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Faculty Spotlight: Caitlin Levesque

For Nursing@Simmons faculty member Caitlin Levesque, BS, RN, MSN, the decision to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) was a foregone conclusion. Since earning her RN/MSN from Simmons College in 2009, Levesque has fulfilled her dream of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-BC). She’s also become an ardent advocate for the Nursing@Simmons online model of education delivery.

Intersectionality Matters: Working with LGBT Older Adult Clients

As most social work students learn, the diagnosis of “homosexuality” was removed from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973 by the board of the directors of the American Psychiatric Association. After this, strength-based, positive therapeutic frameworks such as Gay Affirmative Therapy, were introduced as ethical alternatives to conversion, reparative and aversion therapies.

Why Self-Care Is Vital For Social Service Professionals

Self-care isn’t just about eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. While important, these elements only scratch the surface of an intentional and successful wellness plan. Maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health is vital for everyone, but it can be particularly important for those working in helping professions like social work, nursing, and counseling.

Preventive Health Care: The Role of Nurse Practitioners

According to the CDC, seven out of 10 deaths in the United States are due to chronic disease such as cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have the potential to play a significant role in preventive care, which has traditionally been provided by primary care physicians.

Nurse Practitioner's Guide to Medical Marijuana

As legislatures across the U.S. begin to legalize the use of marijuana, Nurse Practitioners will face questions about if and when patients can use the drug as part of their treatment. 

Student Spotlight: Mary Haber

Nursing@Simmons graduate Mary Kathleen Haber currently works as an FNP in Baltimore in a primary care outpatient setting. Learn more about Mary in the following Q&A.