Cassundra Simpson, MSN, NP
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"The relationship between a patient and a nurse practitioner is very special. We both learn and benefit from one another."
- Cassundra Simpson, MSN, NP
- MS, Nursing - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
- BS, Human & Organizational Development - Vanderbilt University
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Clinical Nurse
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nurse
Practicing Since: 2007
“Patient Empowered Care® means ensuring patients have all the tools possible to be well informed,” says Cassundra Simpson, a nurse practitioner at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in northern Illinois. “At CTCA, everyone is dedicated to making things as comfortable and easy as possible for patients and their families.”
Simpson completed a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development and child development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She remained at Vanderbilt University to complete a master’s degree in nursing, with a focus on clinical management and pediatrics. In 2013, she obtained a post-master’s certification as a family nurse practitioner.
Simpson has held numerous nursing positions. As a registered nurse, she served in a stem cell transplant unit of a large medical center, caring for patients with hematologic malignancies. She also worked in large pediatric units, providing patient care, administering medication, educating patients and caregivers, and handling many other aspects of care.
Clinical research has also been important to Simpson. She has collaborated with physicians and other nurse practitioners on pediatric pain management research, and educated medical residents and nurses on pain assessment and management.
Simpson holds certifications as a family nurse practitioner and pediatric clinical nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also a certified pediatric hematology-oncology nurse through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Simpson’s inspiration for becoming a nurse was her sister, who survived a serious illness as a child and later also began studying nursing. Her early experience and subsequent work as a nurse taught her the value of patient-centered care. “Patients should be a partner in their care in order to have the most successful outcome,” says Simpson.
Originally from Alabama, Simpson misses her family and Southern cooking, but is enjoying her new hometown. She enjoys reading for leisure, exercising and a good detective show now and then.