Professional Experience

Interim Specialty Director Clinical Nurse Leader Program,
University of Rochester, Rochester/New York, NY, US. 2021 - 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

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

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

Presentations

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

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

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.