Brandon Smith, APRN,CNS

  • About
    • Specialties: Clinical Nurse Specialist Psychiatry
    • Gender: Male
    • Languages: English

    What I Do
    In my role, I get clarification on a patient’s diagnosis and then begin a discussion about medications. Getting to the core of symptom management with medications is something that I enjoy. Importantly, I educate a patient on available options, discussing the pros and cons, but ultimately the patient is the main decision maker. I like to tell my patients that they are the captain of the ship, and I am just the navigator who will select reasonable and safe options to avoid icebergs. My main goal in practicing mental health care is to maximize a patient’s optimal health. I want a patient to be able to function and engage in all that life has to offer.

    I have enjoyed working in psychiatric medication management since 2006 in a variety of settings from inpatient care, consultation liaison services, partial hospital programs, university settings and addiction services. However, I have mainly been practicing in the outpatient setting for a number of years.

    Getting to Know Me
    Outside of work, I enjoy skiing, CrossFit, biking, roasting my own coffee beans and spending lazy days lakeside at the family cabin with my two daughters, my beautiful wife and spoiled Frenchie.

    • College
      Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
    • Master’s Degree
      Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN