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Traci Sims, DNS, RN, CNS/PMH-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor    

Doctorate of Nursing Science, Kennesaw State University (2015)
MS in Nursing, Georgia State University (2005)
BS in Nursing, East Tennessee University (1981)


Psychiatric/Mental Health


Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psych/Mental Health Nursing since 2006. Interested in promoting the emotional health of nursing students.


Research Interests 

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 Perspectives30(4), 245-248.