Naila Russell

Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of Advanced Practice - FNP Program
  • School of Nursing
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  • Northwestern Michigan College: ADN
  • University of Phoenix: BSN
  • University of Michigan-Flint: DNP


  • Registered Nurse: MA, MD
  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner: MD
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: ANCC

About Me

I have been affiliated with the graduate nursing program since fall of 2015. I have had the experience of teaching throughout the program as well as developing curriculum for a number of [email protected] courses. Before transitioning into the role of Interim Director of Advanced Practice, I was the course coordinator for NURP 450.

I am passionate about the role that nurse practitioners play in shaping the health care system and believe that nurse practitioners are the future of primary care in the United States. My goal is for every Simmons graduate nursing student to leave our program prepared to advocate for social justice in health through patient care and professional leadership.

I strive to achieve this goal for myself in my clinical practice, professional advocacy, and post graduate education.

What I Teach

  • NURP 450: Healthcare Systems: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • NURP 670: Health Policy

Area of Expertise

  • Dermatology
  • Health Policy

Research/Special Projects

  • Fellowship in Health Policy and Media, the George Washington University Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement
  • Harvard Medical School Media and Medicine Program


  • Living with COVID-19: voices from the grassroots. Journal for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000607
  • Why Nurse Practitioners Need Virgin River's Melinda Monroe, APRN The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 2020-04 | journal-article
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2020.01.015
  • America Needs Nurse Practitioners to Advocate for Social Justice The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 2020-10 | journal-article
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2020.06.024
  • Misinformation During COVID: How Should Nurse Practitioners Respond? The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 2021-04 | journal-article
    DOI: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2021.03.013

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • President-elect for the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland
  • Southern District Director for Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland
  • Board Member for Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland
  • Legislative Committee member for Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau
  • Member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners