Audra Renee-Smith Xenakis

Lead Instructor, VN


Vocational Nursing

Additional Title

Dr. Audra Renee-Smith Xenakis

Courses Taught

VNSG 1204: Foundations of Nursing

VNSG 1119: Leadership and Professional Development

VNSG 2331: Advanced Nursing Skills

VNSG 1409: Nursing in Health & Illness II

VNSG 2510: Nursing in Health & Illness III

VNSG 1423: Basic Nursing Skills

VNSG 1260: Clinical-LVN Training 

VNSG 1460: Clinical LVN Training II

VNSG 2461: Clinical LVN Training III


2023 Abilene Christian University, Abilene; Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership

2018 University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio; Bachelor of Science in Nursing

1992 McClennan Community College, Waco; Associate Degree in Nursing

1991 Temple College, Temple;  Vocational Nursing Certificate 

Teaching Experience

Temple College-Assistant Professor, Vocational Nursing

Temple College-Clinical Teaching Assistant, Clinical Simulation 


Professional Experience

Dr. Xenakis’s thirty-year-plus nursing career has spanned roles and responsibilities as charge nurse, nursing director, nurse manager, clinical nurse research coordinator, staff nurse, childbirth educator, keynote speaker, and author. Her service has included medical, surgical, pediatrics, and obstetrics within acute and ambulatory settings. 

Dr. Xenakis has cohosted two weekly radio programs with Dr. Alan Xenakis on NPR’s affiliated station KAMU-FM 90.9 in College Station Texas, Xpress with Doc X MD and Audra RN© focused on discussing ethical dilemmas in a variety of interests. Twice weekly during NPR’s Morning Edition, Dr. Xenakis co-hosted and co-produced Doc X MD and Audra RN Funny Feelings©. These vignettes are three-minute audios that bring answers to mind, body, and behavior puzzlers on “why we do what we do”

Professional Publications

Xenakis, Audra Renee-Smith, “Impact of Personalized Interactive Storytelling on Suspension of Disbelief in Clinical Simulation” (2023). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 563.

Caplinger, P., Cooney, A., Bledsoe, C., Hagan, P., Smith, A., Whitfield, P., … Tipton, P. H. (2015). Breastfeeding outcomes following bariatric surgery. Clinical Lactation, 6(4), 144-152. doi:10.1891/2158-0782.6.4.144

Hernandez, A. (1997). Giving the customer what they want. Childbirth Instructor Magazine.

Professional Presentations


Podium Presentation: Train-ing Day: Conducting a Skill Fair to Keep Students on Track at International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL) Conference, 2022


Podium Presentation: Train-ing Day: Conducting a Skill Fair to Keep Students on Track at Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (TACTE) Conference Spring 2022



Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap Award for Outstanding Leadership, Communication, and Clinical Excellence from the University of the Incarnate Word Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions- 2018