse Leader Part 1
URMC Nursing Practice Leadership Development Series, 2019

Golden Opportunity
URMC Med/Surg Flex Team Nursing Retreat, 2019

Wellness
URMC 4-1200 Palliative Care Nursing Leadership Retreat, URMC, 2019

Striving for Work Life Balance
GCH 7 South Pediatric Surgery, Renal and GI Nursing New Graduate Support Group Meeting, URMC, 2019

Wellness
URMC OBGYN Nursing Leadership Retreat, 2019

Expectations and Pitfalls of Nursing Leadership
URMC Oncology Nursing Leadership Retreat, 2019

Improving Nursing Retention Utilizing Exit Interview Data
NYS 6th Annual ANA Conference, NYS ANA Conference, 2018
Albany, New York

7-1600 Preceptor Program Reevaluate, Revise, Refresh, Revitalize
URMC 7-1600 CVICU Nurse Residency Program Presentation, 2018

Nursing Exit Interview Data 2nd Quarter 2018
URMC Nurse Manager Education Series, 2018

Compassion Fatigue
URMC 7-1600 CVICU Nurse Residency Program Presentation, URMC, 2018

Building Trust and Culture through Effective Communication
URMC Neuro ICU Nurse Staff Retreat, 2018

Preparing for Professional Interviews
St John Fisher SON Senior Nursing, 2017

Nursing Retention
URMC Professional Nursing Council, 2017

4-3400 New Hire Support Day
URMC 4-3400 Solid Organ Transplant Nursing New Hire Support Group Retreat, URMC, 2017

Retention Officer Role: Key Findings and Strategies to Retain Staff
Highland Hospital Leadership Team Retreat, 2017

Transformational Leadership
URMC Nursing Practice Leadership Empowerment Series, 2017

Work Life Balance
URMC Lattimore Women’s Center Staff Retreat, 2016

Performance Improvement Plans to Improve Success
Leadership Development Series, URMC Center for Nursing Professional Development, 2016

A Strong Care for Being ARMED with RNs
Karen Gastle, Amanda Skermont
Best Practice Showcase National Nurses Week, University of Rochester, 2015
Rochester/New York, New York

Nursing Retention and Mentorship
Professional Nursing Council Annual Retreat, 2015

Transplant Nurses Rock
URMC 4-3400 Solid Organ Transplant New Nurse Support Group Retreat, URMC, 2015

Career Sculpting
URMC Nursing Leadership Retreat, 2014

Economic Information for Nurse Leaders
URMC Professional Nursing Council Monthly Education Series, 2014

Giving Constructive Feedback
URMC Med/Surg Nursing Leaders, URMC, 2012

Introducing CDIFF CUSP Bundle
URMC Interdisciplinary Teams, URMC, 2012

CDIFF CUSP Update
2nd Annual Rochester Area Infection Prevention CDIFF Conference, 2012
Rochester, New York

Publications
Dzikowicz, D. J., Schmitt, L. A., Gastle, K., Skermont, A., Carey, M.G. (2020). Comparing an all-RN unit to a mixed-skill unit at a hospital. JONA, 50 (12), e14-e22.

Harris, J. &Schmitt, L. (2004). National patient safety goals guide safe care. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 19 (2), 88-91. PMID: 15077823 DOI: 10.1097/00001786-200404000-00002