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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.
 

Warren Hebert, a graduate of our MSN program and now a DNP student has published the attached article titled "Interdisciplinary Team Competencies in Engaging Family Caregivers in The Journal of the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.   Warren put together a group of healthcare and end of life professionals who will spend 14 days in the Tibetan communities in exile in northern India. There we will observe aging, family caregiving- (tying in my capstone), end of life care, and Tibetan traditions around death and dying.

Dr. Linville and her colleagues conducted a mixed-methods study to enhance understanding of nurses’ clinical reasoning in recognizing delirium in the hospitalized older adult.  Congratulations to Dr. Linville and her colleagues on this very impressive research.

Rice, K. L., Bennett, M. J., Clesi, T., & Linville, L.   (2014).  Mixed-methods approach to understanding nurses’ clinical reasoning in recognizing delirium in hospitalized older adults.  Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(3), 136-148.  DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20140219-02
 

Dr. Katharine (Kate) Rocklein (Froede), a 2014 graduate of the DNP program, has accepted a tenure-track nursing faculty position with University of North Carolina (Pembroke).  At the same time, Kate has been accepted to and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing Science) program at Rush University. Kate’s scholarly work for her DNP program provided the first nurse-driven academic study of practice-based evidence and curricular advancement for U.S. Army Special Operations Forces medics.

Loyola University New Orleans School Nursing Associate Professor Patricia Pearce, MPH, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FANP was inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) at a Gala Membership Banquet on April 5, 2014. The festivities were held in Alexandra, VA as Associate Professor Pearce was welcomed as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow Member.

While attending the American Nephrology Nurses Association's annual meeting during spring break, nursing student JoAnn Otts had the opportunity to meet the keynote speaker, none other than nursing theorist Dr. Patricia Benner, best known for her "From Novice to Expert" theory.

Dr Patricia Benner introduced the "From Novice to Expert" concept that expert nurses develop skills and understanding of patient care over time through a sound educational base as well as a multitude of experiences.

Nursing Professor Gwen George recently received confirmation that her research on comprehensive literature search in regards to answering clinical questions will be published by Dove Medical Press.

The works focuses on the step by step process of completing a comprehensive literature search when focused on a clinical question. Locating pertinent literature, the multiple characteristics of citation databases and how to use them, as well as how to manage the citations located are included.

Kudos to Dr. George!

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