Nursing Blog


Preventive Health Care: The Role of Nurse Practitioners

According to the CDC, seven out of 10 deaths in the United States are due to chronic disease such as cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have the potential to play a significant role in preventive care, which has traditionally been provided by primary care physicians.

Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Medical Marijuana

As legislatures across the U.S. begin to legalize the use of marijuana, Nurse Practitioners will face questions about if and when patients can use the drug as part of their treatment. 

Student Spotlight: Mary Haber

Nursing@Simmons graduate Mary Kathleen Haber currently works as an FNP in Baltimore in a primary care outpatient setting. Learn more about Mary in the following Q&A.

Where Can Nurse Practitioners Work Without Physician Supervision?

Since the inception of the first Nurse Practitioner education program in 1965, men and women in the profession have experienced great success and heated opposition. Physician organizations have openly opposed …

Understanding the Psychological Effects of Breast Cancer

In the United States, more than 230,000 women and approximately 2,600 men receive a breast cancer diagnosis each year. Addressing the physical demands of the disease, however, is just one part of a comprehensive treatment regimen for breast cancer; treatment must account for patients' psychological needs as well.

Student Spotlight: Michael Toledo

Nursing@Simmons student Michael Toledo is a Miami, Florida, native who started his career as a basic X-ray machine operator at 20 years old. He worked in various health care settings, including urgent care, orthopedics, and family practice, until earning his associate degree in nursing at the age of 32. For the past seven years, he's been an ICU nurse in Wellington, Florida. Learn more about Michael, who is a part of the RN to MSN program's January 2015 cohort, in the Q&A below.