Simkins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wilmington University with her MSN in December of 2012. She has done clinical rotations at CompleteCare Health Network, Pedia Place Pediatrics, Cumberland Obstetrics and Gynecology, South Jersey Gastroenterology, and Millville Medical Center.
- 2005 Nurse of the Year at SJHC Medical Center, Vineland
- Outstanding Maternal Child Nursing Excellence Award at Cumberland County College
- President's Award for Academic Achievement at Wilmington University
- Regional Medical Center