Jefferson Nursing Alumna Recognized for Retirement from Nurse Corps, United States Navy

On December 2, 2010, the Philadelphia City Council recognized Commander Adrienne J. Simmons, BSN ’91, in a ceremony for the occasion of her retirement from the United States Navy where she served for 20 years. She is noticeably proud of her Jefferson education, which, she said, “…provided me with a solid foundation to launch my successful Navy career.”

After graduation, Commander Simmons entered the Navy through its Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. There she served as a staff nurse on a general surgery/urology ward and later on a high-risk labor and delivery unit. During her second tour, she was promoted to Assistant Division Officer in the medical-surgical and pediatric ward at Naval Hospital Okinawa in Japan. She earned an MA in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Next Simmons served as a staff nurse and education coordinator at California’s Camp Pendleton. She was subsequently appointed department head for two branch health clinics responsible for the primary care of Marine recruits, Field Medical School personnel, active duty, retirees and family members. In 2001, Commander Simmons was selected for Duty Under Instruction. After completing her Master’s in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, she returned to Japan as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Naval Hospital Yokosuka. In 2008, she was deployed to Khost, Afghanistan, as a member of a Provincial Reconstruction Team for one year. She served her final tour at the Naval Health Clinic at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.

Commander Simmons’ many decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, National Defense Medal with one bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

After such an active career, Simmons plans to spend the next few months relaxing, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She will also explore career options both in and out of the health field. Some possibilities include participating in humanitarian medical missions, working as a clinical instructor and volunteering as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a clinic for underserved populations.

Published: 08-02-2011

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