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Krista J. Simmons, D.N.P., ANP-C, CNL, CNE

Assistant Professor


  • D.N.P., Saint Louis University
  • M.S.N., Saint Louis University
  • Diploma in Nursing, Lutheran School of Nursing
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University

Research Interests

Simmons' research interest includes creating pipelines and implementing programs to increase the nursing workforce. Her additional research interests include:

  • Advocating for policy changes that impact minoritized individuals and the nursing profession.
  • Increasing diversity in the nursing workforce.
  • Creating an inclusive learning and work environment.

Publications and Media Placements

Honors and Awards

  • Daisy Award Nominee, Saint Louis University, 2024
  • Inspirational Leader Award – Greater St. Louis Black Nurses Association, 2023
  • St. Louis Magazine Nurse of the Year -Education Category, Finalist, 2019
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year - Educator, Finalist, 2019
  • 40 under 40 Award – Black Nurses Association, 2018
  • Cura Personalis Mentor Recipient, Saint Louis University, 2018
  • Saint Louis University You Made A Difference Award, 2017
  • Saint Louis University You Made A Difference Award, 2016
  • Salute to Excellence in Health Care, Saint Louis American, 2006

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Missouri Nurses Association, Advocacy Committee Member, 2023 - present
  • Black Nurses Association, Vice President, 2022 - present
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Diversity Leadership Institute, 2021 - present