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Shellie Simmons

Shellie Simons
Shellie R. SimonsAssociate Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentSusan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone(978) 934-4401
  • EmailShellie_Simons@uml.edu

Research Interests

Workplace violence, Workplace bullying, Lateral violence, The Transition to practice: From Student to Registered Nurse

Education

  • Ph D: Nursing and Health Policy, (2006), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Workplace Bullying Among Newly Licensed Nurses in Massachusetts and the Relationship to Intention to Leave the Organization
  • MS: Medical-Surgical Nursing / Clinical Specialist, (1977), Boston University - Boston, MA
  • BS: Nursing, (1973), State University of New York - Plattsburgh, N.Y

Awards and Honors

  • Nominated for Teacher Award for exceeding excellence in teaching (2010), Teaching - Student Government Association
  • Nursing Department Faculty Teaching Award (2010), Teaching - UMass Lowell MA
  • Theta Alpha Brenda Cherry Research Grant (2004), Scholarship/Research - Sigma Theta Tau
  • Theta-at Large Research Award (2004), Scholarship/Research - Sigma Theta Tau
  • ThetaAlpha Chapter Doctoral Scholarship (2002), Scholarship/Research - Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc
  • Janet Dunphy Doctoral Scholarship by District (1998), Scholarship/Research - Massachusetts Nurses Association.
  • Excellence in Academic Nursing Education Award by District 5, (1997), Service, Professional - Massachusetts Nurses Association

Publications

  • Simons, S.R., Sauer, P. (2013) "An exploration of the workplace bullying experience: Coping strategies used by nurses," Journal of Nurses in Staff Development 29: pp. 228-232
  • Simons, S.R., Remington, R. (2013) "The percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube: a nurse’s guide to PEG tubes," Medsurg Nursing: Official Journal of The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses 22:2 pp. 77-83
  • Catlin, A., Denney, A., Medas, J., Simons, S.R., Abdallah, L.M. (2012) "Feeding tube placement," American Journal of Nursing 112:5 pp. 12-12
  • Simons, S.R., Abdallah, L.M. (2012) "Bedside assessment of enteral tube placement: Aligning practice with evidence.," American Journal of Nursing 112:2 pp. 40-6; quiz 48, 47
  • Simons, S.R., Stark, R.B., DeMarco, R.F. (2011) "A new, four-item instrument to measure workplace bullying.," Research in nursing & health 34:2 pp. 132-40
  • Simons, S.R., Mawn, B. (2010) "Bullying in the workplace--a qualitative study of newly licensed registered nurses.," AAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 58:7 pp. 305-11
  • Simons, S.R. (2008) "Workplace bullying experienced by Massachusetts registered nurses and the relationship to intention to leave the organization," ANS.Advances In Nursing Science 31:2 pp. E48-E59
  • Simons, S.R. (2006) "Workplace bullying experienced by nurses newly licensed in massachusetts and the relationship to intention to leave the organization," Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering 67:6- pp. 3065-3065

Presentations

  • A nursing school’s journey through cultural awareness, inclusivity, and civility - Hot Topics Conference – Civility Rising: Re-envisioning, re-creating, and Thriving in Academia and Practice, April 2015 - Las Vegas, NV
  • A qualitative study of the coping strategies used by nurses who are bullied at work. - Eastern Nursing Research Society 24th Annual Scientific Sessions, 2012 - New Haven, CT
  • Systematic Assessment of Curriculum Gaps to Improve Student Outcomes. - Regional Conference on Assessment in Higher Education, February 2012 - Lowell, MA
  • Coping strategies used by nurses who are bullied at work. - Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, October 2011 - Lowell, MA
  • Where is the Evidence? Bedside Assessment of Nasogastric Feeding Tube Placement. - 15th Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference, June 2011 - NYU Langone Medical Center, NY
  • Workplace hostility: An examination of lateral violence and bullying. - New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, April 2011 - Nashua, NH
  • A qualitative study of workplace bullying among nurses. - Rho Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta, April 2011 - Framingham, MA
  • Nurses who are bullied at work: A qualitative study of the bullying experience using content analysis. - School of Health and Environment Faculty Research Day, April 2011 - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Workplace Bullying Among Newly Licensed Nurses in Massachusetts. - Massachusetts General Hospital Research Group, May 2010 - Boston, MA
  • Lateral Violence in the Workplace: Reflections on Lessons Learned. - Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses 9th Annual Spring Conference, April 2010
  • Bullying among Massachusetts Nurses: Voices from Within. - Ending Horizontal Violence: Creating a Culture of Cohesion Among Nurses Conference, April 2009 - Providence, RI
  • Blueprinting Teacher-made Exams for Content Validity. - First Choice Training Institute, April 2009 - Salem, NH
  • Workplace Hostility: Why are nurses still eating their young? - Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Nursing Staff, January 2009 - Northampton, MA
  • The Bully Among Us: An Examination of Workplace Hostility. - Franciscan Children's Hospital, December 2008 - Brighton, MA
  • Workplace Bullying Among Newly Licensed Nurses in Massachusetts and the Relationship to Intention to Leave the Organization. - Nursing PhD Colloquia, October 2008 - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Nurses Eating Their Young: Exploring Workplace Hostility and Horizontal violence. - Shriners Hospital for Children, October 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Caregiver vs Caregiver: Weêre all on the Same Team; Strategies to Improve the Relationship Between Nursing Professionals. - Western Massachusetts Nurses in Staff Development Organization (WMNSDO), October 2008
  • Test construction and evaluation: Making your tests measure. - First Choice Training Institute, August 2008 - Salem, NH
  • Workplace Bullying: Are Nurses Still Eating their Young? - Nursing Education Conference. Drexel University, June 2008 - Atlantic City, NJ
  • Workplace Bullying Among Newly Licensed Nurses in Massachusetts and the Relationship to Intention to Leave the Organization. - Eastern Nursing Research Society 18th Annual Scientific Sessions, 2006 - Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Workplace Bullying Among Newly Licensed Nurses in Massachusetts and the Relationship to Intention to Leave the Organization. - Sigma Theta Tau Delta Epsilon Chapter's Research Day, 2006 - University of Rhode Island
  • Workplace Bullying Among Newly Licensed Nurses in Massachusetts and the Relationship to Intention to Leave the Organization. - Workplace Bullying, Third Annual International Conference, 2006 - Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Workplace Bullying Among Nurses in Massachusetts. - Conflict Studies Conference, November 2006 - University of Massachusetts Boston
  • The Bully at Work. - Sigma Theta Tau, Theta Kappa Chapter, October 2006 - University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Using a Test Blueprint to Increase Exam Validity. - Rhode Island College, Department of Nursing, March 2006
  • Using the Item Analysis to Revise Your Exams. - Rhode Island College, Department of Nursing, November 2005
  • Introduction to the Item Analysis. - Rhode Island College, Department of Nursing, October 2005
  • Change in Time of Uncertainty: Research & Theory Based Empowerment to Retain Nurses. - Boston College Connell School of Nursing, August 2002
  • Bridging the NCLEX-RN Divide: Strategies for Success. - Teaching and Learning, Massachusetts Community College Conference, April 2002
  • Drop Out, Flunk Out, Wash Out: Creative Strategies for Academic Success. - Nurse Educator Conference, Cape Cod Community College, April 1999
  • Test Construction and Evaluation., 1997 - Lasell College, Newton, MA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Core-Investigator: Patient Safety Center of Inquiry (PSCI) Proposal on Inpatient Nursing Change-of-Shift Handoffs. (), Grant - Veterans Health Administration National Center for Patient Safety
  • Co-Investigators: Bring diversity and leadership to nursing (BDLN) (2011), Grant - HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant
  • PI: Nurses who are bullied at work: A qualitative study of the bullying experience using content analysis. (2011), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter Sigma Theta Tau
  • PI: Workplace Bullying Among Newly Licensed Nurses in Massachusetts and the Relationship to Intention to Leave the Organization (2006), Grant - Theta at Large & Theta Alpha Chapters Sigma Theta Tau
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing (2012), Grant -
    Simons, S.R. (Co-Principal)

Research Currently in Progress

  • Bring Diversity to Nursing: Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Nursing Students
    Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L.M., Knight, M., Simons, S.R.