DEBORA SIMMONS, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS
3825 Harkey Road
Pearland, Texas 77584
Associate Degree Nursing San Jacinto College, Pasadena Texas 1987 with honors
Bachelor’s Science in Nursing Texas Woman’s University 1990 with honors
Masters in Science Degree University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Clinical Nurse
Specialist role in Critical Care 1998
Present: Director of Nursing and Allied Health Programming
The Health Channel™ Management team member responsible for education design, marketing
strategy and Credentialing for Internet and satellite broadcast professional continuing education for
1997-1998: Staff Nurse, ICU San Jacinto Methodist hospital.
Graduate teaching associate for undergraduate program at University of Texas.
1996: Faculty, North Harris County College Associates Degree Nursing program.
Independent consultant for chart review and case presentation for medical malpractice attorneys.
Expert witness in non-invasive testing and critical care.
1991-1996: Supervisor and Nurse Clinician Cardiology, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.
Supervised staff of 12 in Non-invasive Cardiology including Exercise Physiologists, RNs, MDs and
Implemented the Metabolic testing lab for Oxygen Uptake, started program for assessment of functional
capacity in Congestive Heart Failure, Left ventricular assist, pacemaker, congenital and pulmonary
Evaluated testing protocol developed physician algorithm for selecting most efficient and appropriate tests for
Member CPR committee for hospital.
Independently ran exercise stress tests including transplant, CHF, AICD, FHA pilot fitness tests and
Coordinated all activities of department including development of new staff and physician training programs.
Extensive interaction in Cardiology Fellowship program.
Developed educational preceptorships for Transesophageal Echo and Cardiac sonography for outreach
Responsible for patient management, budget, research and quality assurance.
1987-1991: Critical care nurse and preceptor in medical, surgical, cardiovascular, and neurology intensive
care units as independent contractor and staff.
Designed, purchased and installed critical care unit for private international patient transport of private 747.
Coordinated care for VIP patients in Houston.
Transported patients internationally for oil-related companies and private individuals.
Consultant for Saudi Hospital System.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCREDITATION
CCRN in Adult Critical Care Nursing 1990
CCNS Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist 1999
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor and Lecturer
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Beta Beta Chapter and Zeta Pi Chapter
Houston Critical Care Association
Houston Association of Nurse Executives
Houston –Gulf Coast Chapter American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Texas Nurses Association
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
University of Texas Alumni Association
American Nurses Association
National League for Nurses
Editor: “Workbook for Cardiac Sonographer” published by Texas Heart Institute.
Lecture Series “Medical Diagnostic Decision Making in Chest Pain” for Lilly Pharmaceuticals.
Lecture “Stressing Cardiac Patients” and “EKGs the Easy Way” for Texas Association of Respiratory
“Transcranial Doppler as a part of Assessment of Vasospasm in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage” publication
Video Productions: Today’s Nurse Series: Thriving Vs Surviving,
Care for the Caregiver: The Impaired Nurse
Speaker’s Series: (as on camera host and commentator)
Thermoregulation of the Newborn
Glucose Homeostasis in the Newborn
Respiratory Assessment of the Newborn
American Legion Scholar San Jacinto College
Parry Scholar Texas Woman’s University
George B Bolan Scholar