Judy Smetzer BSN, RN

Vice President, ISMP

Judy Smetzer is a Vice President at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). She first joined ISMP in 1997 as an ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellow, completing a 1-year fellowship that provided training in adverse drug event prevention and management. Since completing her fellowship, Judy has served as one of the primary authors and editors of five ISMP newsletters—for hospitals, nurses, community pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and consumers. These publications reach more than 1.5 million readers.

Judy has worked with various teams at ISMP to conduct studies associated with medication safety funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including the ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment® for High-Alert Medications (released in 2018), and the ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Perioperative Settings (to be released in Q1 2021). She is also a certified trainer in Just Culture and has presented to varied healthcare audiences on this topic and many others related to human factors, highly reliable organizations, and medication safety. Her work in these areas has helped many healthcare organizations understand the human behavior behind medication errors and why the second victims of adverse events require and deserve psychosocial and professional support.    

The American Public Health Association honored Judy with the 2002 Avedis Donabedian Award for her work in medication safety. In 2012, she was awarded The Way-Paver for BPOC (Bar-code Point of Care) Award from the TerraPharma Project. In 2013, Judy was the first nurse recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Board of Directors’ Award of Honor. 

In 1974, Judy received a diploma from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Bethlehem, PA, leading to registered nurse licensure in PA. In 1992, she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA.