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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.

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.



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.

Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson received notification in December 2014 that she has been selected as a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.  “Distinguished Fellows shall require nomination by self or colleague; application, review and recommendation by the Academy of their profession; and a majority vote of the members of the NAP Council. Nominees shall be individuals who have an exemplary career of ten years or more, and are committed to interprofessional practice and accessible, affordable healthcare for all.

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.

Loyola DNP alum Sue Hook has opened Samaritan Health and Wellness Center to provide affordable health care to the uninsured and under insured. Recently, a local TV station highlighted her success.
The Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes honored 16 outstanding local nurses at the 2014 Nurse of the Year Awards. Thomas Calabro of South Georgia Medical Center and a student in the MSN Health Care Systems Management program received top honors in the Critical Care category at this year’s event.  
Dr. Cynthia Collins, Associate Professor, recently published an article in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare titled Men as Caregivers of the Elderly: Support for the Contributions of Sons.  Dr. Collins’ study investigates the specific roles that sons play in caregiving of their elderly mothers.  
Our sincere congratulations to Dr. Collins for this contribution to the body of knowledge regarding caregivers of the elderly.


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