Staci Simmons

Clinical Assistant Professor


  • DNP, Nursing, The University of Alabama, 2019
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute and Continuing Care, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2006
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2002


Dr. Staci Abernathy Simmons is a full-time clinical assistant professor, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She received BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a DNP from the University of Alabama. She is experienced in pediatric critical care, having worked in emergency, air medical transport, neonatal, and pediatric intensive care units. Dr. Simmons is a board certified acute and continuing care pediatric nurse practitioner, maintaining a clinical practice in the pediatric cardiac ICU and step-down units at Children’s of Alabama. Her research is focused on improving nurses’ professional wellbeing through self-care and mindfulness.

Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent and/or Pediatric Health
  • Nursing Education & Professional Development
  • Clinical Practice