Doctorate of Nursing Science, Kennesaw State University (2015)
MS in Nursing, Georgia State University (2005)
BS in Nursing, East Tennessee University (1981)
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psych/Mental Health Nursing since 2006. Interested in promoting the emotional health of nursing students.
Dissertation (2015) Testing the Reliability and Validity of Tools based on the Mayer-Salovey- Caruso Four-Branch Ability Model of Emotional Intelligence with Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.
Pilot study (2013) – Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Behaviors of Mental Health Nurses.
Research Assistant for the Support for Treatment of Asthma Research (2004 – 2005)
Professional Service Activities
American Nurses Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association – member of the undergraduate committee
CNS at Image Bearers Ministries (nonprofit counseling center) since 2007
International Society of Psychiatric Nurses – member
Sigma Theta Tau International – Counselor for the Epsilon Alpha Chapter at GSU
Sims, T. (2014). Addressing health concerns of pregnant African American women using the lens of complexity theory. Creative Nursing, 20(4). 258-264.
Sims, T., & Overton, S. (2012). Innovative program recruiting nurses in the psychiatric setting. American Journal of Nursing, 112(12), 65-68.
Gebhardt, M., Sims, T., & Bates, T. (2009). Enhancing geriatric content in abaccalaureate nursing program. Nursing Education Perspectives, 30(4), 245-248.