MCH Welcomes Two New Nursing Directors: Janyce Dayer and Barbara Simmonds

Published on: 09/15/2008
MIAMI – Two new nursing directors have joined Miami Children's Hospital.  Janyce Dyer, PhD, CRNP, CS, has been appointed as Director of Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice. Barbara Simmonds, RN, BS, CIC, is the new Director of Infection Control.

Janyce Dyer’s goal is to refine and expand nursing research in partnership with the hospital’s nursing staff.  She received her master’s degree in adult psychiatric/mental health nursing from Rutgers University, a doctorate in nursing from the Catholic University of America and a post-doctoral certificate as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  Throughout the years, Dyer has successfully mentored many graduate and doctoral students in all aspects of the research process. 
Barbara Simmonds has served as a registered nurse for 18 years and graduated with high honors from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.  She conducts seminars on infection control and employee health issues.  Simmonds relocated from Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Florida, where the infection rate significantly decreased as a result of her effort, in conjunction with the her coworkers.  
“I am pleased that two experienced leaders have become members of the Miami Children's Hospital family.  Both Janyce Dyer and Barbara Simmonds bring a wealth of expertise into their departments as new directors,” said Jackie Gonzalez, MSN, ARNP, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. 

Founded in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital for children in South Florida. The 289-bed freestanding facility is ranked by Child magazine among the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only Florida pediatric hospital to be included in U.S.News & World Report’s 2007 listing of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” Miami Children's has expertise in all aspects of pediatric medicine and serves children from birth to age 21.
About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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