Priscilla Simmons

Priscilla Simmons

Office Phone: (717) 397-5190

Cell Phone: (717) 490-0145



Office Location: n/a

Office Hours: By appointment

Dr. Simmons is the academic director and major professor for the ADCP RN-to-BS track in Lancaster, PA. She earned her EdD from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, an MSN from Columbia University, an Ms Ed from Temple University and her BS from Messiah College. She is an experienced medical-surgical and critical care nurse. Her research has 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 one grandson: Clinton is married to Christina Yoder and their son, Everett. Ted is married to Heather Edelman.

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


EdD Teacher’s College at Columbia University
M.S.N. Columbia University
M.S.Ed Temple University
B.S. Messiah College


Simmons, P.R. (2015). History and physical exam (3rd ed.). In D.R. Hess (Ed.), Respiratory care principles and practice (pp. 330-348). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders

Simmons, P.R. (2014, Summer/Fall). The future of nursing education and practice. Teachers College, Columbia University Courier, 105, 1.

Simmons, P.R. (2012). History and physical exam. (2nd ed.) In D.R. Hess (Ed.), Respiratory care principles and practice (pp. 330-348). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders

Simmons, P.R. (2011). Abortion: A dilemma revisited. Shalom: A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation, 31(4), 4.

Simmons, P.R. (2008). Common laboratory tests. In M.A. Hogan (Ed.). Comprehensive review for NCLEX-RN._(pp. 821-837). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Simmons, P.R. & Simmons, M. L. (2004). The state of the art: Oxygen therapy for patients with COPD. MEDSURG Nursing, 13, 82-85.

Simmons, P.R. (2003). A primer for nurses who administer blood products. MEDSURG Nursing, 12, 184-192.

Simmons, P. R. & Cavanaugh, S. H. (2000). Relationships among student and graduate caring ability and professional school climate. Journal of Professional Nursing, 16, 76-83.

Cavanaugh, S. H. & Simmons, P. R. (Winter,1998). Teaching and learning caring ability. Medical Encounter, 2-4.

Cavanaugh, S. H. & Simmons, P.R. (1997) . Evaluation of a school climate instrument for assessing affective objectives in health professional education. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 20, 455-478.

Simmons, P. R. and Cavanaugh, S. H. (1996). Relationships among childhood parental care, professional school climate and nursing student caring ability. Journal of Professional Nursing, 12, 373-381.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Leaves of Three, Let It Be. Presentation at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Native Plant and Wildlife Festival, April 25, 2015.

Using a Wiki to Teach the IOM in an Online MSN course. Poster presentation at the Stewart Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, April, 2014

Church, Community and Professional Service


  • Church Affiliation: Lancaster Brethren in Christ
  • Deacon, 2013
  • Chairman of Missions Committee, 2009 to present


  • Penn State Master Gardener 2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors of LoveINC of Lancaster County 2010 to 2014
  • Fitness Instructor: Teach two one-hour sessions weekly — free to church and community members


  • President District 16 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. 2009 to present
  • Member of Program Committee of the South Central Pennsylvania Evidence-Based Practice Consortium, 2013
  • Ongoing: Professional preceptor and mentor for graduate students who complete their teaching practica at EMU at Lancaster
Honors, Awards and Grants
  • Attained Certified Nurse Educator Status, 2012
  • Nursing Education Award in 2006 from Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
Professional Memberships
  • American Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
  • Pennsylvania State Nurses Association District 16
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Professional Conferences Attended

Isabel Maitland Steward Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2015
Isabel Maitland Steward Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2014