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Assistant Professor of Nursing

Beebe Degree Campus


  • MSN - Harding University (MSN in High Risk Populations)
  • BSN - Harding University

Professional Credentials

  • RN
  • MSN
  • APN
  • CNS

Teaching Specialties

  • Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Women's Health
  • Adult Wellness

Research Interests

  • Women's Health/Breastfeeding Issues
  • Neonatal Issues
  • Education


  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigman Theta Tau Honor Society
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • Arkansas State Nurses Association
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • International Lactation Consultant Association


Joyce Simmons, RN, MSN, APN, CNS, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing for Arkansas State University, a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse and a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. Professor Simmons has extensive experience in Women and Children's health and educational service areas. Her practice reflects her clinical expertise of more than 20 years of hospital and clinical service, addressing a variety of patient populations including women's issues, neonatal issues, pediatrics and adult wellness screenings.

In her professional relationship at Central Arkansas Hospital, she worked in the Labor and Delivery, Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She helped stabilize and transport critically ill neonates to Arkansas Children's Hospital. She was a Neonatal Resuscitation and Basic Life Support Instructor in the hospital setting for 19 years and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In 1991, she co-authored an article about neonate safety in RN Magazine. She also served on the Executive Staff Committe, Ethics Committee and was a team leader for the Physician Satisfaction Team. She worked part-time for Dr. James Lewis, a local pediatrician. While practicing as an APN, she worked with many types of women's issues in an obstetrician's office. She then partnered with Dr. Wornock and was part of the primary drive behind the wellness program at PrimeCare Medical Clinic. She put together a wellness health risk assessment tool using the best evidence-based practice guidelines.

In 2006, she pursued education and joined the faculty at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Since being an assistant professor, she was chosen to underwrite test questions for the National League for Nursing and received Basic Disaster Life Support Certification. She was an advisee for the Arkansas Children's Hospital Natural Wonders Project through UAMS College of Public Health and serves on the Health Care Advisory Committee for CAPCA Head Start - Education/Disabilities for Arkansas Children. This last year she was a candidate to be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Ambassador to Africa.

Anita Joyce Simmons

Contact Information

P: 501-882-4424
P: 501-882-4403


Building: University Center
Room: 123

Alternative Contact

Debbie Holmberg
P: 501-882-8891