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Lynn Simko

Lynn Simko, PhD, RN, CCRN

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 515
Phone: 412.396.5096


PhD, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2000
MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Cardiovascular, University of Pittsburgh, 1990
MPH, Chronic/Cardiovascular Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1982
BSN, Nursing, Carlow College, 1978,

Dr. Lynn Coletta Simko joined Duquesne University School of Nursing in 1991 as an instructor.  She obtained a Masters in Public Health with a concentration on Chronic/Cardiovascular Epidemiology in 1982 and a MSN from the University of Pittsburgh as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1990.  She then earned her PhD in Nursing at Duquesne University with research examining the Quality of Life of Adult with Congenital Heart Disease.  She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1994, and earned Clinical Associate Professor status in 2004.

Dr. Simko is a certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). She has practiced in a Coronary Care Unit, Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical ICU as well as a Neonatal ICU. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and is a Basic Life Support Instructor and Instructor-trainer (BLS) through the American Heart Association.

She has published several book chapters and many manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. She is also a Legal Nurse Consultant working with adult critical care and medical-surgical issues. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has presented her quality of life of adults with congenital heart disease research in Chongquing, China and she continues to conduct quantitative research with these adults and their significant other.

Dr. Simko is also active in Interprofessional Education at Duquesne University. She co-teaches an interprofessional pain course with the School of Pharmacy. She is conducting research on this interprofessional course which also involves 4 simulation experiences for the students. The simulations have proven to be great learning experiences for both professions.

Dr. Simko has volunteered for the AACN in the Research Abstract Review Panel, Research Grants Review Panel, CCRN appeals panel for Adults and was an item writer for the AACNs continuing education unit manuscripts. She also does editorial work for the American Journal of Nursing, Clinical Nursing Research, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and the Journal of Professional Nursing.


Quality of Life of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease  (Dissertation) 2000 (Funded by Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Phi Chapter for $1500 and the School of Nursing at Duquesne University for $1,000)

Fedorka, P.D., Simko, L.C., & DePalma, J. Quality of Life in Trauma Survivors.1995 (Funded by the Dean's Award Research Grant for $1,000)

Leonardo, M.E., & Simko, L.C. Effectiveness of a Senior-Level Baccalaureate Critical Care Nursing Course in Preparing Student/Graduate Nurses for Beginning Level Practice in the Critical Care Setting: A Pilot Study. 1995 (Non-funded)

Does the Basic Knowledge Assessment Tool (BKAT) Predict More Cost Effective Orientation of a Registered/Graduate Nurse to the Critical Care Setting?, co-investigator with R. Hoffman, RN, MSN, Faculty, School of Nursing, West Penn Hospital, 1985 Approved for funding by the Lois Wagen Hahn Endowment Fund for $1,664.

The Biological Determinants of Hypertension Risk Among Male Hourly Workers at Two Industrial Plants, Unpublished Master's Thesis, 1982


Non-Refereed Articles - Last 5 years

Simko, L.M. & Murray, T. (2008).  Book Review: Acute and critical care clinical nurse specialists: Synergy for best practices. Critical Care Nurse, 29(4), 68-69

Book Chapters

Simko, L.C. (2009). Neurologic Emergencies. Core Curriculum for Pediatric Emergency Nursing (2nd ed). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers Inc. 

Simko, L.C.  (2006). A gentleman who touched me. In P.Winstead-Fry & D.R. Labovitz(Ed.), Ordinary Miracles In Nursing, pp. 62-63. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Barlett Publishers Inc.

Simko, L.C. (2005). Nervous System. In L. Schumacher & C. Chernecky (Ed.), Real  World Nursing Survival Guide : Critical Care and Emergency Nursing, pp.172- 201. Philadelphia, PA : Elsevier/Saunders.

Simko, L.C. (2009). Nervous System. In L. Schumacher & C. Chernecky (Ed.), Real  World Nursing Survival Guide : Critical Care and Emergency Nursing, 2nd ed. pp.172-201. Philadelphia, PA : Elsevier/Saunders.


June  10-13, 2009       
Use of Simulation in Mock Code Participation 8th Annual International Nursing Simulation Conference.  Millennium Hotel, St. Louis Missouri, oral presentation

May 31, 2007             
Subjects: How to attract and keep them

June 1, 2007               
When to Start Educating the ACHD Patient Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Past, Present, and Future Seventeenth Annual Course on Adult Congenital Heart Disease Philadelphia, Pa

January 26, 2007        
Mastering Research Skills in an Online PhD program American Association of Colleges of Nursing  2007 Doctoral Education Conference  Captiva Island, Florida (poster)



2009 - Creative Teaching Award

2008 - Cameos of Caring Award

2004 - Outstanding Achievement Winner

Nursing Spectrum 2004 Nurse of the Year

1998, 2004, and 2005 - Who's Who Among America's Teachers

1996 - Nominated for "Teacher of the Year" by Omicron Delta Kappa

1990- Sigma Theta Tau, International, Inc. Honor Society of Nursing

1978 - Carlow College Nursing Honor Society.

1977 - Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society