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Priscilla Simmons

DEPARTMENT: Lancaster RN to BS

POSITION: Professor


POSITION: Professor

PHONE: (717) 397-5190


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.


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

Poison Ivy. Nurses Week Continuing Education Presentation at EMU at Lancaster, May 4, 2016.

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