Patricia Rissmiller

Associate Professor


  • BSN Catholic University of America, Washington DC
  • MSN Boston University, Boston Mass
  • DNSc Boston University, Boston Mass


  • Registered Nurse
  • PNP- BC

Area of Expertise

  • Maternal Child Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Interprofessional Education and Practice

Current Teaching 

  • Currently teaches across both the Masters and Doctoral Level, both on site and on line.
  • Coordinates and teaches the research sequence as well as Promotion and Health Care Systems.
  • Interested in facilitating research dissemination for both Masters and Doctoral level students. As a course outcome several students have presented posters at national and local conferences as well as published in scholarly journals.

Community Engagement

  • Serves on the Harvard School of Public Health Advisory Board for the Maternal Child Health Program. The Graduate program has a Dual Degree program in collaboration with HSPH.
  • Faculty consultant on the Maternal Child Health Funded grant for Leadership Training in Neurodevelopmental and Developmental Disorders at Children's Hospital, Boston.
  • Serves as the faculty counselor and board member for Sigma Theta Tau the honorary nursing organization.


Facilitating student publication and dissemination is a main objective. These projects are in collaborative projects with students.


  • Astaruta, S., Caruso, L., Barron, A., Rissmiller,P.( 2016). The lived experience of women’s sexual Health after hematopoietic cell transplant. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43, 754-759.
  • Mackay, M., Glynn, D, McVey, C.& Rissmiller,P.,(2017). Nurse practitioner residency programs and transition to practice. Nursing Forum, 53(6).


  • Ethical Issues of Newborn Screening. Invited presentation. LEND Program. Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Interpersonal Violence and IPV. World Challenge. Simmons University


  • Simmons University
    School of Nursing and Health Sciences 2008
    Community Participation Award
  • Toby Sloan Faculty Award
    Simmons University

Patricia Rissmiller in the News

An aerial view of the Simmons University academic campus

Simmons University Receives more than $400,000 in a grant from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Simmons University has received grant funding from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to address health needs in the communities the hospital serves. The $416,000 grant awarded to Simmons University will help support mental and behavioral health at Fenway High School located in Mission Hill.

Dr. Marjorie Readdy, Director of Health Services, 1949-1982, poses with a stethoscope on the back of an unidentified nursing student while Elsie Fenney, Assistant Director of Health Services, looks on.

Archive Project Documents Simmons' Role in the History of Nursing Education

"Simmons has a great reputation for educating nurses," says School of Nursing Associate Professor Patricia Rissmiller. "The Nursing program at Simmons started in 1902. I've often wondered how it started, and how we got to where we are." Rismiller's interest...

Shout-outs from Students and Alums

Boston Children's Hospital Main Entrance

School of Nursing Students Train to Work with Children with Developmental Disorders

Simmons School of Nursing students Rachel Takes ’24MSN and Elizabeth Strager ’19 ’21MSN, FNP- C, ’25DNP were recruited into the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (LEND Boston) at Boston Children's Hospital’s Institute for Community Inclusion.

Kimberly Noonan ’18DNP

Kimberly Noonan ’18DNP Selected as 2023 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

On October 7, 2023, Kimberly Noonan ’18DNP was inducted as a Fellow within the American Academy of Nursing . A Chief Nurse Practitioner at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute , Dr. Noonan is committed to supporting Nurse Practitioners and advancing oncology...