Meet the Dean

Judy BealThank you for taking the time to learn more about the School of Nursing at Simmons University. Simmons has a long tradition offering academic programs in the health professions. We have been educating nurses since 1901; dietitians and physical therapists since the 1940s; nurse practitioners since 1978; nursing executives since 2008 and health professions educators since 2005.

Our school has cutting edge curricula, an interprofessional mission and approach and faculty who are top notch scholars, researchers, clinicians and leaders in their fields.

Our Mission

The School of Nursing is preeminently known for its transformative, learner-centered education preparing students to become compassionate, patient and family-centered clinicians who care for diverse populations.

Our program of study is designed to prepare nurses in various spheres of health care to be future leaders who are clinically expert, socially and scientifically grounded, inquisitive and curious. Our graduates engage in nursing practice that is exemplified by caring, scholarship, leadership, and advocacy commensurate with their level of preparation in order to advance nursing science and address the significant health concerns within our global society.

Our Vision

The Simmons School of Nursing is a welcoming and diverse community that is preeminently known for preparing innovative clinicians and knowledgeable scholars who lead the re-design of health care to address the changing needs of humankind worldwide. The education of future nursing professionals is designed to improve the health and common good of the world embracing the following values:

  • Respect
    • We have the utmost regard for one's individual humaness and inherent dignity.
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
    • We appreciate the differences of all people, cultures, identities, and perspectives.
  • Integrity and Accountability
    • We accept responsibility for establishing and maintaining the trust of patients and families during the provision of safe, quality care.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
    • We provide holistic care with a unique disciplinary focus as part of an interprofessional team.
  • Caring and Compassion
    • We offer care and compassion to those in need with intention and purpose.
  • Professional Development
    • We are committed to life-long learning and the advancement of nursing science.
  • Excellence
    • We provide specialized expertise and wisdom to optimize health outcomes for patient, families and communities.

What an exciting time pursue a degree in the health professions. With an aging society, healthcare reform and a growing interest in wellness and disease prevention, the need is great for healthcare professionals – with significant job growth projected through 2025. Our strong focus on interprofessional education is supported by the Institute of Medicine as the most effective approach to educating students for careers in the health professions.

Our school embraces Simmons mission: Transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose. Our programs promote "a student-centered culture of learning, leading and making a difference." We transform the lives of students and patients on a daily basis. Our graduates are prepared to deliver high quality care in a complex healthcare delivery system, and will be the future leaders of healthcare.

Judy A. Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing and Health Sciences