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October 2015 has been an amazing month for the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing. Three prestigious and highly competitive awards have been bestowed on our DNP students, reflecting the stellar work of our students, faculty, staff, and students. Please join us in congratulating the recipients of these awards. 

Karen Wyble was named as Chief Executive Officer at St. Martin Hospital in Lafayette, LA.  Ms.

The School of Nursing is proud to announce and congratulate Associate Professor Laurie Anne Ferguson DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-C, CPNP for being inducted into the 2015 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners!  The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners selected 70 nurse practitioner leaders from across the United States.  The new inductees joined the ranks of approximately 450 fellows across the nation and were honored Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the AANP National Conference at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stacey Knight, a 2015 DNP graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, has been appointed coordinator of the RN-MSN Program at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The program will admit its inaugural class this fall joining the established RN-BSN program. Dr. Knight will also teach in Lamar's Master of Science in Nursing program and has been a member of Lamar's full-time faculty for over 4 years, teaching pre-nursing and baccalaureate students in both didactic and practicum courses.



Warren Hebert is an accomplished CEO for the Homecare Association of Louisiana with a passion for improving health care. As a board member of Famlies Helping Families of Acadiana, the Louisiana Rural Health Association and the Advocacy Center in Louisiana, Hebert has continued his efforts to improve the lives of those in Louisiana while extending his educational research to other cultures. His research into Tibetan's attitudes towards death and dying earned him an invitation to give the keynote address at the Transcultural Nursing Society in April, 2015.

The School of Nursing presents awards to the top students in each of its programs who have consistently demonstrated a scholarly approach to their coursework and who are especially respected by faculty and students alike for excellence in academic achievement.

The National Academies of Practice is pleased to announce the election of Laurie Anne Ferguson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, from New Orleans, LA as a Distinguished Scholar & Fellow of NAP. Dr. Ferguson was inducted at a gala membership banquet on April 18, 2015 in Alexandria, VA.

The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) have selected Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson, Associate Professor, as a 2015 Fellow. She joins a group of leaders whose scholarly and forward thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to healthcare and the Nurse Practitioner role. The purpose of the AANP Fellows is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner’s to lead new initiatives and support the AANP mission.

This month's Professional Case Management features an article co-authored by Dr. Lisa Linville on the process of case management delivered to participants in Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL).  The qualitative descriptive study consisted of analysis of existing data that describe the case management provided by HEAL asthma counselors to 151 children, aged 4–12 years, with moderate-severe asthma, and their families. The HEAL study (2006–09) was conducted in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina.

Julie Thomison of Texas and a Post BSN to DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner student has been selected to serve as the AACN Graduate Nursing Student Academy Liaison (GSNA) for Loyola University New Orleans. Serving in this role is an opportunity development of leadership skills and to serve as the voice for fellow graduate nursing students.  AACN formed the GNSA in 2012 to provide high value programs, services, and resources to nursing students enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs.


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