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Megan Simmons, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Nashville, TN

Assistant Professor and PMHNP

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Hospital Affiliations

Education & Training

  • Vanderbilt University School of NursingD.N.P., Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 2013
  • Vanderbilt University School of NursingM.S.N., Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 2005
  • Elon UniversityB.A., Psychology, 2003

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Inaugural Rising Star Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, 2015
  • Middle Tennessee Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year Award March of Dimes, 2014
  • Hassenplug Scholarship Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
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Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

  • Teaching a systems approach: An innovative quality improvement project  
    Hamrin, V, Vick, R., Brame, C., Simmons, M., Smith, L., & Vanderhoef, D, Journal of Nursing Education, 1/1/2016
  • Application of resources for non-pharmacological interventions to improve dementia care in nursing homes  
    Simmons, M., Peraza-Smith, G.B., Harris, M., & Scanland, S., Geriatric Nursing, 1/1/2015
  • Physical attractiveness and sex in judgments about perceived sexually promiscuous others  
    Levesque, M., Vichesky, D., Simmons. M., Wicke, K., & Lipe, A., Psychological Reports, 1/1/2007


  • Assessment of Off-Label Usage of Antipsychotics in Middle Tennessee Nursing Homes
    Simmons M, American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 1/1/2015
  • Integrity of the Fourth P and Student Needs in Clinical Supervision: Strategies to Orient and Mentor PMHNP Clinical Supervisors
    Simmons M with Vanderhoef, D., Scroggie, J. & Adams, S., American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 1/1/2015
  • An Analysis of Male Body Image Dissatisfaction: A Survey of Heterosexual Men
    Simmons M, Student Undergraduate Research Forum, Elon, NC, 1/1/2014
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  • Alzheimer’s: Non-Pharmacologic Management of Agitation in Dementia 
    Murfreesboro, TN - 1/1/2016
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Education for the Healthcare Workforce: Outcomes, Future Directions, and Collaboration Opportunities with GECs 
    Nashville, TN - 1/1/2015
  • Mental Health in the Older Adults 
    Nashville, TN - 1/1/2015
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  • Geropsych clinical practice pearls. 
    Sheppard, M, GAPNA Newsletter, Spring