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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Announces Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Election Results

February 7, 2018 | Featured on American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Judy A. Beal, D.N.Sc., R.N., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, was elected as chair-elect for two years and will serve as Board Chair of The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) from 2020-2022.

The 30 Most Influential Deans of Nursing in the United States

August 15, 2017 | Featured on Mometrix Test Preparation

Judy A. Beal, D.N.Sc., R.N., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., ranks as 30 most influential Deans of Nursing in the United States according to Mometrix Test Preparation.

Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs

February 2, 2017 | Featured on US News & World Report

Simmons University ranks #60 for the 2017 Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs according to US News and World Report.

Preparing the Next Generation of Nursing Leaders

September 28, 2016Featured on Simmons School of Nursing, News

CNBHS Dean Judy Beal and Patricia Reid Ponte, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior VP of Patient Care Services at DFCI and Executive Director, of Oncology Nursing & Clinical Services at BWH, are collaborating with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to develop an intensive Strategic Management and Decision Making program for top-level nurse executives.

Simmons University Earns High Marks in List of Top Online Graduate Nursing Programs

July 27, 2016Featured on

Simmons University is ranked no. 8 in's 2016 Top Online Graduate Nursing Programs list. A Nursing@Simmons student praised the program saying, "I never thought it to be possible to be a part of a community in an online program, but Simmons makes it possible! I've created and fostered friendships across the country."

Not enough doctors? Nurses fill the gap after earning online degrees.

February 16, 2016 | Featured on STAT

As the population ages, older physicians retire, and more patients seek medical care due to the Affordable Care Act, the nation could face a shortfall of 31,000 primary care physicians by 2025. Learn how nurse practitioners are stepping up to fill that gap after earning their degrees online.


Demystify the Clinical Component of Online Graduate Nursing Programs

August 14, 2015 | featured on U.S. News & World Report

For many online nursing students, finding and completing their clinical requirements can be a challenge. Prospective graduate students should consider these three factors when selecting a program and preparing for the clinical experience.


Leave it to the Manikins

May 28, 2015 | featured on Inside Higher Ed

While many nursing students practice fundamental skills on one another, programs are increasingly using high-fidelity manikins to introduce clinical skills. These can replicate a number of scenarios students might not have an opportunity to learn in clinical but that are still important to understand. Nursing@Simmons manikins can replicate medical scenarios ranging from cardiac arrest to childbirth.


It's a Great Time to be a Registered Nurse

November 12, 2014 | featured on

The career outlook for RNs has never been brighter. Learn about the various types of nursing degrees available and the benefits of each, including salary and hiring prospects with this helpful infographic.


In the Spotlight: LaDonna L. Christian

June 22, 2013 | featured on

Nursing@Simmons faculty member, LaDonna L. Christian, discusses some of her nursing career experiences and shares what she would like to achieve in the future.


Putting Simmons ‘On the Map’ for Women

June 14, 2013 | featured on Boston Business Journal

President Helen Drinan’s leadership helps shape budding careers and build confidence in the lives of Simmons University students.


Online Nursing Master’s Program Stresses Leadership

May 16, 2013 | featured on Health Leaders Media

An online university program for aspiring family nurse practitioners promises “an exact replica” of the rigorous clinical and leadership training offered on campus.