TIHESHA SIMMONS, RN BSN
Empowering Others to Care Intentionally, Educate Intelligently and Save Lives Skillfully all Over the World.At the young age of 7 years old, Tihesha had a passion to teach and would host her own imaginary classes in her mother’s dining room. She also would be the first person to respond to an ailing family member when there was pain or illness. Her first patient at the age of 16 was her 99 1/2-year-old great grandmother.
Following her passion to help some of the most vulnerable individuals, Tihesha put herself through nursing school while pregnant with her first son and started her career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Her astounding patient care was featured in Advance for LPN’s magazine among other awards of recognition for her genuine love and care for her patients. After 9 years as an LPN in home health care, and a pediatric outpatient clinic, Tihesha went back to school and obtained her RN degree. Being in this leadership role gave her a desire to help family caregivers, child care providers, and home health care aids build basic health and safety skills to increase the quality of care provided in those independent settings.
Tihesha has spent a majority of her 19-year nursing career developing comprehensive care plans and astounding staff training programs that are person-centered and simple for the everyday caregiver to follow with confidence. She is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with I/DD thrive and live healthy lives as an inclusive part of their community. Tihesha is a certified Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) and certified Developmental Disability Nurse (CDDN) She is also a founding board member and current Secretary for Developmental Disability Nurses Association Maryland chapter where she encourages and supports of aspiring I/DD nurses with her plethora of knowledge and expertise.