Stefan Smolenski, DNP

Stefan Smolenski, DNP

Instructor (Clinical)

 311 Cohn, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Office hours

By appointment 

Stefan Smolenski, DNP

Bio Sketch

Dr. Smolenski began his career working on a progressive/telemetry unit and quickly transitioned into the intensive care unit. Since then, he has also worked in various OR settings including electrophysiology labs, cath labs and vascular labs. Clinically, he practices as an orthopedic nurse practitioner, where he primarily works with a post-joint replacement population. His research interests surround the negative experiences felt by students within the clinical setting, including lateral violence, clinical incivility and bullying. As an educator, he strives to create an inclusive environment for all students. His courses often start with some traditional instruction to build students knowledge of a topic, followed by immersive and engaging case studies worked through in groups.


  • DNP & Graduate Teaching Certificate, Wayne State University, 2017
  • BSN, Wayne State University, 2010¬†

Research Interests

  • Clinical incivility
  • Lateral violence
  • Chronic disease management

DNP project planning:

  • Ambulatory surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Clinical incivility/lateral violence in health care

Project types:

  • Quality improvement
  • Program evaluation

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

  • Length of stay management and pain control in post-op joint replacements

Current Research

  • Incivility in the clinical setting/lateral violence experienced by students during clinical rotations

Courses taught by Stefan Smolenski, DNP

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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