Laurie Smith, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Health Care Executive


Laurie L. Smith, MSN, RN, NEA-BC is a visionary health care executive with over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience. Inspired by her mother who was a combat medic in the Army, Laurie chose nursing as her career path. Throughout her career, Laurie has led complex and multi-disciplinary teams through transformation and growth.

Laurie has previously served as the System Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President of Hospital Operations in the largest health care system in Montana. In her role as CNO, she was accountable for driving hospital operations, strategic vision, oversight of multi-disciplinary teams and nursing practice. She has a history of developing strong partnerships with physician colleagues in order to establish healthy team dynamics. She was a key member in launching Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging practices within the organization. Laurie helped to drive 16 years of Magnet designation for nursing excellence and served on multiple boards. She understands the complexities of health care today and the challenges that our teams are facing.

A sought-after mentor, Laurie has experience teaching and presenting internationally in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. She continues international work aspiring to lessen the gap in health care leadership development. Her passion lies with creating psychologically safe environments where all team members feel valued. Executive leadership development is key to the success of such environments and Laurie seeks to serve as a catalyst with this goal at the forefront.

Laurie earned her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Mary and her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Laurie speaks on resilience, transformational leadership and empowerment of teams.