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Adrienne Bethancourt

DNS, RN, Associate Professor

Adrienne Bethancourt
Adrienne Bethancourt

Dr. Bethancourt was born and raised in Denver Colorado, attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO to study molecular biology, then attended St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO to study nursing and earned her bachelor’s degree (BSN). She then worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse/specialist (NICU) and attended LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, to study curriculum, consultation, and parent-child nursing and obtained her master’s (MSN) and doctoral (DNS) degrees in nursing. She has been teaching bachelor level nursing courses for over 20 years, specializing in Pediatrics, Leadership and Management, International and Global Health Nursing at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. She accepted the position as Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Fletcher Technical Community College (FTCC) in August 2008 and came to Loyola New Orleans in September 2010 to teach in the Health Care Systems Management master’s degree nursing program. As a professional nurse educator and former Dean, she has focused on mentorship, innovation and student/client advocacy. She has actively employed service learning as a teaching methodology and a framework for guiding ethical practice, social consciousness, and competent/compassionate care in a variety of local and international settings. Medical missions to Nicaragua and Guatemala, as well as, local service efforts during hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Ike have demonstrated that students and other health care providers truly enjoy these opportunities to actively serve their communities while gaining meaningful clinical and interpersonal experiences that could not be encountered in the typical classroom. She believes that the combination of community service and course work increases critical thinking, reflection, civic and personal responsibility in students. She is anxious to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students within the Loyola community toward educational excellence.


D.N.S., Louisiana State University Medical Center; M.S.N., Louisiana State University Medical Center; B.S.N., Saint Louis University

Classes Taught

  • NURS 752 Health Care Systems Practicum
  • NURS 732 Population Health Management
  • NURS 482 Issues in Professional Nursing
  • NURS 384 Spirituality in Health and Illness
  • NURS 732 Population Health
  • NURS 704 Advanced Role Integration
  • NURS 709 Legal & Ethical Issues

Areas of Expertise

Parent-Child Nursing, Leadership and management, Global health and international nursing