Lancaster RN to BS



Lindsey graduated from EMU in the spring of 2004 with majors in sociology and Spanish and a minor in socioeconomic development. She spent her senior year as a student participating in the Washington Community Scholar’s Center. Currently she lives in an intentional community in Mt. Rainier, Md.

Dawn Lambert
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dawn has been teaching in the RN-BS in Nursing program at the Lancaster site since 2008. She teaches the Art and Science of Effective Communication, Family Health, and Community Health courses.
As the School Nurse Certification Program Coordinator, she developed the School Nurse track of the MS in Nursing program and presently teaches three of the four graduate level courses required for Pennsylvania school nurse certification.

Dawn began her nursing education at Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing where she earned a diploma in nursing. She continued her education at Millersville University earning a BSN degree and then attended Immaculata College earning a School Nursing Certification. Dawn received her MSN with a concentration in Community Health and Nursing Education from West Chester University and has a PhD in Nursing Education from Capella University.

Dawn has worked as a nursing educator in long term care as well as acute care settings. Additionally, Dawn has experience as a certified school nurse at the elementary and secondary levels.

She is married to Matt Lambert and they have four children, two of whom are adopted from Bulgaria. Dawn and her husband have both participated in short-term mission trips with their church, Community Evangelical Free Church, in Elverson. Dawn is involved in the youth ministry and the mercy and encouragement ministry.

Priscilla Simmons

Dr. Simmons is a professor in the RN-to-BS program in Lancaster, PA and also in the online RN-to-BS and MSN programs. She earned her EdD from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, an MSN from Columbia University, an MsEd from Temple University and her BS from Messiah College. Her clinical focus has been medical-surgical and critical care nursing. Her doctoral research focused on effectiveness of the nursing school environment and the development of caring ability among nursing students. She is married to Mark Simmons who is the Director of the School of Respiratory Therapy at York College of Pennsylvania. Dr Simmons has two children two grandsons and one grand-daughter: Clinton is married to Christina Yoder and they have a son, Everett and a daughter, Evangelina. Ted is married to Heather Edelman and they have a son, Mason.

Dr. Simmons is involved in the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church. Her additional interests include gardening and in particular, her role as a Penn State Master Gardener.

Nancy Wise
Assistant Professor

Nancy has been teaching full-time in the Eastern Mennonite University Lancaster RN-to-BS in Nursing Program since July 2014.

Prior to full-time teaching at EMU Lancaster, Nancy taught at EMU Lancaster as an adjunct faculty member, and also gained teaching experience through her role as clinical and classroom instructor, Harrisburg Area Community College Lancaster Campus 2009-2014, clinical instructor at Alvernia University, 2013, and through several graduate assistantships at Villanova University, 2009-2013.

Nancy has gained valuable experience in conducting research studies, and publishing research findings through her own research in the pregnant adolescent population, and through active participation on externally-funded research committees at Villanova University.

Nancy is married to Brian and has a son (serving in the Army Reserves), daughter-in-law, grandson Owen, and daughter, son-in-law (serving in the US Air Force). She and her family have attended LCBC church for several years and is an occasional volunteer in teen ministry. Nancy also teaches cooking skills and offer nutrition tips at a women’s shelter.

Adjunct Faculty


Linda Witmer
Director RN to BSN in Nursing

Linda is the Administrative Director of the Nursing program in Lancaster, PA. She teaches Community Health, Cultural Perspectives, Family Health, and Global Trends in Health in the RN-BS in Nursing program. Linda has 23 years of international experience, serving under both Mennonite Central Committee and Eastern Mennonite Mission with the K’ekchi’ Maya in Guatemala. She did leadership training and was the program coordinator for the health, development, and church programs. In 1996 Linda worked alongside the K’ekchi’ to initiate the Bezaleel Education Center for K’ekchi’ youth and a land project for landless K’ekchi’. Her work as a community health nurse in Coatesville, PA led to the initiation of Bridge of Hope, a program for homeless women and children. At Goshen College she taught Community Health, Transcultural Nursing, Health Care for the Poor and served as adjunct professor located in Guatemala offering an annual 3-week course on “Doing Theology in Latin America.”

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