LTC (Ret.) Bernice Simmons
LTC (Ret) Bernice Simmons
I was born in New York City and I am a proud to be of Haitian descent. I can remember at an early age wanting to be a nurse. I had a passion to help people and I selected the Nursing field to achieve that goal.
I served this great country for over 30 years. I served in various leadership position in nursing related management of increasing responsibility in both Army Reserve and Civilian careers.
I served in various positions and scope such as Head Nurse/Officer in Charge, Intermediate Care Ward, DEPMEDS instructor, Assistant Chief Nurse, Family Readiness Liaison, and Detachment Commander, Fort Totten in Queens, NY. My last assigned position in the Army was in the 8th Medical Brigade at Ft Wadsworth, NY, as the Chief Nurse. Among my many assignments in the Military, Family Readiness Liaison Coordinator was the most rewarding. In this capacity, I assisted deployed soldiers and their family members in attending the Yellow Ribbon and Welcome home ceremony.
I am commitment to serving the community which is exhibited through my active membership in the National Association of Black Military Women, where I am a founded member and current President of the New York/New Jersey Chapter. As the President, I am committed to keep alive the history and heritage of Black women who serve our nation with courage and valor in the Military services. My primary goal is to foster a spirit of camaraderie and goodwill among all individuals interested in Black history through community involvement programs. My second goal is to motivate and support black youth in their attainment of academic excellence by utilizing Military “role models” as a source of inspiration.
I am also a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives/NY Region. I volunteer in various military associations such as the USO. I have adopted deployed soldiers through the Adopt-a Platoon Program. I am currently the lead for the Military-Veterans Employment Resource Group for the Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Sinai Health System. During the Holiday I send care packages to soldiers in Iraq.
I recognized the importance of staying active -not just in my backyard but across the world. I have participated in humanitarian missions in Nigeria and Haiti.
I am currently the Nurse Navigator on Oncology unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. I am energetic, eager and thoughtful leader who inspires others while promoting team work. I am highly motivated and a driven nursing leader who thrives on challenges. I believe that a good leader should always have a heart especially when dealing with people.
I have received several awards in the army as well as in the civilian career. My military awards and decorations include the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
My Civilian awarded consists of the following: Women History Month from the 369th Historical Society, for outstanding achievement while serving in the Armed Forces; The Eagle Award from the Black Veterans for Social Justice; the Caribbean American Healthcare Award , the Marjorie Matthews Award from Bellevue , New York Senate Veteran’s Hall Of Fame by Senator Leroy Comrie , The American Nurse award, and I was honored by the National Council of Negro Women for her leadership, commitment and contribution to the community.
I believe in the Army values and use it in my everyday life which are loyalty, duty, respect, honor, integrity and personal courage.