Barbara Simmons, PhD, RN
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
Coordinator, Graduate Entry Program, UIC College of Nursing
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Simmons's research interests include clinical decision making,
forensic nursing, and the use of technology in nursing education.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Simmons teaches Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology (theory) in both the undergraduate and graduate entry program and is coordinator of several courses in the Graduate Entry Program (GEP), including Concepts and Skills, Adult/Geriatric Health, Integrated Health Care Practicum I, and Practicum Synthesis. She is the director of the Advanced Practice Forensic Nursing program, which has been developed through a HRSA training grant.
Service / Practice
Dr. Simmons is a fellow in the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College and a
member of the PreNCLEX Curriculum Subcommittee.
The PhD in Nursing was a personal goal that she achieved despite numerous personal and financial hardships at the time. Even more important than that is watching her two adult children follow in her footsteps. Her son is working on his clinical doctorate in psychology, and her daughter is finishing her master's degree in journalism. She loves to garden in the summer and bring a little bit of the garden to her office, where you'll see such exotic plants as the "Pregnant Onion," her two pitcher plants that are almost growing out of control, and a Sago palm that doesn't even look real. It sure makes the workspace more enjoyable. She has volunteered for years at an animal shelter, and her two cats are great companions who greet her at the door every night. Then there's her home, which she finally purchased and has enjoyed remodeling (and living in at the same time!). Who says you can't get what you want?
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