Hall of Fame
A prestigious lifetime achievement is to be inducted into the Louisiana Nurses Hall of Fame. A call for nominations is issued every fall by LSNA. A list of current members of the Hall of Fame is coming soon to this website.
Hall of Fame 2003
- Genevieve SheridanGenevieve Sheridan
Decades long member of the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association and the Louisiana State Nurses Association. She has held numerous offices at both levels including District President and many times was elected to be an ANA delegate. Was a charter member of V.O.T.I.N.G the precursor to LANPAC, and served several terms as treasurer. Has a long history with the Red Cross, traveling to all areas that within the US and territories to aid after natural disasters. She is a level IV Health Services Officer. Helped establish nursing service at Earl K. Long Hospital, Baton Rouge, and worked there 20 years
- Claire LincolnClaire Lincoln
Has been licensed and certified as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. Currently practices at the East Jefferson Parish Health Unit. Past chair of the LSNA legislative committee and LANPAC. Instrumental in passage of NPA and prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses (see attached)
- Flora BlackstockFlora Blackstock
Graduated in 1952 from Louisiana College baccalaureate program (first BSN program in Louisiana and the south). Received PhD in Sociology from Tulane in 1975 then received a Master’s in Nursing from LSU in 1982 in Psych Mental Health. She was certified as Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. Developed the BSN program at William Carey College and served as Dean, last worked for the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in continuing education and in outpatient mental health clinic. While at VAMC Dr. Blackstock chaired the Research and Ethics Advisory committee. Flora was instrumental in establishing the LNF and served as President. She is a past LSNA board member.
- Marie PrimmMarie Primm
First director of the Nicholls College, School of Nursing Thibodeaux, first “official” executive director of LSNA.
- Louise “Lou” MurphyLouise “Lou” Murphy
Louise “Lou” Murphy
- Barbara MorvantBarbara Morvant
Served as president of the New Orleans District Nurses Association, then Executive Director of LSNA, then Executive Director of the Louisiana Board of Nursing
- Edith LoBueEdith LoBue
- Sr. Lucie LeonardSr. Lucie Leonard
Sr. Lucie Leonard
Described as a tiger. Has long history working with the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing in analysis of policy and legislative issues. Is considered and expert in this area. Currently employed by the State Board of Nursing. Worked with LSNA to gain 8 year accreditation of the LSNA continuing education provider unit.
- Grace Monk GueydonGrace Monk Gueydon
Grace Monk Gueydon
Three separate tenures with the State Board of Nursing
- Joe Ann ClarkJoe Ann Clark
Joe Ann Clark
Past President,LSNA; Current Chair of the Nursing Supply and Demand Commission (established by the Louisiana Legislature); Member of the Louisiana Health Works Commission (established by the Louisiana Legislature)
- Kathleen FournetKathleen Fournet
Ms. Fornet passed away just before the selection committee concluded its work (literally minutes before). Her twin sister between sobs on the phone conveyed that Kathleen on her deathbed had told her to not expect her to win because “there are so many great nurses out there…” (See also attached hand written note expressing her regret in not being able to attend.) You have plenty of testimony regarding this nurse…write her well! Worked at EJ since 1983 Pioneered Cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialist in Louisiana Worked with Camp Bon Ceur, totally volunteer since its inception. Extensively published. Let me know if you need any copies of the articles listed.
Hall of Fame 2004
- Maxine JohnsonMaxine Johnson
Maxine Johnson graduated from Northwestern State University in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Two years later she obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Johnson has worked 33 years with Northwestern State University College of Nursing currently holding the position of Associate Director for Grants, Planning and Development. In this position Maxine has obtained $10 million dollars of external funding for the undergraduate program in nursing; the RN to BSN program; and the Nurse Practitioner programs.
Ms. Johnson has served as a board member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Shreveport District Nurses Association. She currently holds the position of LSNA Health Policy chair where her experience and intelligence are highly valued.
Additionally, Ms. Johnson has been elected President of the Beta Chi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
Ms. Johnson has attained the rank of Colonel with the Army Nurse Corps, United States Army Reserve and has held the position of Chief Nurse, 807th Medical Brigade.
Maxine Johnson has served on the Louisiana State Board of Nursing as governor’s appointee. During her tenure on the board, Maxine helped secure a modern Nurse Practice Act that included a revised definition of nursing and advanced practice nursing. She worked to obtain legislative approval of limited prescribing authority for advanced practice nurses. And she worked to provide the Board of Nursing with fair and reasonable guidelines for disciplinary action to assure the public’s safety.
Please welcome Maxine Johnson.
- Donnie Marie Fussell BoothDonnie Marie Fussell Booth
Donnie Marie Fussell Booth
Dr. Donnie Booth holds a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University, and a BSN in nursing from Southeastern University. Dr. Booth has been employed by Southeastern University College of Nursing and Health Sciences since 1973. She began as an Instructor and now is Dean and Professor.
Dr. Booth is past President of the Louisiana State Nurses Association and has held numerous additional elected and volunteer posts. She has served as a delegate to the American Nurses Association House of Delegates since 1995 and in 2000, was candidate for the ANA Board of Directors.
She currently holds a seat on the Louisiana Nursing Supply and Demand Commission and the Louisiana Health Works Commission where she serves as chair of the education sub committee.
Dr. Booth is currently chair of the Louisiana Council of Administrators in Nursing Education. She previously has served as Vice Chair. Additionally, she has served as President and Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center and as President and President elect for Phi Kappa Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
Other honors include:
Nurse of the Year Award by Tangipahoa District;
Nurse Educator Award by LSNA;
Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, Southeastern LA University;
President’s Award for Excellence in Service, Southeastern LA University;
A “Great 100 Nurse” by the Great 100 Foundation;
One of the “Women of the Year in 2002”, by the New Orleans City Businesses
Dr. Booth has completed scholarly work in the area of disciplinary actions against nurses.
Please welcome Dr. Donnie Booth
- Patsy BourgeiosPatsy Bourgeios
The next inductee into the Hall of Fame has a distinguished history on behalf of nursing and healthcare.
Her Educational background includes a Baccalaureate degree in nursing from McNeese State University and a Master of Science degree form Northwestern State University. She is licensed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Louisiana.
Patsy Bourgeios has served as President, Vice President and Board member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association. In 1995, while President of LSNA, Ms. Bourgeois secured a new Nurse Practice Act for the state through skilled negotiation and lobbying.
Ms. Bourgeois has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer and Board member of the Ruston district nurses Associations. And she has been elected delegate to the American Nurses Association several times.
She is a charter member of the Louisiana Coalition for Maternal-Infant Health and has served that group as Vice President. She has served as President of the Beta Chi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Additionally, Ms. Bourgeois has a seat on the Louisiana Health Care Commission, the Committee on Health Care Reform, the Louisiana Stroke Task force and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
Ms. Bourgeois is a Professor of Nursing at Northwestern State University. Please welcome Mrs. Patsy Bourgeois.
- Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) HumphreyDr. Elizabeth (Betty) Humphrey
Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) Humphrey
The phrase, “Been there, done that”, aptly describes the next Hall of Fame inductee. She is a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, educator, Board of Nursing member, longtime leader in the Louisiana State Nurses Association and a member of numerous state committees related to nursing, education and health care.
She received her BSN in 1961 from Keuka College in New York; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland in 1965 and in 1977, a doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She has been a member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association since 1965, having served as treasurer, president and on many committees. Her district membership is in the New Orleans District Nurses Association.
She was an appointed member of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, having served as Vice President and President and on many committees. Noteworthy is her work related to Prescriptive Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Louisiana.
Dr. Humphrey is an active member of:
- The American Nurses Association
- The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
- Delta Omega Society, Eta Chapter
- Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Nu Chapter
- Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
And she is an appointed member of the Louisiana Health Works Commission
Her honors include:
The Louisiana Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award and
The Searle Award for Excellence in Research, Education and Patient Care, Sponsored by the LSUMC Foundation
She has made many professional presentations, conducted and participated in numerous nursing research activities and has a lengthy listing of professional publications.
Dr. Humphrey is currently Professor and Dean, Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Nursing. In this capacity, she is responsible for planning, managing and monitoring a 5.9 million dollar budget, and serving as the chief administrator for over 100 faculty members and nearly 700 students in nursing.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Humphrey to the LSNA Hall of Fame.
- Oswald Alexander FerryOswald Alexander Ferry
Oswald Alexander Ferry
Dr. Alex Ferry is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State College, Natchitoches, Louisiana, a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Masters of Arts from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, a Masters of Science from Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a graduate of the United States Army Nurse Corps School of Nurse Anesthesia, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Ferry is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Dr. Ferry served twelve years on the Louisiana Board of Nursing as a gubernatorial appointee by three different Louisiana Governors. During those appointments, he was elected President of the Board by his peers six times and Vice President for two terms. Dr. Ferry is an active member in professional and service organizations. He is currently a member of the Nursing Supply and Demand Commission and has been appointed to represent the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. He was elected and served as President of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and has served on multiple committees in the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. Ferry is a past president of the Nu Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses. He is an appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Rapides Foundation Coalition for Nursing.
Dr. Ferry is a retired Colonel in the US Army Nurse Corps and has served in Administration, Education, and Practice positions. He holds full Professional rank within the Army Medical Services Corps. Dr. Ferry served his last six years in the Army Nurse Corps as the Professional Consultant in Nurse Anesthesia and Nursing to the Surgeon General of the Army. Prior to his current retirement he was the CEO/Administrator of Dubuis Hospital in Alexandria. Dr. Ferry is semi-retired and conducts guest lectures at three Universities and works as a consultant to health care organizations.
Please welcome Dr. Alex Ferry
- Sue Holland PylesSue Holland Pyles
Sue Holland Pyles
Sue Pyles received a diploma in nursing from Northwestern State College in 1959, a bachelor’s and master’s in science in nursing from Northwestern State University in 1976 and 1981 respectively.
Ms. Pyles dedicated the bulk of her career to nursing education, teaching at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston from 1984 to 1998 when she retired as an associate professor.
She is a charter member of the American Nurses Association Century Club and has served in many roles in the Louisiana State Nurses Association. She is a past President of the Ruston district nurses association. She is a member of the Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
Following a severe stroke, Ms. Pyles has recovered and speaks extensively on the local and state levels regarding stroke recovery.
Please welcome, Ms. Sue Holland Pyles
- Barbara CoreilBarbara Coreil
Ms. Coreil has been a practicing nurse for 46 years. She received her diploma in nursing from Hotel Dieu School of Nursing in New Orleans in 1958, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeastern State University in 1982, and a master’s in pastoral studies in 1996.
Barbara Coreil has dedicated the bulk of her career to the care of the mentally ill. She has worked in all areas of East Louisiana State Hospital, Jackson Louisiana, including several administrative positions. Former colleagues say Ms. Coreil is responsible for holding the hospital together through numerous funding, administrative, and staffing crises. Last year Ms. Coreil spearheaded a fundraising drive to restore and maintain the cemetery for patients at East Louisiana Hospital.
She is a current Board member of the Mental Health Association of Greater Baton Rouge and was past President.
Ms. Coreil states that to her, “nursing is a service to humankind.” Her nominator says, “As a young nurse, Mrs. Coreil inspired my by her positive perspective that professional nurses are much needed. She paid attention to details and dealt with very difficult issues of the seriously mentally ill. She required registered nurses to give, and then give more.”
Ms. Coreil is a founding member of the Feliciana District Nurses Association. She lends her support to the district whenever it is needed.
Please welcome Barbara Coreil into the Louisiana Nurses Hall of Fame.
- Amy St. Julien DalcourAmy St. Julien Dalcour
Amy St. Julien Dalcour
Ms. Dalcour is a Lafayette Louisiana native. She graduated from Paul Breaux High School in 1948; and in 1949 she entered Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee Alabama to study nursing. She graduated in 1953. In 1967 she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette.
Immediately after graduation in 1953, Ms. Dalcour began work at Lafayette Charity Hospital. There she began her career as a staff nurse on the Medical/ Surgical/Pediatric/and Gynecologic unit for Negro patients. In 1967, she became Head Nurse of the Pediatric Unit, an accomplishment she credits to her baccalaureate degree.
Ms. Dalcour’s sense of professionalism led her to seek membership in the Lafayette District Nurses association as soon as she was licensed as a registered nurse. However, the district and state nurses associations were segregated at the time and did not accept her. In the 1960’s the policy changed, she joined, and has been an active, dedicated member since.
While Amy Dalcour could easily be inducted into the Hall of Fame based on nursing skill and caring, she is most widely recognized for opening professional doors for young African American nurses, physicians, and educators. Her nomination packet attested to the great respect she is honored with. Some of the comments from former co-workers include:
“In 1958 I was a student nurse at Southwestern Louisiana Institute and part of my experience included five (5) weeks of night duty. Being assigned to Amy’s med surg unit was a defining moment for me.”
“The children she cared for loved her.”
“…the gentle kindness she showed the children, and the infinite patience she demonstrated to the staff, are the core of a great professional nurse and individual.”
And comments from current colleagues and students:
“Miss Amy has given so much of her life’s blood to this community, to the university, to the Department of Nursing and to the profession. She’s the one that knows everyone’s problems and intervenes.”
From a current student, “she really cares if I learn this.”
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and Delta Eta Chi service organization. Additionally, she has been a Director for the Hospice of Acadiana since its inception in the 1980’s.
Ms. Dalcour began work with the University of Louisiana Lafayette in 1984. She continues at UL Lafayette today as an assistant in the Learning Resource/Skills lab.
Please honor Amy St. Julien Dalcour.
Hall of Fame 2005
- Peggy BourgeoisPeggy Bourgeois
The name Peggy Bourgeois is synonymous with Diabetes Education in Louisiana. In 1982, Peggy became director of the Diabetes Center at a local hospital in the Baton Rouge area. The Diabetes Center was one of 117 diabetes program throughout the United States to be a pilot site for the development of the National Standards for Diabetes Patient Education Programs. And Peggy was instrumental in the Diabetes Center being the first program in Louisiana to meet the National Standards.
Peggy has been a resource for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Nurses and presented testimony to the State Board of Nursing to approve Glucagon , an emergency drug for children with diabetes, in the school system. She has served on the School Based Health Centers Board of Directors. She has served on the American Diabetes Association local and state boards, and was the American Diabetes Association Camp Head Nurse for four years.
Peggy has influenced change in diabetes care through her association with the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She has helped develop and present many continuing education programs for professionals. Peggy has served as Continuing Education Approver Chair and served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
As Chair of the American Association of Diabetes Educators Public Affairs Committee, Peggy traveled to Washington, D.C. and was instrumental in policy being changed so that Medicare began reimbursement for Diabetes Self Management Training Programs. She has continued to work on reimbursement issues related to diabetes, such as underutilization of these programs by physicians.
The National Diabetes Education Initiative invited her to be faculty for their professional education programs, which focus on physician continuing medical education in diabetes management. The National Office of the American Diabetes Association invited her to serve as an auditor of diabetes programs that have met the National Standards of Diabetes Self Management Training Programs to assure compliance to the Standards.
In 2002, the State Superintendent of Education asked her to serve on Project Healthy Environment to Assist Learning in Schools and to serve on the Louisiana Diabetes Task Force. Governor Foster appointed Peggy to the Louisiana State Diatetics and Nutrition Board of Directors, where she currently serves as Chair of the organization. She represents the American Association of Diabetes Educators on an Advisory Board of the National Coalition of Safe Sharps Disposal to protect patients by getting sharps out of the public waste stream.
Peggy served as Co-Chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Expo 2004. She has been appointed to Governor Blanco’s Health Care Summit- Region 2 and is currently serving a second term on the Baton Rouge juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board of Directors.
Please join me in recognizing an outstanding diabetes nurse educator, Peggy Bourgeois, to the Louisiana Nurses Hall of Fame.
- Eddie HebertEddie Hebert
Within the first year of becoming a registered nurse, Eddie began fostering the health and welfare of the citizens of Louisiana through involvement in local community and health agency committees. He has been involved in and supported many legislative efforts to improve health care in Louisiana, to enhance the authority of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to regulate nursing practice for improved patient care and protection, and to provide quality, cost-effective, comprehensive care to Louisiana’s most needy citizens.
Eddie has been a dynamic force in shaping policy within the LSU Health Science System. He has worked diligently in policy making activities to ensure quality patient care, always serving as the advocate for professional nursing. His 25 year tenure within that system reflects upward promotions in nursing service, ultimately becoming the Director of Nursing at LSUHSC/Leonard Charbert Medical Center in Houma, Louisiana.
Eddie’s alma mater, Nicholls State University, has remained near and dear to his heart as he has served over the years on steering committees, alumni boards, and advisory boards. He continues to support the College of Nursing at Nicholls through his service as President of the Xi Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. Eddie’s accomplishments in nursing and in life are signaled by many of the awards that have been bestowed upon him – Bayou District Nurse of the Year, The Great 100 Nurses Award, Older Worker of the Year Award, and the Francis M. Durel Outstanding Citizen Award.
Eddie’s most enduring contribution to nursing in Louisiana is perhaps his significant and continuous service within the Louisiana State Nurses Association. Having maintained continuous active membership since 1972, Eddie has served on every committee of the Bayou District and is currently serving as President of the Bayou District and a member of the LSNA Board of Directors.
He has served as a delegate to every ANA convention since 1996. Eddie was a candidate for ANA Director at Large in 2002, served as a member of the ANA Advisory Sub-Committee for Clinical Practice, and served on numerous LSNA Task Forces and convention planning committees. Eddie is also a member of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing and has served as Secretary and Membership Chair of that organization.
Eddie Hebert will be remembered for his dedication to the profession of nursing, his diligent work to improve the profession, his tireless energy vested in every assignment, his willingness to serve the citizens of the State, his wonderfully positive outlook and his great sense of Cajun humor – no wonder he is considered a great person and Registered Nurse!! Join me in welcoming Eddie Hebert into the Louisiana Nurses Hall of Fame.
- Carolyn MosleyCarolyn Mosley
Dr. Mosely’s professional career spans more than 30 years; she is recognized as an outstanding nursing leader both nationally and in Louisiana. Selected by President Clinton, Dr. Mosely has traveled the southeastern portion of the United States advocating for healthcare reform, appearing in interviews with Peter Jennings and President Clinton. Known locally and nationally as a valuable resource on health disparities, Dr. Mosely serves as a Human Rights Expert to the International Council of Nursing and has written over 200 articles for a weekly health column in a local newspaper.
Dr. Mosely was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in their Executive Nurse Fellowship Program where participants are chosen for their ability to effect change in the health care system at the local and national levels. Dr. Mosely founded “Citizens Ensuring Access to Healthcare”, a powerful advocacy group funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to address policies related to healthcare in Louisiana. She was one of the first recipients of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Pfizer Awards for Excellence in Research, Education, and Practice.
Dr. Mosely has been recognized nationally by the Rosalyn Carter Caregiving Foundation for her efforts to care for others and her professional practice. She has been approached by national groups such as the National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control and asked to participate in a collaborative relationship on specific committees such as the NIH’s National Kidney Disease Education Program and the CDC’s antibiotic awareness committee.
She has served concurrently as president of the Louisiana League for Nursing and as president of Epsilon Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She has also served as president of the New Orleans Women’s Political Caucus and secretary of the National Council of Negro Women of Greater New Orleans. Dr. Mosely is an active member of ANA and LSNA and has served on numerous committees of ANA and served on the LSNA Foundation.
The current president/Supreme Basileus of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, an organization of registered nurses and student nurses located throughout the United States, District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Liberia, and West Africa, she has encouraged the Sorority members to provide health education, health promotion and illness prevention programs. She has served on many other local, regional, and national committees and advisory boards that are too numerous to list at this time.
Dr. Mosely’s enduring achievement is her obvious commitment to making a difference in the lives of the citizens in her community. Her tireless efforts on behalf of the underserved and “voiceless” are immeasurable. Dr. Mosely has facilitated “ordinary” citizens to empower themselves to do “extraordinary things” – speak up for themselves. Dr. Mosely is currently Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Administration of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is my pleasure to induct Dr. Carolyn Mosely into the Louisiana Nurses Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame 2006
- Jan CorderJan Corder
Jan has a long litany of distinctive service to nursing in Louisiana. She holds baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in nursing and has represented nursing at the local, state and national levels for many years.
Having begun her nursing career as a staff nurse, she worked up the clinical ladder to that of Manager of the Department. She then began a long and distinctive career as a nurse educator, beginning as an Assistant Professor, with progressive academic rank promotions to her current status of Professor of Nursing. Her administrative roles in nursing education include a long progression of assignments, beginning with Level Coordinator, to Associate Director to Dean of the College of Nursing, to her current designation as Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences. She has been recognized within her University and College of Nursing by her selection as Outstanding Faculty Member, her listing in Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, Researcher of the Year, Lexington’s Who’s Who, induction into Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau, International, and she was the recipient of the LSNA Award for Excellence in Nursing Education in 1999.
Dr. Corder’s service to the nursing profession in Louisiana has distinguished her as an exceptional leader, outstanding role model and dedicated professional!! Aside from very active service at the district level, she has represented registered nurses at the sate and national levels for many years. That service is reflected in the following SELECTED listing of activities:
Chair of numerous LSNA committees:
1st Vice President, President-Elect and President of LSNA;
Representing RNs within the legislative arena on many occasions;
LSNA Delegate to ANA on numerous occasions;
Chair of the Louisiana Alliance of Nursing Organizations (LANO);
Member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana League for Nursing;
Member of the LSBN Task Force on Prescriptive Authority for APRNs;
Vice Chair and Chair of the Louisiana Council of Administrators in Nursing Education;
Chair of AACN’s National Task Force on Increasing Enrollment in Baccalaureate Schools of Nursing;
Representing LSNA on the Nursing Supply and Demand Commission;
AND in so many other capacities
Jan continues to serve on:
The Louisiana Health Works Commission;
The Louisiana Women’s Health Commission; and
The Region 8 Health Care Consortium
She has also contributed to the profession through numerous publications, research activities and presentations to student and professional groups. She is currently serving as the Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
- Peggy BelkPeggy Belk
Peggy Belk began her nursing career in Louisiana and has remained in Louisiana, but her influence has impacted nursing not only at the district and state levels, but nationally as well. Her expertise and contributions to nursing have been primarily in the area of continuing nursing education.
She received her BSN and her MSN in nursing education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She also has an MBA from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana and is American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) certified in Nursing Continuing Education.
Peggy was employed at CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System from 1984 to 2005, where she was responsible for development and administration of educational services and processes for the medical center and administratively responsible for nursing continuing education. She has been actively involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating continuing education since 1984 and developed a series of programs on the continuing education process, which she presented throughout the state.
Peggy has used her knowledge of the continuing education process to ensure that continuing education offerings approved by the Louisiana State Nurses Association meet the standards set by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, commonly referred to as ANCC-COA. She has served on the Louisiana State Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval Unit since 1987 and was the Chair of that committee from 1996 until July 2005. She spent many volunteer hours on that committee ensuring that the continuing education process in Louisiana maintained an excellent level of quality offerings. She was a key factor in LSNA maintaining its accreditation with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her many hours of volunteer work with LSNA have assisted LSNA in maintaining continuing education income that was crucial to the financial base of the organization. Since 2000 that committee has approved 525 programs which generated $150,000 in revenue for LSNA.
At the national level, she has served as an ANCC-COA Appraiser for continuing education activities since 1998, and currently serves on their Evaluation Task Force. She has also served as a national site visitor for ANCC-COA. She is recognized nationally as an expert in continuing education, and has served as a resource and mentor for many throughout the nation.
All of these activities at the state and national level have required a tremendous amount of Peggy’s personal time to accomplish. She has always been willing to donate her time to ensure that professional nursing can be proud of the continuing education systems that it offers, both at the state and national levels. She has truly helped the profession of nursing expand its knowledge base. She has now retired and moved to Texas, but – thank heavens – is remaining a member of LSNA and of our CE Committee.
- Billie WilsonBillie Wilson
The name Dr. Billie Wilson is synonymous with excellence in education in Louisiana and beyond. You will seldom meet a nurse in Louisiana who has not been positively influenced in their education or career by Dr. Wilson. She has been involved in education of nurses in this state for more years that she would probably like us to mention – let’s just say over 20! And before that, she was educating non-nurses! From her beginnings at Holy Cross College, Billie has held formal teaching positions in many venues, moving from hospital education to Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, to her current role as Nursing Department Chair at Loyola University where she is an icon in City College, and receives tremendous respect from nursing and non-nursing colleagues across the campus.
In her first two years at Loyola (1989 to 1991), Dr. Wilson initiated two areas of expansion to further meet the regional need for better access to BSN education for RNs. The first initiative was opening a second campus at Baton Rouge for RNs to pursue the BSN degree. The second was the development of a distance-learning program, referred to as the Off-Campus Learning Program (OCLP). Many registered nurses throughout Louisiana have earned their Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees through Loyola’s Off Campus Learning Program and are continuing to do so today, thanks to Dr. Wilson.
Always looking to meet the educational needs of nurses in Louisiana, Dr. Wilson soon expanded the nursing program to include two very successful graduate programs for nurses: one to educate nurse practitioners and one to develop new managers. The launching of the entire management program via the internet is the latest initiative to facilitate the education of nurses, an endeavor to which Dr. Wilson has dedicated her career.
In addition to her many accomplishments as a leader and administrator, Dr. Wilson also excels as a teacher and a scholar. She has consistently taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, never giving up the classroom and her beloved students. She is extremely well regarded and respected by students as an excellent teacher and mentor; and is a previous recipient of the Anthony Waters Distinguished Teaching Award at Loyola University New Orleans. She was also instrumental in establishing the Sigma Theta International honor society chapter at Loyola, and she finds time to be active in local and state nursing organizations, and is on the board of many community organizations.
As a tenured full Professor, Dr. Wilson continues to make a significant contribution to nursing knowledge through her scholarship. She is co-author of the Nurses Drug Guide and the Drug Guide for Health Professionals published by Prentice-Hall yearly and utilized by nurses daily. She is a prolific writer and has contributed literally scores of articles to the nursing literature.
Her expert knowledge in pharmacology and pathophysiology, not to mention her dynamic personality, make
her a much sought-after national speaker; organizations and their nurses feel very fortunate to be able to get on her speaking schedule.
Dr. Wilson’s contributions in the areas of leadership, teaching, and scholarship are truly outstanding, and she is an excellent role model and mentor for faculty and students. Dr. Wilson has been heard to say that she should have been a stand-up comedian instead of a nurse, but – while we appreciate her sense of humor –
nursing education and practice locally, regionally and nationally wouldn’t be the same without her unique contribution.
Please welcome BILLIE WILSON.
Hall of Fame 2007
- Dr. Janet Simmons RamiDr. Janet Simmons Rami
Dr. Janet Simmons Rami
A ‘visionary’ has been defined as a person with a clear, distinctive and specific vision of the future; a person with unusual foresight. Dr. Janet Simmons Rami is an example of a true visionary in the field of nursing and health care. In less than 20 years, Dr. Rami has taken a School of Nursing from drawings on a piece of paper to what is now a multi-million dollar state of the art College of Nursing offering three degrees in nursing: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); the Master’s of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Family Health Nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.), the only PhD in Nursing Program currently offered in the state of Louisiana. Dr. Rami would be very quick to tell you that she did not do this alone. She would tell you that if it had not been for the faculty and staff that contributed their expertise, passion, time, and love for students, the vision would never have come to fruition.
Dr. Rami has dedicated 36 years of her life to the profession of nursing. Her academic preparation in nursing began in 1970 when she received her undergraduate degree from Dillard University. She went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1979, and in 1992, she received her PhD from LSU in Research Methodology.
Dr. Rami was officially named Dean of Southern University School of Nursing in 1986, at which time the first 36 students were enrolled into the BSN program. Since that time, Southern University School of Nursing has had over 1000 graduates from the BSN Program, 90 from the Masters Program and 10 from the PhD in Nursing Program.
Dean. Rami’s impact in nursing and health care does not stop at the level of educating and contributing significant numbers of culturally diverse professional nurses to the workforce. She has also made significant contributions to nursing research and health policy at the local, regional and national level. Since 1986, Dr. Rami has led the School of Nursing in acquiring over 14 million dollars in external funding
Prior to being drawn into the area of nursing education, Dean Rami’s desire was to pursue a career in health policy. She has served on numerous legislative committees which have had a significant impact on health care policy outcomes for not only individuals living in Louisiana, but throughout the country. In 1993 Dr. Rami was one of a select group of Louisiana citizens chosen to meet with then, First Lady Hillary Clinton. She also served on former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster’s Health Care Transition Team (1995-1999) and she continues to help shape health care policy through her service on governmental and legislative committees at the state and national level.
On August 31, 2005 amidst an unprecedented natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina, the Southern University School of Nursing, under the leadership of Dr. Rami, demonstrated exceptional capability in rapidly mobilizing resources needed for the efficient opening and on-going operation of the temporary shelter which was housed on the Southern University Campus in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. When Hurricane Katrina evacuees were being placed in transitional trailer sites, Dr. Rami immediately recognized an opportunity for the School of Nursing to provide an immediate infrastructure through which primary healthcare would be coordinated and delivered to hurricane evacuees on site at the trailer village by way of the Mobile Family Health Center. This was the first step in Dr. Rami’s vision for the School of Nursing to adopt Renaissance Village, one of the largest trailer villages housing hurricane evacuees.
Dean Rami is not one to sing her own praises, rather she is more likely to boast or brag about the accomplishments of others. It is for this reason, as well as the tremendous contributions that she has made to nursing, that we feel that it is time to recognize Dr. Janet Simmons Rami as a true trail blazer and visionary in nursing, thus worthy of being inducted into the Nightingale’s Hall of Fame.
- Dr. Peggy LedbetterDr. Peggy Ledbetter
Dr. Peggy Ledbetter
Every now and then, we encounter an individual who works quietly, diligently ----makes a tremendous impact through his accomplishments----and never seeks nor desires a lot of fanfare related to the impact of those accomplishments! Our next Nightingale Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Peggy Ledbetter, is one of those individuals.
Having completed a diploma in nursing, followed by her baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Alabama, she sought and became the Dean of the College of Nursing at Northwestern State University in the late 1960s. That position served as the lynchpin from which many precedent-setting changes in nursing education and practice, not only at Northwestern, but throughout the State and at the national level.
At the time of her appointment as Dean, some of the first’s in Louisiana began to occur:
- She was the first Dean of Nursing in Louisiana to hold and earned doctorate; and, at the time, it was held that she was the youngest dean of nursing in the nation!
- She was the first woman with an earned doctorate to hold an academic dean position at Northwestern;
In years following:
- The first master’s program in nursing was established at Northwestern;
- The first advanced practice masters program was established at Northwestern;
- With the initiation of the Associate Degree program, Northwestern’s College of Nursing was the first to house three autonomous degree programs in nursing;
- The first Continuing Education program for Registered Nurses within a College of Nursing was established at Northwestern;
- and, the first chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in Louisiana was established at Northwestern! What Benchmarks!!
Throughout her 20 year tenure at Northwestern, she directed untiring efforts toward advancing the profession of nursing in Louisiana and throughout the nation!! The following constitutes a brief summary of some of her professional activities:
- She was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Nurse Examiners (now LSBN) by the Honorable John J. Mckeithen, serving as president during her term; she was instrumental in the successful reenactment of the Nursing Practice Act in 1976;
- She was a continuous member of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, serving as president, vice president, and on the Continuing Education, Nomination, Resolution and Goals, Historical, and Legislative Committees. She also served as Vice Chair of the Voluntary Organization to Involve Nurses in Government (VOTING), which was the forerunner to LANPAC;
- She represented LSNA as an Advisory Committee Member to the LA Dept of Health and Human Resources (now DHH), having been appointed by the Honorable Edwin Edwards;
- She served as a member of the Consulting Team with Dean Felton (U of Iowa) to establish a nursing program at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
At the Regional and National Levels:
- She held continuous membership in and actively participated in the American Nurses Association, attending numerous national conventions and serving in numerous capacities.
- She held continuous membership in the National League for Nursing and participated as an Accreditation Site Visitor, on the Board of Review and on numerous committees;
- She was a participating member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Chairing the Interest Group on Basic and Advanced Licensure in Nursing;
- She had continuous participation in the Southern Council of Collegiate Education for Nursing, the nursing component of SREB. During her tenure, she served on the Executive Committee, Advisory Committee to Nursing Research in the South Project, Nominating Committee, and Task force for Doctoral Education
- She served as an Accreditation Reaffirmation Team Visitor for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS);
- Her avid interest in Military Nursing led to many connections with Nurse Leaders in the Armed Forces and led to her appointment by the Secretary of Defense to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS);
- She served as a Nurse Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U. S. Air Force, receiving the designation of “Emeritus” in 1980;
- She has always had an avid interest in the History of Nursing and has been heavily involved with the American Association for the History of Nursing, the Christian Nurse Educators, Nurses Christian Fellowship and is a Founding Fellow of the Nightingale Society.
- Most recently, in her “retirement”, she completed the Parish Nursing Program;
- She has honorary memberships in other related organizational memberships, too numerous to mention here tonight!
- She is listed in the “WHO’S WHO” annals, both nationally and internationally, 16 times!
Just yesterday, Northwestern honored her on her designation as Dean Emeritus of the College of Nursing!
It is fitting that she should again return to Louisiana from Alabama tonight to allow us to honor her long term contributions to nursing education and practice in Louisiana, the nation and the world.
Hall of Fame 2008
- Dr. Rhetaugh Graves DumasDr. Rhetaugh Graves Dumas
Dr. Rhetaugh Graves Dumas
Practiced as a registered nurse for 50 years, from 1951 to 2001. She received her baccalaureate in nursing from Dillard University in 1951. In 1960, she earned a masters degree in psychiatric nursing from Yale University and in 1975, she completed requirements for her doctorate from Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She had a lifelong commitment to nursing and worked diligently in a variety of roles to advance the profession in state, national, and international arenas. After completing her undergraduate degree from Dillard University, she returned and taught there from 1957 to 1961 and after receiving her masters in nursing from Yale University, she joined the faculty and rose to the rank of associate professor and Department Chair.
In 1972, she moved to the National Institute of Mental Health and became the first woman, the first nurse and the first African American to be appointed to the position of deputy director. She was the first person in any field to design and conduct clinical trials in nursing. Over 40 years ago, she established the precedent for the conduct of nursing studies that mirrored the definition of “clinical trials.”
In 1981, she joined the University of Michigan School of Nursing at Ann Arbor as Dean of the School of Nursing, the first African American to assume this role. Under her stewardship, the School advanced to a position of prominence as one of the top four schools in the country.
In 1994, Dr. Dumas was named Vice Provost for Health Affairs and the Lucille Cole Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan. This was another first!
She received honorary doctoral degrees from Dillard University, Yale University, Bethune-Cookman College, Florida International University, University of Cincinnati, Georgetown University, Indiana University, University of San Diego, Simmons College, and the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.
Dr. Dumas was a founding member and former president of the American Academy of Nursing. In 1996, President Clinton appointed her to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission which protected the rights and welfare of human research subjects. She was president of the National League for Nursing, a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Two endowed chairs, at Yale University and the University of Michigan carry her name.
In her published writings, of which there are many, she wrote, “I was imbued with the idea that when I grew up, I was going to be a nurse, … I would be known not only for my personal achievements, but more important for my ability to help others to improve the conditions of their lives and livelihood.”
On July 22, 2007 Dr. Rhetaugh Dumas died at 78 years of age. She blazed an incredible trail in nursing and health care.
- Celina HaynieCelina Haynie
Celina has made nursing a lifelong commitment. After receiving her diploma in Nursing from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana, she immediately began her pursuit and lifelong journey as a nurse. In 1951, she worked as a private duty nurse while her husband was in the military and throughout her career she has functioned effectively in a variety of roles.
In 1986 she completed the requirements for Certification as a Nursing Administrator by the American Nurses Credentialing Center – being the fist RN at Lafayette General Medical Center to fulfill these requirements. She would need those administrative skills as she assumed a variety of roles at Lafayette General Medical Center, including head nurse, Director of Nursing Quality Assurance, Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Housekeeping, & Linen Services and then, Director – Plant Facilities, Maintenance, Clinical Engineering, Construction, Housekeeping and Linen. According to information received from the Vice-President for Support Services, Celina had that rare combination of nursing expertise and management skills necessary to take a malfunctioning department and turn it around into a quality unit.” In her various positions, she was an excellent role model and led by example, setting goals of excellence for her staff and herself. She always shared the knowledge needed for others to grow in their profession.
She has been active in nursing organizations at the district, state and national level – being a member of the American Nurses Association and the Louisiana State Nurses Association since 1962! She has served on a variety of committees at the local and state level and is always there in support of LSNA’s legislative efforts advocating for both the patients and her profession. At the national level, She was a delegate to the American Nurses Association’s House of Delegates from 1962 to l984 and participated in the NCAP Political Skills Workshop and the National Women’s Education on Campaigning in Washington, D.C.
Celina has not only committed her life to nursing, she has been active in her community. Active is the key word - in her children’s schools, in her church, as a den mother, with the American Red Cross - beginning in 1958 to the present. In 2005 she served as a hurricane shelter volunteer. She is a regular Tuesday night volunteer at the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic where she manages services for residents who are working but have no health care coverage. Her commitment and dedication to the patients of the Clinic has often taken precedence over personal and family commitments; demonstrating through action her credo which is - “the feeling of satisfaction of taking care of someone who needs taking care of . . . . no money in the world can buy.”
Her honors are many and include “Acadiana Celebrates Nursing Honoree” and the “Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic Volunteer of the Year”
Celina and her husband Bob have been married almost 57 years and have six children, five grandchildren and six grand children. While none of their children chose healthcare as a career, she has indeed touched the lives of many nurses. She has served as a touchstone for a generation of nurses. To quote Paula Broussard, President of the District 4 Nurses Association, “I learned about nursing in school – but I learned to be a nurse from Celina Haynie.”
- Doris BrownDoris Brown
Neither words nor short narratives can do justice to the accomplishments of Doris Brown and the ways in which her professional practice and personal service have touched the citizens of Louisiana. Although she began her professional nursing career as a staff nurse, her resume’ clearly signals that her leadership abilities surfaced very early on and she moved to positions as Charge Nurse on surgical and oncology units, after which, she began a long and dedicated career in Public Health Nursing and children’s services in Louisiana.
As her career became focused, she sought academic preparation to prepare herself for taking on greater leadership roles. In addition to her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, in 1075 - from northeast Louisiana State University, she earned a Masters in Education from Southern University (1984) and a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi School of Nursing in 1990. She is Certified in Community Health Nursing by the American Nurses Association and licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
Her career in public health began over 28 years ago and her roles there have been many – staff nurse, supervisor, consultant, educator and administrator – each more demanding and complex. In her position as Chief Nursing Officer within the Office of Public Health she was involved in the research and implementation of preventative health services for the children and adults of Louisiana. She functioned at state, regional and national levels, working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease control, Homeland Security, the American Red Cross and many others.
In her current position as Public Health Executive Director for Community Preparedness, she provides oversight for programs related to:
- Emergency Preparedness and Response,
- the Louisiana Emergency Response Network,
- Medical Social Services,
- Community Outreach,
- Emergency Systems for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals and,
- Workforce Development.
During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she was designated a member of the Unified Command Staff for the Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, in the preparation, response and recovery efforts.
She is a member of the:
- American Nurses Association
- Louisiana State Nurses Association
- American Public Health Association
- Lambda Pi Alpha Professional Nursing Sorority (President of the Baton Rouge Chapter)
- Sigma Theta Tau
- National Association of Health Services Executives—just to name a few.
Her Honors include:
- Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow – 2006
- Member of the Year, Louisiana Public Health Association – 2006
- LSNA Nursing Administrator of the Year Nominee – 2006
- 24K Woman of the Year, March of Dimes – 2005
- Inductee, Southern University school of Nursing Honor Society – 2005
- Quatrum Leader Nurse of the Year, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
She has made numerous presentations and participated in many additional activities to advance initiatives designed to improve the health of children, teens and adults in Louisiana and the nation.
In addition to all of the above, Doris has found time to be married to Dr. Adell Brown, Jr. – to raise three lovely daughters – Brandy, Ashlely and Adele – and to be a proud grandmother to her grandson, Taylor.
Hall of Fame 2009
- Dr. Jane SumnerDr. Jane Sumner
Dr. Jane Sumner
Our next (first) Hall of Fame inductee has an extensive nursing background with her most recent distinguishing nursing contributions in the area of nursing education and scholarship. She has a life-long commitment to nursing that spans a career of nearly 45 years, commitment to improving the health of Louisiana citizens and nursing education, and her national and international prominence as a nursing scholar and theorist. formal nursing education spans an international spectrum.
She earned her Diploma in Nursing from the Hutt Hospital School of Nursing in New Zealand in 1964. After twenty-five years of nursing practice, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern College in Pennsylvania in 1989. Three years later, 1993, she pursued and earned her Master of Nursing degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans with a clinical specialization in advanced public/community health nursing. Her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree was earned from the University of New Orleans in 2000 with a focus on educational leadership.
She has practiced as a Registered Nurse and held licenses in California, Great Britain, and New Zealand. She is a tenured Professor of Nursing. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. During her tenure at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, she assumed various administrative positions such as Acting Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing Programs and Director of the Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist Program.
Her scholarly activities include a presence on both the national and international nursing community. Her lifelong and enduring contribution to nursing is her dedicated scholarship on the caring in nursing. Her lifelong contribution has resulted in a body of work on caring in nursing that proposes a nursing caring theory applicable in nursing practice. Her theoretical framework was developed from her scholarship that includes research in the United States and internationally. She is currently developing a nursing instrument to measure her theoretical perspectives on caring both in the realm of research and clinical nursing practice. She had two funded nursing research studies by the American Nurses Foundation to support her work on caring. Her scholarly publications have focused on her area of caring in nursing to include 25 published abstracts, 15 peer-reviewed referred publications, four book chapters, and over 50 invited oral presentations at the local, state, national, and international level. Her scholarship on caring in nursing has culminated in the authoring of a book – The Moral Construct of Caring in Nursing as Communicative Action.
While not being a native Louisiana resident, she has definitely established roots her in Louisiana with significant contributions to promoting nursing scholarship in Louisiana. We are pleased to recognize a world renowned nursing scholar for her theory on nursing caring.
I am honored and privileged to present LSNA’s next Hall of Fame inductee:
Dr. Jane Finlay Sumner!
- Dr. Patricia E. ThompsonDr. Patricia E. Thompson
Dr. Patricia E. Thompson
Our next (first) Hall of Fame inductee has a nursing leadership background that spans a lengthy period of highly involved professional and service activities. She earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing at Northwestern State University, and during her enrollment, she became actively involved in the College’s Student Nurse Association----one could never have imagined the magnitude of the springboard that that student membership served for her in her later accomplishments in and for nursing! From that point, she was elected as President of the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses and represented the state group at the National Student Nurses Association level.
Following graduation, not only did she continue her intense involvement in professional activities, she also continued her academic pursuits. She earned the Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Pediatrics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and the Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas. Between 1971 and 2007, she served as a faculty member in undergraduate and graduate nursing education at Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Northwestern State University (11 years), and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences---there rising to the position of Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
Throughout her career as an academician, she became increasingly involved in professional and civic activities, serving nursing and the consumers of nursing in Louisiana and the other states in which she was employed. She held offices and served on committees in the Shreveport District Nurses Association, the Louisiana State Nurses Association, the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (Board of Directors), and Sigma Theta Tau International. She and another Louisiana registered nurse developed and conducted a prenatal education program for employees and their families at the Sunbeam-Oster Housewares plant in Coushatta, LA, which resulted in an 86% decrease in maternity and nursery costs due to premature births. That project was featured on Good Morning America, the Health Show, at the Southern Governor’s Conference, in Business Week, Fortune, Newsweek, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Her scholarly activities include 1 ½ pages of funded grants amounting to millions of dollars in awards for various projects; over 2 pages of publications in nursing and over 4 pages of posters and presentations, many at the national and international levels, with titles such as “Inside the Society” and “Learning and Leading Globally”.
Noteworthy among her numerous awards for her service are:
- Shreveport District Nurse of the Year
- Distinguished Faculty Award, Northwestern State University
- Special Recognition and Education Awards, Louisiana State Nurses Association
- The Athena Award, for outstanding community Involvement, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
- Excellence in Nursing Award, LSNA
- Virginia Henderson Fellow, by Sigma Theta Tau International
- Inducted into Northwestern’s Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line
- Inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing –these are just a select few!
Her long-term, dedicated membership and service activities in Sigma Theta Tau International has led her to become a recognized nursing leader in the world. Beginning with active chapter membership, followed by regional and national activities, she was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer, President-Elect, and President of Sigma Theta Tau, International. Slightly over a year ago, she was selected as Sigma Theta Tau International’s Chief Executive Officer!
While Louisiana has lost her as a resident to Indiana, she continues her distinguished representation of Louisiana nurses at the national and international levels on a daily basis. We are proud that she gained her strong foundation in nursing leadership at one of our schools, in LASN and in LSNA.
I am honored and privileged to present LSNA’s next Hall of Fame inductee:
Dr. Patricia Eichelberger Thompson!
Hall of Fame 2010
- Enrica Kinchen SingletonEnrica Kinchen Singleton
Enrica Kinchen Singleton
Dr. Singleton’s journey into the nursing profession began 54 years ago when she graduated Cum Laude from Dillard University. Earning a college degree in the mid-50’s was a major victory for any young female but was particularly triumphant for Dr. Singleton because it was at this time that her academic voyage began.
Over the next 20 years, she continued in her pursuit of knowledge having earned 3 Masters Degrees: a Master of Public Health from Tulane University, a Masters of Science in Nursing Service Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. She ultimately received a Doctor of Public Health from Tulane University. The majority of her career has been in academia, having served as faculty at Louisiana State University Medical Center, and Southern University and as Dean at Dillard University. Her clinical experience has been in nursing administration. She is frequently referred to as the “Pioneer of Nursing Administration”. She was instrumental in shaping the role of the middle manager and organizational structure of several hospitals in the Greater New Orleans area. She emphasized the importance of staff development and education in the workplace having blazed the trail of the art and science of being a Charge Nurse.
Dr. Singleton has authored numerous manuscripts and book chapters primarily in the domain of Nursing Management, Nursing Administration, Staff Development and Clinical Leadership. She has served as keynote speaker for national forums on Transforming Nursing Education and Leadership and has presented at numerous state-wide conferences on Nursing Leadership, Organizational Structure, and Health Care Delivery Systems.
Dr. Singleton has mentored, nurtured, and educated countless undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students over the past 50 years. She is actively engaged in professional organizations and a member of numerous hospital boards. Despite having retired from nursing twice, she continues to answer the call of duty by serving as part-time faculty at Southern University in the Doctoral Program.
Dr. Singleton has truly shared a lifetime commitment to the profession of nursing. Her pioneer work in the realm of nursing administration and organizational structure has obtained national prominence and has helped to shape the health care delivery system for the state of Louisiana. Her enduring accomplishments will certainly live on in the memory of those she has served and continues to serve beyond her lifetime. Her achievements, values of integrity, humility and civility make her most deserving of the induction into the LSNA Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame 2011
- Barbara MoffettBarbara Moffett
Dr Barbara Moffett's illustrious record of professional nursing achievement spans a period of 40 years, from 1971 through 2011. Highlights of her education include undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from Northwestern State University, and the PhD in Educational Research from LSU. In addition to ongoing clinical practice, Dr. Moffett’s experience in academia began as an instructor, extending to the rank of Professor. She became Director of the School of Nursing in 1999, and for the last 18 months has served as interim Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University. As a professor of nursing and certificated nurse educator, she has taught countless nursing students. During her tenure as Professor, Director and Interim Dean, Southeastern has graduated over 5,000 baccalaureate and MSN students to meet the health care needs of the region. During her period of leadership as Director of the School of Nursing, the program received - on three separate occasions - the Nursing Program of the Year Award by the LA State Nurses Foundation. The nursing program also achieved national accreditation at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels by two different accrediting agencies, established a Board of Regents-funded Nursing Research Center, and was recognized by the University of LA System with a prestigious Area of Excellence designation.
Dr. Moffett has an ongoing record of scholarly achievement as evidenced by her publications both in refereed nursing journals and in nursing textbooks. In addition to conducting and publishing her educational research endeavors, she has presented at local, state and national venues She has written and administered several grants pertaining to nursing and nursing education, including an LNF Promise of Nursing for Louisiana Schools of Nursing Grant. Her educational innovations have included development of a Graduate Nursing Online Orientation Course. She has worked collaboratively with other Southeastern LA University departments and within the state through the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Masters of Science in Nursing. . Her commitment to faculty development is extraordinary, and as a visionary of the need to develop faculty scholarship, she formed the “Writer’s Block” to support nursing publication endeavors. In a letter of support, one of her young faculty colleagues wrote that “amid today’s tumultuous and uncertain economic climate, Southeastern has been most fortunate to have been aligned with such a stabilizing, objective, passionate and dedicated nursing advocate”. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Moffett participated in relief efforts and provided resources in Southeastern’s Assembly Center, in a New Orleans Free Primary Health Care Clinic, and worked closely with LSU HSC in arranging space and services for displaced faculty and students at the Baton Rouge Center.
Dr. Moffett has been recognized as a recipient of many awards and honors, such as the Nightingale Award as Nurse Educator of the Year, Excellence in Research Award (Rho Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau; Excellence in Service (SLU), Excellence in Teaching and also Nurse of the Year, Tangipahoa District Nurses Assocation.. She was cited as a New Orleans City Business Woman of the Year in 2204 for her accomplishments in nursing education and administration.
Dr. Moffett has ongoing active membership in LSNA and ANA since 1971, including that of president of a district nurses association and at the state level, serving as treasurer of LSNA & LNF, as well as participating on several committees as a member of the LSNA Board of Directors. She has also served as a delegate to state and ANA conventions. She actively served as an officer of Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and was instrumental in establishing this chapter at Southeastern. As a community leader, Dr. Moffett is noteworthy for her service on a variety of community boards, including the Tangipahoa Parish United Way, Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, North Oaks Rehabilitation Board, Habitat for Humanity. and a Health Literacy Task Force.
In conclusion, we can unequivocally state that as a professional nurse with 35 year tenure at Southeastern LA University, Dr. Barbara Moffett has developed a legacy as an innovative leader in the education of thousands of students, and as a caring, supportive mentor to faculty and staff. She has touched many lives of nursing colleagues in Louisiana and beyond through her expertise, dedication and as an influential role model. The Tangipahoa District Nurses Association is proud to nominate Dr. Barbara Moffett for this prestigious recognition, and to celebrate her myriad and exemplary achievements on behalf of Nursing!
- Cheryl TaylorCheryl Taylor
From her early recognition by the New Orleans’ District Nurses Association J.B. Hickey Memorial Community Service Award, to her history of leading successful Women’s Health Disparities initiatives at the state level and being chosen by the CDC’s National REACH Coalition as a national health champion when they named the Annual C. Taylor Pearlmaker Vision and Leadership Award, Dr. Taylor’s leadership clearly has been felt beyond the boundaries of our profession. Her nursing career began in high school under the tutelage of Anna Goldman and Mary Tunis, she later was a founding member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority at Dillard University, and the first African American President of Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Nu Chapter, in Louisiana. Dr. Taylor earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, School of Nursing and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University, in Denton. She designed and taught the first Women’s health course at Tulane University School of Public Health. Her Women’s health research findings are cited in the United States Senate Congressional Record, June 1910.
Dr. Taylor’s legacy of work features improvements to everything she touches: institutions, organizations, patients, and nursing and health care students across the globe. For example, she represented nursing on the National Library of Medicines Long-range panel for clinical and public health systems, shaping healthcare of the future. Dr. Taylor led the design and implementation of cardiovascular health interventions for thousands of women in Louisiana. Eleanor Hinton Hoytt of the Black Women’s Health Imperative stated “the impact of Dr. Taylor’s knowledge, professionalism, caring and compassion made the difference in the self-care practices in the thousands of women’s lives (who) were touched by her interventions. Those women used the skills that Dr. Taylor taught them to navigate through Katrina and other disasters.” Dr. Taylor’s work improving the lives of homeless women and families is documented and she contributed language to the US Stewart B. Mckinney Homelessness Assistance Act, sponsored by the Late Senator Edward Kennedy.
Dr. Taylor’s role as mentor to nurses and health professions students spans over 35 years. Former doctoral students say ….. Dr. Taylor “taught us to look beyond the surface, to reach out to others and to help others to help themselves. Her knowledge of nursing and people penetrates your soul. She inspires others to reach out for the betterment of human kind; she truly listens and is always helping others.” She also has been commended by the National Students Nurses Association and is NSNAs first consultant from the State of Louisiana. NLN CEO Dr. Beverly Malone wrote “Dr. Taylor has “excellence in strategizing ways to overcome racial, ethnic, and gender diversity issues…in nursing education and the nursing work forces. For this work and other accomplishments, Dr. Taylor is sought after by many but has chosen to give Louisiana her best. As the Director of the Office of Nursing Research at Southern University Baton Rouge, her contributions have facilitated some of the best research in the state focusing on “Reducing Health Disparities to Vulnerable Populations.”
Dr. Taylor is a past recipient of the LA State Association of Student Nurses: Leaders and Leaders Awards; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Autherine Lucy Foster Award for Mentoring Undergraduate students; Sigma Theta Tau International Spirit of Renewal Award; The National Black Nurses Association Past Presidents Leadership Award; Emerging Nursing Star in Health Disparities Research Award; the LSNA Outstanding Nurse Researcher of the Year; and, the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award at Southern University Baton Rouge. Dr. Taylor represents Louisiana nursing at the National level and in May of this year, Dr. Taylor will be conducting Women’s Health Grand Rounds at Indiana University Medical Center for all health disciplines. For someone who graduated from high school as a 16 year old practical nurse, Dr. Taylor’s been blooming in every place she’s been planted. Cheryl Taylor represents the heart and soul of nursing leadership.
Hall of Fame 2012
- Dr. Wanda SpurlockDr. Wanda Spurlock
Dr. Wanda Spurlock
Dr. Wanda Raby Spurlock has been a RN for 35 yrs., with 19 yrs. as a University School of Nursing scholar and educator. Prior to this role, she was employed in her specialty fields of psychiatric and mental health nursing, as well as gerontological nursing. Dr. Spurlock began her career as a staff nurse in an acute care psychiatric setting, and was later promoted to charge nurse, head nurse, program coordinator, and Director of Nursing Services. She became a RN in 1976, earning a diploma from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing; earned her BSN from Southeastern LA University, in 1984; and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in psychiatric and mental health nursing as well as education, from LSU Medical Center, N.O., LA, in 1987. Dr. Spurlock received her Doctor of Nursing Science Degree from LSU Health Sciences Center, N.O., LA, in 2002, having studied the phenomenon of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), with an emphasis on nursing consultation specific to elderly persons with this disorder in diverse care settings.
Her caring for the elderly was a calling even as a child, where she had a natural deep awareness of her connection and sensitivity to others. From this came her lifelong, far-reaching impact with students, patients, families and colleagues, where she applies her knowledge, teaching ability, research, and compassion to improve the quality of life for the elderly population, especially those with AD. Dr. Spurlock’s leadership in the mission to improve the lives of persons with AD has been the major feature of her nursing career. Widely recognized for her knowledge, dedication to, and understanding of the elderly, especially those with this devastating disease, she has been instrumental in transforming the elderly care paradigm for persons suffering from AD and has enlightened countless family caregivers. In gero-psych settings, Dr. Spurlock changed the paradigm to restraint-free care for elderly patients with cognitive impairments and behavioral manifestations, resulting in enhanced caring relationships and improved health outcomes. She continues to interface with mental health patients through her PRN work in the Behavioral and Mental Health Department of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
Through her community outreach, Dr. Spurlock has the respect of both lay and professional caregivers on a local, state, and national basis. She has shared her expertise to improve the quality of care in settings such as acute care facilities, nursing homes, adult care centers and home health agencies and is often sought for presentations at community-based organizations serving elderly citizens. She was appointed by Governor Mike Foster to serve on the LA’s Governor’s Task Force for AD and Related Disorders. Dr. Spurlock has been a constant advocate, assuring that voices of AD patients in LA are heard and that their health care needs are met. Her service, publications, and awards are far too numerous to mention in the time allotted, but I will mention a few more of the most prominent. Dr. Spurlock has been a faculty member of the SON, for 19 yrs. teaching, mentoring and advising more than 1,500 students.
A volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area for over 15 yrs., she has held a variety of leadership positions, profoundly affecting a 10-parish area of south LA with over 15,000 persons with AD and other dementias. In 2009, Dr. Spurlock received the coveted Rosemary Volunteer Award. She received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from our Lady of the Lake College of Nursing, and the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Nursing and Allied Sciences from Southeastern LA University. Dr. Spurlock has shared her expertise through service boards of professional and healthcare organizations such as OLOL’s Elderly Housing Board, the Alzheimer’s Services Respite Center Board and the LA Geriatric Society Advisory Board. She was honored as the 2009 Nightingale Award recipient of the LSNA for Outstanding Community Service by a RN.
Dr. Spurlock was instrumental in developing the services of the Nurse Managed Family Health Care Ctr. that remain in operation today, including the Medicaid Application Center, WIC, and Immunization programs. She was also responsible for the design and implementation of the School’s mobile health clinic, the Jag Mobile. She developed partnerships with community-based agencies serving vulnerable populations such as the homeless and mentally ill, leading efforts to bring primary healthcare to those who otherwise lacked access to these services. Dr. Spurlock served as Coordinator of the Katrina Health Outreach Initiative, applying the School’s efforts in providing health care services to evacuees in the largest FEMA transitional trailer community in BR, receiving national recognition for this remarkable project. As a Certified Nurse Educator through the NLN, Dr. Spurlock has made notable contributions to nursing education, research, and practice. A faculty participant with the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium Institute since 2007, she is an excellent role model for her nursing students and a champion for gerontological studies. Dr. Spurlock has been board certified through the ANCC in Psych. and Mental Health Nursing and in Gerontological Nursing for over 25 years. She was selected by STT International Honor Society of Nursing, in conjunction with the Hartford Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, to develop an assessment tool to evaluate the dementia knowledge base of RNs employed in nursing home settings throughout the US. Dr. Spurlock is 1of only 3 Excellence in Dementia Care Specialists in LA. As a testament of her extraordinary contributions to gerontological nursing, she was conferred “Fellow” Status by the National Gerontological Nursing Association where she is a member of the Governing Body and currently chairs the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Committee. One of her favorite quotes is “What is as important as knowledge asked the Mind? Caring answered the heart.” It is an honor to be her colleague, and a great pleasure to assist in conferring this award.
- Dr. Norann PlanchockDr. Norann Planchock
Dr. Norann Planchock
Following 11 years of clinical practice experiences in public health, nursing education and critical care nursing in areas in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Dr. Norann Planchock moved to Louisiana, where she continued to emerge as a leader in nursing.
Her leadership involvement at the local, state and national levels has included membership, committee, or officer service with various organizations or commissions. Some of those include the Shreveport District Nurses Association, LSNA, ANA, the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Louisiana Council of Administrators of Nursing Education, the Nursing Supply and Demand Commission, the Louisiana Health Works Commission, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Southern Council for Collegiate Education in Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Most recently, she has served on the Core Leadership Team for the Future of Nursing in Louisiana, Campaign for Action.
As an educator, she had experienced the gamut of faculty roles ranging from Research Assistant, to Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor and Dean; now Dean of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health at Northwestern. During her tenure as Dean, every nursing and allied health program has experienced significant growth; simulation laboratories in both disciplines have been established on the campus sites in Shreveport, Alexandria and Leesville, and new baccalaureate and masters programs have been established in nursing and Allied Health. She has been involved numerous research projects, externally funded grants and professional presentation.
Enduring achievement, having value beyond the nominee’s lifetime:
The lifetime value of Dr. Planchock’s contributions to the nursing practice, nursing education and healthcare arenas in Louisiana is difficult to evaluate as she continues to be immersed in these areas on a daily basis. However, the following activities reflect, nominally, on some of the projected lifetime contributions of her service:
- Contributed to the development of nurse practitioner concentrations in family, pediatric, women’s health, acute and neonatal areas at Northwestern, which has provided a worth of practicing primary and acute care nurse practitioners across the state;
- Implemented the requirement that nurse practitioner students gain a significant component of their clinical experiences with clients from rural or urban underserved communities, which has expanded the number of nurse practitioners serving rural and underserved clients in Louisiana;
- Has made invaluable contributions to the accreditation process by her long tenure as a site evaluator, which will continue to impact the quality of nursing education programs across the country.
- Served to develop and improve the quality criteria by which LSNA evaluates and approves Continuing Education offerings for nursing. She received the LNF Volunteer of the Year Award for this long service in 2007;
- She was instrumental in assuring that nursing was represented as an critical member of the Health Works Commission Executive Board;
- She was a key member of the team of nurses who sought the development and approval of the Senate Resolution to establish the Louisiana Center for Nursing under the auspices of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
- Joyce TravelbeeJoyce Travelbee
It is with great honor that I accept the Hall of Fame Award for Joyce Travelbee on behalf of the LSUHSC School of Nursing administrative team and faculty. Joyce Travelbee was nominated posthumously for the Hall of Fame based on her excellence in nursing education, promotion and advocacy for mental/psychiatric nursing and health care, and her Human to Human Relationship Theory. Joyce Travelbee taught numerous courses in both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at DePaul Hospital Affiliate School, Charity Hospital SON, LSUMC, New York University, University of Mississippi, and Hotel Dieu SON. Furthermore, Joyce Travelbee was the first Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center then called LSU Medical Center School of Nursing. Joyce Travelbee practiced in the areas of psychiatric nursing and nursing education for 30 years until her untimely death in 1973 at the age of 47.
Joyce Travelbee led the charge locally and nationally to bring about humane treatment of mental/psychiatric patients. Certainly, her nursing practice in mental health, extensive educational background, and religious beliefs influenced the development of her nursing theory.
Joyce Travelbee’s greatest contribution was her nursing theory, Human to Human Relationship Theory. She published three books that highlight the evolving theory: Interpersonal Aspects of Nursing (1966); Intervention in Psychiatric Nursing Process in the One-to-One Relationship (1969); and Interpersonal Aspects of Nursing (2nd ed.)(1971). Joyce Travelbee presented over 50 papers. One of Ms. Travelbee’s most noted local speeches was her keynote presentation at the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses Convention November 21, 1969. The title was Involvement and was printed by Touro Infirmary.
At the 98th Region VII meeting of Louisiana State Nurses Association, Joyce Travelbee told nurses that, “…communication with patients and family is not difficult, but relating to the other person as a human being is the big test” (States-Item, April 13, 1972). Further the article stated, Ms. Travelbee offered suggestions for dealing with the mentally ill person, “We must be authentic; let them know we are interested in them and their well-being. We should even enter into a pact, working agreement or even contract with them and try to find out what they believe is their problem, not what we believe it is, or what we think they believe it is.”
Human to Human Relationship Theory is Joyce Travelbee’s enduring achievement. Reference to Joyce Travelbee’s theory is found today in numerous theory textbooks (e.g. Chinn, Meleis, & Roy). In Japan, Travelbee’s nursing theory is popular in schools of nursing because of its emphasis on the human (Personal conversation, Mako Shirouzu RN, International Philosophy of Nursing Conference, September 25, 2008).
I would like to read a few quotes from esteemed nurses:
Dr. Dianna Douglas DNS, APRN-CNS, Professor of Nursing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, “Joyce Travelbee’s contributions to nursing theory and nursing practice has earned her a place in nursing history. The impact of her theory on nursing knowledge and patient care was evident in the 1970s and is equally applicable today. Her focus on human relationships and facilitating coping and growth remains relevant even in a technologically advanced nursing environment. One of the core themes of her efforts was assisting individuals to find meaning in the illness situation/experience. Personal and professional influences such as her deep spirituality, creativity, and education enriched the development of Joyce Travelbee’s theory and her untimely death left her contribution to nursing knowledge incomplete.”
Afaf Meleis PhD, FAAN, Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
I think very highly of Travelbee and her ideas on communication and development of relationships. She was ahead of her time among a group of interactionists who defined nursing as interaction and relationship. She was unique in terms of her view on suffering. You do not see that in many other theories…. The impact of a theorist is best seen if ideas are more common ground and integrated, but not constantly identified in the literature. Suffering, relationships, building trust, and communication patterns are main stream in nursing that we do not think about the theorists that promoted those ideas…. Travelbee focused on redefining situations related to suffering and that was unique in terms of different theorists…. Her theory is very relevant in acute, critical care, and mental health settings. Whenever we speak about nursing in terms of caring, she should be valued.
Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut, Editor of Advances in Nursing Science
Joyce Travelbee was among the earliest, and the most important of the nursing theorists. She developed her ideas at a time when nurses and women were not generally recognized as theorists and scholars, and her ideas were not as widely recognized at the time as they should have been. Her thinking was fully grounded in nursing practice, with a major focus on the quality and meaning of the relationship that nurses can develop as a means to promote health and healing. Since other disciplines were focusing on diseases and on phenomenon that could be easily measured with scientific instrumentation, her ideas were sometimes regarded as "soft" or as nice ideals, but not amenable to scientific inquiry. Nevertheless, she remained focused on what she knew to be the heart and soul of healing and she laid the foundation for future nurse scholars who ultimately developed nursing's important contributions to the development of knowledge of caring relationships as crucial to healing processes. She truly is among the great thinkers in nursing of all time, and all contemporary nurse scholars owe a deep debt of gratitude for her courage and foresight.
Hall of Fame 2013
- Nita GreenNita Green
Mrs. Nita Green earned her Associate Degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1982, her BSN from Grambling State University in 1989, and her MSN from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1996. While continuing her education, she also worked as a registered nurse, raised a family, and graduated with honors at every level. Nita joined her professional organization upon graduation from Louisiana Tech in 1982 and has been a continuous, faithful, and active member of the Ruston District Nurses Association, Louisiana State Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association for over thirty years. She began her career at a 35-bed full service rural hospital. Her early evidence of clinical expertise and organization meant that she would often be tapped to accept a challenge to open a new department, manage greater responsibilities, and ensure quality outcomes without fail.
In the early 90’s Mrs. Green was hired as Director of Nursing at North Louisiana Rehabilitation Hospital, a 90-bed facility. Immediately she developed a nursing model which reduced utilization of agency nurses by 95% and increased the quality of care to the clients. Similar clients were co-horted in units as orthopedic, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, etc. Nurses were given more specialized training and outcomes improved. As part of a national hospital group, in 1996, she was the recipient of the “Director of Nursing of the Year” for the Eastern Division of the company. The award was based on quality of client care, employee satisfaction, and cost containment.
After receiving her Master’s degree, she turned to the worked of academia. In 1999, she became Assistant Professor of Nursing at Louisiana Tech. She again assumed many leadership roles and chaired committees, and provided innovation within the department. While at Louisiana Tech, she was nominated for the coveted “Virgil Orr, Junior Faculty Award.” Of all the accolades Nita Green has received, and there are many more than we will cover here tonight, she personally acknowledges that the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Louisiana Tech is the one most dear to her. This award is given to an alumnus of the College of Life Sciences, now the College of Applied Natural Sciences, who has displayed exemplary leadership and has been a strong advocate for the Division of Nursing at Louisiana Tech.
In 2001, Mrs. Green was contacted by the Dean of the Health and Natural Sciences Department at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, Arkansas who had heard of her reputation and needed a director for his nursing programs. Now, even though the program is in Arkansas, as a border town, at least 25% of their graduates live and work in Louisiana. Following a grueling interview process, she accepted the position and was told that the office, the faculty, the NCLEX pass rate, the student behavior, the curriculum – in short, the entire program would have to be completely reorganized. Challenge accepted, again! When she retired in 2011, NCLEX pass rate was 95%, student behavior was improved and in compliance with expectations, faculty members were focused and engaged, the program was modernized and even housed in a brand new building which she helped design to afford an optimal learning environment for student nurses. Additionally, grant money had been secured to add a practical nursing program. Nita’s work was again beyond what others could imagine and an example of her talents and commitment.
These accomplishments, represented Mrs. Green’s “day job,” if you will! As stated earlier, she has been active in our professional organization since 1982. At the district level in Ruston, she was elected to the Board of Directors, served as Secretary, Vice President, and then as President. She faithfully attended Nurse Days at the Legislature, served as a delegate at numerous House of Delegates, met state officers and chairpersons, and work to learn the processes of the State Nurses Association. She made contacts with legislators, wrote letters, and followed important nursing and health care issues. In 1999, Mrs. Green was elected to her first role at the state level, Second Vice President. During her term, the House of Delegates changed the bylaws to be more congruent with ANA, eliminating the Second Vice President office and she was elected Vice President. Within these roles, she was aware of problems looming for our organization and moved ahead to seek to serve as President-Elect and then President beginning in April 2005. Those of you who have been members since then will remember that it was discovered that LSNA was informed by the IRS that a great sum of money was due. As President-Elect (2003-2005) and President (2005-2007), Mrs. Green and the Board began work with a CPA and attorney through frequent and long meetings to resolve the situation. With the hard work of the LSNA leadership team a plan was devised that was acceptable to the IRS and that would save the organization. The debt is now cleared, and was actually paid off ahead of schedule; the Administrative Manual was revised to protect the organization from a future incident. Many of you may remember that 2005 was also the year of Hurricane Katrina. Mrs. Green may have been wondering, “Why did I become president?” but her actions never indicated hesitancy. Living in the northern part of Louisiana, even cell phone communication and travel were initially limited to emergency personnel. It was two weeks before she could make a trip to the LSNA office to see the devastation. Much work was required by the staff, volunteers, board members, and elected officers. When communication was restored, she maintained daily contact. Again, her leadership helped the organization and the nurses in our state weather a catastrophic event. The Massachusetts State Nurses Association invited her to present to their membership in April 2006 the lessons learned that could help other associations avert a similar crisis.
Mrs. Nita Green is an honorable candidate for the Hall of Fame. She has demonstrated leadership in nursing practice, education, and within the professional organization. She has served her community and is always ready to volunteer her talents and service.
- Sheila AllenSheila Allen
Our first inductee received her BSN from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and started her career at Baton Rouge General where she worked for 33 years in various perioperative nursing roles. As the RN First Assistant Role was developed, Sheila pursued additional study from Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania to advance to this role. She has been an active member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses for more than 30 years, serving from chapter to national roles and offices. A prolific author, she has published articles, book chapters, and policy statements. Serving as national AORN president for 2001 and 2002, Sheila also became a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on mentoring, advocacy, professionalism, and perioperative topics. In 2003, she was the first American to present the Daisy Ayris Lecture for the Association of Perioperative Practitioners in the United Kingdom and served as Secretary for the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses from 2001 – 2007. Sheila was publicly recognized by Dr. Eugene Berry, a pioneer in cardiothoracic surgery as instrumental to his achievements and contributions to cardiothoracic outcomes for patients in Louisiana. With all of her knowledge, experience, achievements, and talents, Sheila remains committed to mentoring current and future nurses.
In her own words on mentoring, Sheila says:
“Our obligation as nurses and perioperative nurses is to share what we know-to “pay it forward” as it were, to our profession and to the communities in which we live. We can do this in many ways: by writing, speaking, and serving as preceptors to new nurses. By sharing what we know, we encourage and role model patient care and an ongoing pursuit of excellence. The impact to the profession is that those we mentor then care for patients based on the formal and informal education, their experiential knowledge, and their intuitive, cognitive reasoning.
By supporting, encouraging , and demonstrating a commitment to life-long learning we help to provide future patients with highly qualified nursing professionals who employ their minds, hearts, and hands to improve patient outcomes. These young professionals continuously employ their critical thinking skills and their perioperative knowledge to improve the perioperative practice in facilities where they practice. These young nurses utilize tools such as checklists and timeouts, synthesizing with standards and recommended practices, to provide patients with safe, efficient care during the surgical procedures.
The most rewarding part of mentoring is the knowledge that these perioperative nurses will do the same for others someday, passing along the ethics and intangible components of providing real care for patients at this critical juncture in their life’s journey.”
Sheila’s continuing work and legacy will be contributions to perioperative nursing, serving as a patient advocate, demonstrating lifelong learning, encouraging others to consider the nursing profession, and mentoring generations of new and future nurses. We are honored tonight to acknowledge SHEILA ALLEN as a 2013 Nightingale Hall of Fame Inductee.
- Dr. Marilyn SullivanDr. Marilyn Sullivan
Dr. Marilyn Sullivan
Our third Nightingale Hall of Fame inductee tonight is another individual instrumental in stabilizing our organization through tough times and providing life-long leadership, mentoring and guidance through her many efforts.
Beginning her career as a diploma graduate from Mobil Infirmary School of Nursing, Marilyn continued her lifelong educational journey with a Bachelor’s from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Master’s in community Health Nursing and Nursing Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctorate of Nursing Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, she has achieved certifications as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Certified patient Educator, and Community Faith Nurse. Marilyn has numerous publications nationally and internationally on patient related topics, as well as mentoring. Further, she is an experienced presenter on topics related to clinical issues such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s, quality care, healthcare financing, delegation, empowerment, and preceptorship activities.
Dr. Sullivan’s professional career has included military service in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserves where she achieved the rank of Captain, as well as general hospitals and clinics working in orthopedics, neurology, Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Home Health, and medical offices. She has worked in roles from staff nurse to charge nurse, Head Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Director of Nursing primarily in the New Orleans and Northshore areas. Additionally, she entered nursing education as a clinical instructor and continued to become an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at William Carey College in New Orleans. Between 2004 and 2006, Marilyn joined the faculty at Our Lady of the Lake College and advanced from Associate Professor to MSN Program Director, later stepping back to pursue other interests but remaining as adjunct faculty.
Always active in our professional organization at the district, state, and national level, Marilyn has served the Northshore District as a Board member, secretary, treasurer, president-elect, and President – being elected to the office of District President for three separate terms, in three different decades. Marilyn’s staying power was also demonstrated at the state level, as she served as a state and national delegate to these respective House of Delegates for more than ten house sessions. Marilyn was the first Louisiana nurse to serve in a national office at the American Nurses Association when she served as Treasurer from 2008 to 2010. Additionally she served as chairperson of the ANA Employee Retirement Fund, the Products and Services Advisory Committee, and working with the Center for American Nursing. At the Louisiana State Nurses Association, Dr. Sullivan’s service during the past four decades has included work with the Program Committee, Managerial Task Force, Finance Committee, Community Health Conference Group Chair, Nursing Education Commission, President-Elect, President, Treasurer, and Newspaper Editor.
It was during her term as President that the IRS arrived seeking $140,000 in taxes and penalties to the state and federal governments. You have heard about the work of the LSNA officers and Board to stabilize the situation and develop a plan. What you have not heard is that Marilyn Sullivan volunteered to carry out the duties of the Executive Director and saved the association over $45,000 per year to help pay this unexpected tax bill. She also had to face the devastating task of dismissing three of the five very capable LSNA staff in order to further cut expenses. All of these activities occurred without drawing public attention to the nurses association’s financial crises and helping to protect the image of the Louisiana State Nurses Association. The commitment to seeing this crisis through led Marilyn to run for and secure the office of Treasurer following her term as President. Please remember that she was employed full-time and a long-time resident of the Northshore while this crisis and Katrina were both impacting Louisiana.
So, in addition to being instrumental in securing the future of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, Dr. Sullivan helped to develop a number of programs which have impacted nursing and healthcare. As a founding member of the New Orleans Healthcare consortium, she served on the Executive Board and was Chairperson of the Curriculum and Articulation Committee. The work of this group promoted and conducted activities and healthcare fairs to high school students and coordinated traineeships with hospitals and healthcare organizations to expose students to healthcare professions. She served on a steering committee that developed an Alzheimer’s Day Care Center in Slidell. This included acquiring funding, securing licensure, finding volunteer staff, hiring a full-time nurse and getting the program operational to provide care for these clients and respite care for their caregivers. As Director of Nursing at a new long-term acute care hospital, she lead the respiratory and nursing staff in developing policies that assisted in the hospital receiving full accreditation. She developed MSN programs at William Carey College and Our Lady of the Lake that led to state board of nursing approval and National League for Nursing accreditation. As a parish nurse for her church, she created the first Health Ministry program in the New Orleans area, United Methodist Church District.
Dr. Sullivan is the epitome of professional nursing; she has demonstrated leadership throughout her nursing career in the areas of education, nursing practice, economics, and literature. Despite retirement, she has remained involved in her community and the nursing association. Marilyn is the personification of a leader, mentor, and role model for those entering and continuing their nursing career.
We are grateful for the service, commitment, and dedication of Dr. Marilyn Sullivan and honor her accomplishments tonight with her induction into the 2013 Nightingale Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame 2014
- Cynthia PrestholdtCynthia Prestholdt
over the last 50 years, her consistent engagement in a variety of professional activities has yielded immeasurable, sustained benefits to the nursing profession both locally and nationally. Cynthia began her distinguished career in nursing in 1963 when she graduated, with high distinction, from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She went on to complete her Master’s degree there in 1967. In 1995, she received her PhD from LSU in Vocational Education with a focus on Adult Education and a minor in Psychology/Adult Development and Aging.
Her clinical practice included staff nursing in intensive care, public health nursing, childbirth educatory and an educator in parenting skills. In 1977, she joined the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University and during her tenure, rose to Coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program.
Throughout her nursing career, Dr. Prestholdt has maintained membership and contributed her time an effort to a variety of professional and community organizations. She moved from a member of the student nurses association to a member of the American Nurses Association when she graduated in 1963. After relocating to Louisiana, she joined LSNA and the Baton Rouge District and is still an active member. Nationally she has served on ANA Committees and as an LSNA delegate to national conventions. As a member of LSNA, Dr. Prestholdt served on the Louisiana Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and was appointed to the Governor’s TB Task Force. She has been a member of the LSNA Board of Directors, also serving as Chair of the Education Council and developing the LNF Scholarship Selection Committee along with procedures and guidelines that have now been requested by other nursing organizations for use in scholarship selection determinations. Without Dr. Prestholdt’s leadership, this major contribution to future nurses in the state would not have taken place in such a thorough and reputable manner.
Dr. Prestholdt has a long standing history in serving in key leadership roles. She volunteers in community and professional groups, especially where there is potential to enhance the role that nurses play in promoting health care within the community. Whether it is volunteering to perform vision and hearing screenings in the Health Care Centers in Schools, to work nights at the Katrina Special Needs Center in the LSU Field House, to be a celebrity reader volunteer at Lenscrafter Eyeglass screenings or to serve on the Louisiana Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (LaPOST) Task Force, Cynthia is there to contribute her time and talents.
Throughout her lengthy professional career, Dr. Cynthia Prestholdt has been an Innovator – identifying challenges and turning them into opportunities to improve nursing. In the 1960s, as a newcomer to Baton Rouge, she worked on an assessment project with the League of Women Voters members on the need for emergency medical transportation in East Baton Rouge parish, fostering the development of the EMS system that we have today. The 1970s gave Cynthia opportunity to become a certified LAMAZE instructor and to lay the groundwork for the childbirth education and family centered childbirth commonly offered today. She developed a school health program for her daughter’s school and incorporated the introduction of Southeastern’s nursing students to the National Hansen’s Disease Center at Carville The 1980s had Dr. Prestholdt leading student into pioneering clinical experiences in petrochemical plants, school-based clinics, and public health clinics. During her doctoral studies in the 1990s, she sought a preempted experience in an intergenerational day care center named “Crossroads.” She studied learning styles and critical thinking abilities among nurses. There should be no surprise then that she co-developed the first “Gerohealth” nursing course for undergraduate and graduate levels at Southeastern. During the 2000s, she promoted development of a “Community Capstone” course and helped develop the Rho Zeta Chapter at Southeastern as the charter Sigma Theta Tau Chapter. Cynthia served as President-Elect and then President. She continued to develop the graduate nursing program, establishing distance learning, especially via Internet access – a process that became essential in maintaining student learning progress in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Dr. Cynthia Prestholdt’s innovations in teaching, learning, and commitment to nursing practice throughout her distinguished career have demonstrably earned her recognition as a nursing leader worthy of Hall of Fame recognition.
- Ann CarruthAnn Carruth
ANN CARRUTH’s preparation for a career in nursing began at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1984. While serving as a Staff RN at Seventh Ward General Hospital and working with the home health division as well, Ann committed herself to advancing professionally, and earned a Master of Science degree in nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1989. Continuing her practice of nursing at Baton Rouge General Medical Center, she also began serving as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University in 1990. She was named Assistant Professor in 1992 and after being awarded her Doctorate of Nursing Science in 1994 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, was named Associate Professor in 1997 and then Professor in 2002. In 2006, Dr. Carruth dedicated herself full time to developing the next generation of nurses, serving as Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator at SLU until 2011. In Spring 2011, Dr. Carruth was named Interim Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Dean in 2012. Her career exemplifies a strong commitment to lifelong learning, the practice of nursing, and teaching and mentoring others who wish to follow in her footsteps as a practicing nurse and educator.
Dr. Carruth has always given back to the nursing field through participation in a wide variety of professional organizations. She has been a member of the American Nurses Association since 1988 and as a member of the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association she served as President from 2007-2009. Additionally she is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society/Baton Rouge Oncology Nursing Society and the Southern Nursing Research Society.
Through Dr. Carruth’s leadership, Southeastern Louisiana University, North Oaks Health System, the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation, and the Livingston Economic Development Council have formed a consortium and secured funding through a USDA grant to deliver the Louisiana Delta Health Coach Program. The consortium was formed to improve the health outcomes of the community, which has lower levels of education and income that state and national averages, with higher percentages of persons on food stamps. The Louisiana Delta Health Coach Program will train 80 students as health coaches to provide a holistic approach to patient care through health education and wraparound services. These coaches are expected to improve health outcomes and quality of life for and estimated 1,400 patients. The program also provides for continuing education of clinical staff to improve the existing workforce, reduce hospital admissions, and save jobs. The community will benefit through improved health outcomes from health coaching and a more skilled health care staff.
Through research and her affiliations with the North American Agromedicine Consortium and Agrisafe, Dr. Carruth has positively impacted the safety and health of farm families and agricultural workers across Louisiana and the nation. Her research contributions have led to publications addressing children’s injuries in agriculture-related events, potential exposure to hazardous work activities among farmwomen, and the development of theoretical approaches to motivating behavioral change in farm families.
Through her teaching, mentoring, research and contributions to the practice of nursing and population health, Dr. Carruth has established a legacy of which to be exceedingly proud. And her work continues with current involvement in two research projects addressing community capacity and occupational health among Vietnamese.
Dr. Carruth strives to make a difference – to her profession, to her students, and to her communities – both local and worldwide. She is steadfast in that commitment and a welcomed colleague into our Hall of Fame.
- Denise DannaDenise Danna
DENISE DANNA, has practiced nursing at the bedside, as a nursing administrator, and as a nursing educator for 38 years, from 1975 to the present. Earning her BSN, Master’s and Doctorate in Nursing Science within the LSU System.
Dr. Danna is a true servant leader. She has served as President of the Louisiana State Nurses Association, held several leadership positions for the New Orleans District Nurses Association and Epsilon Nu, and serves on the United Way. Dr. Danna is an executive administrator, educator, leader, and mentor. She is an inspirational leader that motivates her followers to engage in a vision to improve nursing and health care in both the acute and primary care settings. She is innovative and transformational in her leadership practices. Her enduring contributions will be further evidenced by the numerous nurses she has mentored and motivated to lead change in nursing and the healthcare system.
As a Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Danna led the nursing staffs of hospitals in the New Orleans and Houston areas through not only the daily healthcare environment of regulatory requirements, quality indicators, labor adjustments, changing systems and maintaining preparedness for an unannounced Joint Commission survey visit; but she did it in a manner that encouraged Magnet level performance, personal growth and professional certification, patient advocacy. Dr. Danna also led the nursing staff during the extraordinary time of the devastating and life-changing hurricane Katrina. Maintaining vigilance in patient care and handling, as well as understanding for the impact on caregivers.
As current program director of the Nursing Administration track in the Graduate Program at LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans, she demonstrates competence in teaching leadership, and course development. She works with junior faculty and graduate students as a mentor, preceptor, and advisor. She guides those under her direction to envision and strive for goals as she gently leads them through their pathe. She bravely takes the “hard questions and tasks and has the ability to keep the group focused on the goals at hand. She does not attempt to imprint her ideas as the correct ones, but skillfully molds the ideas of others to achieve success in their own way.
Dr. Danna participated in the development of the Emergent Nurse Leader Program and led the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program through the LSU Board of Supervisors, Board of Regents, and Board of Nursing.
Dr. Danna has a lengthy and diverse research background that includes funded and unfunded projects. Major areas of research have focused on Quality and Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Management, Nurse Retention, and Strategic Partnerships to Enhance the Nurses Work Environment. Her continued research interests are disaster/emergency management and leadership. Her personal experience as Chief Nursing Officer afforded her the opportunity to work during many disasters, especially Hurricane Katrina; therefore providing her with the experience and passion to investigate and participate in disaster and emergency related issues. She currently serves on several disaster-focused committees. The Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services has requested that each region of the state develop guidelines for hospitals to ensure equality in utilization of scarce resources. Dr. Danna serves on the committee for Region 1.
Similarly, her list of publications is extensive, with her most recent co-authored books being Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurricane Katrina and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing: A Historical Perspective 1933-2010.
During the first 38 years of her career, Dr. Danna has accomplished much in the nursing profession, the scope of her accomplishments and her unending commitment to the essence of nursing make us proud to honor her as a 2014 inductee into the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame 2015
- Coletta BarrettColetta Barrett
Coletta Barrett well exemplifies ALL the qualities enumerated in the criteria for the 2015 Louisiana Nurses Foundation Nightingale Hall of Fame Award. Her professional career was launched in 1977 when she received her Diploma in Nursing from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans. She next completed the Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist Program in 1979 at Methodist Hospital/Baylor University in Houston Texas and received her Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification. She earned Certification in Facilitator Training from the prestigious Juran Institute in 1990 at Boston College. Coletta earned the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing, and graduated Cum Laude in 1991 from Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing. She earned the Masters of Health Administration degree and was named the Outstanding Executive MHA Student Award in 1994 at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of Health Systems Management at Tulane University in New Orleans. She now has over 35 years of significant practice as a registered nurse – from the bedside to the boardroom. Known for her facilitation skills and collaborative style, she is a coalition builder and articulate leader. From Capitol Hill to the State House, she has provided leadership in advocacy through strategy formulation, development of legislation and maintains ongoing dialogue with congressional and state delegations, as well as members of the Administration and other key officials. She’s volunteered her time and energy to effectively facilitate plans for many local entities such as Mid-City Redevelopment, Leadership Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Nurses Association, North Oaks Regional Medical Center in Hammond, United Way, and for many other nonprofit organizations. Coletta Barrett has been a member of LSNA/ANA and has expertly assisted as an effective facilitator of strategic planning for the organization. In 2010, she received the Community Volunteer Leadership Award from the Louisiana Nurses Foundation (LNF) and last year, received the LNF Volunteer Nurse of the Year Award at the Nightingale Award Gala. Given her Community Leadership, Ms. Barrett was inducted into the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing in 2004 and was awarded the prestigious International Pillar of Leadership Award at the 2005 International Biennial Convention. Among numerous other professional memberships include charter membership in the Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is currently a member of the American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and was elected to Fellow Status (FAHA) in 1986. She holds membership in the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for LHA Education and Research Foundation. Since 2005, she’s held legislative appointment to the Louisiana Healthcare Commission as LHA representative. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and became a Fellow (FACHE) in the College in 2010. She currently serves as Vice President of this Board.
Coletta Barrett’s numerous professional and community awards have been well earned through endeavors both local and national. Additional validations of achievement and leadership include the YWCA Woman of Achievement in a Specialized Category (2002), the Southeastern Louisiana University Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and also the University’s Alumnus of the Year in 2004. She was named an Influential Woman of Business by the Baton Rouge Business Report in 2009. She participated in the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and in 2010, she received the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Community Volunteer Award. LINKS, Inc: named her a Louisiana Role Model in 2014 and last Fall, she received the Franciscan Community Impact Award from Our Lady of the Lake College. She has additionally served as a member of the Board of Directors, and often chair, for numerous organizations.
Coletta has demonstrated a lifelong contribution to nursing practice, education, administration, research, economics and literature. She began employment as an RN at Baton Rouge General Hospital in the Critical Care Unit in June, 1977. Later, as a Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist, she established a cardiovascular patient teaching program, became a Director, and launched a cardiac rehabilitation program. She next became Team Leader of Continuity of Care and then Vice President of the Acute Care Division, followed by Vice President, Care Management Division and then became Vice President of Administration and directly reported to the CEO with responsibility for administrative functions and operations for both the 343-bed Acute Care inner city Medical Center AND a 103 bed suburban ambulatory/acute care facility. Her tenure with the General Health System in Baton Rouge spanned twenty-four years of progressive and varied responsibility and achievement.
Coletta served as Vice President of Resource Development and Member Services with the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) and Executive in charge for their Research & Education Foundation from 2002 to 2005. She was responsible for Hospital Emergency & Bioterrorism Preparedness, Planning and Response. Since 2005, Coletta has served as Vice President of Mission at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. – A tertiary regional academic medical center with 842 licensed beds. Coletta Barrett has become THE face in actively carrying out the Medical Center’s mission in community service efforts in the Baton Rouge area. She is specifically responsible for Ethics and Mission Formation, Pastoral Care, Palliative Medicine Program, Parish Nursing, Administrative Fellowship & Residency Program, Health Centers in Schools, Community Advocacy, and Mission Services. Each of these areas directly impacts persons in varying levels of need across the spectrum of age and continuum of care in the Baton Rouge area. Her leadership is not only administrative, for it has always had a personal impact on patients, colleagues and the public. She has established the Palliative Medicine Service Program, implemented the Five Wishes Program. In 2010, she participated in passage of LaPOST legislation - The Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment.
In terms of enduring achievement, having value beyond the nominee’s lifetime, Coletta Barrett’s entire nursing career spanning more than 35 years has been practiced in Louisiana, but her contributions have extended far beyond the state and to the national level. Her sustainable work includes national projects with the American Heart Association (AHA). Her initial national project was writing the first Patient Education program in 1992-1994 with Nancy Houston Miller: Answers by Heart. She later served as the National Chairman of the Board for the AHA in 2003-2004 and is the first Registered Nurse to ever hold the office of Chief Volunteer Officer for the AHA. One of the most significant accomplishments during her tenure as AHA Board Chair was that of launching the Go Red for Women movement in 2004 that continues nationally today. These initiatives have saved countless women’s lives through heightened awareness of the unique aspects of heart disease in women. Ms. Barrett received an AHA National Award of Meritorious Achievement in 1999 and the National Leadership Award at the 2004 National Volunteer Leadership Conference. She served on the National Board of Directors and the Administrative Cabinet of the AHA for 8 years. In 2009, she received the Gold Heart Award. In 2013, she received the Award of Meritorious Achievement for continued service to the mission of AHA as National Chair of the Corporate Relations Committee. Coletta’s Louisiana Achievements include activities with the Louisiana AHA affiliate as Chairman of the Board of Directors (1994-1995) and Vice President (1990-1994). She chaired several committees at the state level and became a recipient of the Silver Torch Award in 1990. She was appointed by Governor Foster to the statewide Trauma Task Force (2002-2004). As hospital lead for ESF-8 response, she facilitated the evacuation of over 26,000 patients and family members from hospitals statewide after Hurricane Katrina. She became co-chair of a legislative team to pass enabling legislation to create the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN). Governor Blanco appointed her to the LERN Board of Directors in 2006. Charged with creating a statewide Trauma System directly affecting the lives of thousands in Louisiana, she served as the Chair of the LERN Board for 6 years (2006-2012) and collaborated with Dr. Lester Wayne Johnson as lead in passing LERN enabling legislation to create and then fund a Statewide Trauma and Time Sensitive Illness System Network. One year ago, during the 2014 Louisiana legislative session, Ms. Barrett was an organizer for the Go Red legislative lobby day at the Louisiana State Capitol promoting a House Bill that was passed and signed into law requiring that ALL Louisiana public high school students receive hands-on CPR training at school before graduation. In terms of Local/Baton Rouge Achievements, at the request of Mayor Kip Holden, Coletta developed a Healthy City Initiatives Task Force charged with efforts to make Baton Rouge a healthier place in which to live and work. The Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative (MHCI) began in 2007 and Coletta currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for this important initiative (2008-present).Charged with improving the city’s outcome measures for health, she secured a $1.2 million grant for MedLineBR, a 24/7 nurse triage, tele-health, call center program providing access to care for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Baton Rouge. She has worked to establish the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative as a 501-C3 non-profit organization for continuity, and promoted a platform for prevention of childhood obesity. Project Fit has been implemented in 4 local schools. Ms. Barrett worked to secure $365,000 to launch the City Key website for data management/community engagement in 2014. She facilitated a planning process that resulted in securing a $2 million, 3 year grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to fund a multi-organizational approach to addressing health disparities in high risk zip codes in North Baton Rouge. The Initiative is also collaborating with the Baton Rouge Recreation Commission (BREC), adding BREC on the Geaux to two schools to increase childhood physical activity. The Food Access Policy Council recommendations include Capital Area Transit System bus lines to grocery stores and Fresh Beginnings for sustainable programming for mobile farmer’s markets in the “food deserts” of underserved communities, along with the Healthy Corner Store initiatives to support access to healthy and fresh foods long after the grant has ended. In terms of local activities with direct impact,
Coletta published two articles on disaster planning in the journal, Health Progress as a means for sharing knowledge gained from her personal experiences during and after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav.
In conclusion, these examples for each of the Hall of Fame Award criteria serve as an overview of the stellar accomplishments of Coletta Barrett in contributing to Nursing. Her services have included the Baton Rouge Community, the state of Louisiana, and initiatives in contributing to improvement of health care at the national level. She is well qualified for the Hall of Fame Award because of her innovations and consistent ability to not only provide and direct care in many areas, but especially to inspire, challenge and enable others to extend their roles – ensuring that nursing care is extended beyond that of one individual at this time, and thereby impacting our larger community for the future!
- Ginger HuntGinger Hunt
Ginger Hunt has been practicing nursing for fifty-two years. She received her BSN from Northwestern, her MS in mental health nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and Family Nurse Practitioner from Mississippi University for Women. Her career has involved working in the Baton Rouge area as a staff nurse, educator, clinician and administrator. Mrs. Hunt has demonstrated leadership throughout her nursing career as reflected in her past recognition:
- Nursing Excellence in Practice, Louisiana State Nurses Association
- Angel Award Finalist, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation
- Entrepreneur of the Year, Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Excellence in Non-Profit Award, Baton Rouge Area Foundation Awards
- Nightingale Award for Organization of the Year in 2013
- She is currently the President of the La. Primary Care Association.
Mrs. Hunt has worked diligently over the past 15 years to achieve her dream of providing rural healthcare, a desire identified in 1978 while attending graduate school. Her vision was to provide affordable quality health care to the residents of rural, underserved East Feliciana Parish, where she was born and resided for the major portion of her life. With that goal in mind, she returned to school in 1990 to continue her education in a doctoral program, however, her focus shifted to clinical practice and she became a Nurse Practitioner in 1994. She spent five years working as a FNP in a physician led practice group. Dissatisfied with management practices she began pursuing opportunities to establish her own clinic. In 1999, the town Doctor in Clinton retired. Mrs. Hunt and a fellow Nurse Practitioner took personal loans to setup practice in the physician’s 800 sq. foot clinic. She then established Primary Care Providers for a Healthy Feliciana, a non-profit corporation, and has served as the CEO since inception.
Today, the original site is now over 30,000 sq. ft. and provides primary care, dental services, and behavioral health care. PCP currently operates eight clinics, four primary care and 4 school-based clinics, across four parishes - East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Livingston and Tangipahoa. There are dental services at three locations. In addition, there are 22 social workers providing behavioral health services at these sites and additional school locations. There were nearly 12,000 clients served and 72,000 visits last fiscal year. There is a total of 148 staff and an annual operating budget of ten million dollars. Further expansion is underway.
Nurse practitioners manage all of these clinics. There were many hurdles to overcome in establishing this model of care, especially the resistance of the medical community. It has been the innovative leadership of Mrs. Hunt that has recognized the contributions of professional nursing to the delivery of quality health care. Today, health care is provided by 20 APRNs at PCP sites. It has been difficult to recruit APRNs to travel to the rural areas in which the clinics are located. Despite the challenge, this has been achieved and sustained. PCP provides clinical practice to students enrolled in numerous nurse practitioner programs; over 150 APRN students have rotated through the clinics over the last ten years.
The quality of service delivery is recognized by local government, community organizations, clients served and accrediting organizations. PCP is accredited as a Primary Medical Care Home through the Joint Commission, received the highest level of recognition by the National Council of Quality Assurance and receives consistently high ratings on consumer satisfaction surveys. This illustrates Ginger’s dedication and commitment to making quality healthcare services available to the underserved.
Mrs. Hunt’s contributions are validated by the thirteen (13) member Board of Directors comprised of community representatives from a four Parish service area that meet on a monthly basis to oversee the operation of PCP. They state that they have directly witnessed the expansion of services, experienced the quality of care, heard and seen the accolades from the consumers of care. They have firsthand knowledge of Mrs. Hunt’s involvement in these accomplishments. She is the visionary for our inception, our current prosperity and our future direction. She is the guiding force behind the extraordinary success of the organization. Furthermore, Mrs. Hunt’s tenacity, commitment, knowledge and assertiveness overcame the many obstacles encountered along the way and achieved the funding and resources necessary for our growth and expansion. It is her dedication, compassion, integrity, high standards and faith that have accomplished our mission of making quality care accessible to the underserved. Mrs. Hunt’s efforts have provided for the betterment of our community and the residents.
Her work will have a long lasting impact on the healthcare of our citizens. Her principles of service will have an enduring effect on the management of this organization beyond her future retirement. We, as a Board and consumers of healthcare, recognize her contribution. We believe that her accomplishments deserve recognition by the profession that she represents and loves.
LSNA concurs with the extraordinary accomplishments and inducts Ginger Hunt into the Nursing Hall of Fame.
- Dr. Jacqueline J. HillDr. Jacqueline J. Hill
Dr. Jacqueline J. Hill
Dr. Jacqueline J. Hill has dedicated 27 years of her life to the profession of nursing. Her academic qualifications began to accumulate in 1986 when she received her undergraduate BSN degree from Southern University and A&M College. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus in Family Nursing from Southern University in 1993, and in 2004, she received her PhD from LSU in the areas of Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling. Dr. Hill, who received the prestigious Faculty Award from Southern University, transitioned from her faculty role, to course coordinator to level coordinator and then to Chair of the BSN Program. Dr. Hill was officially named Chair of Southern University School of Nursing in 2008. This fulfilled a part of her potential recognized with her receiving the first “Dean’s Award” in her senior year in 1988, which recognizes those students who show the most promise in leadership. This leadership quality was also recognized by the 2009 Nightingale Award for District Officer of the Year, the 2010 LSNA Nightingale Administrator of the Year Award, and Volunteer of the Year Award. One CEO congratulated her, noting “you are a great nurse leader and always produce great results.” These great results are reflected in many areas. Her charge to bring the Nursing Honor Society for Southern University and A&M College into full fruition resulted in Tau Pi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International. She was the first Vice-President of the Tau Pi Chapter. She also spearheaded the 2010 and 2012 Nightingale School of the Year Award. Dr. Hill served as President of the LSNA Baton Rouge District and later became the President of LSNA, which was founded in 1904. Dr. Hill was also a participant in the Leadership Institute II: Center for Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities National Strategy. She has just finished now her tenure as President of the Louisiana State Nurses’ Association and is currently Chair of the Administrative Committee of LSNA. She has obtained over a million dollars in grant monies for her university from Title III.
Dr. Hill’s caring ways resulted receiving the “Legacy of Caring Award” in 2006 along with noted Caring Theorist and Nurse Scholar Dr. Jean Watson. Dr. Hill is a strong advocate for the vulnerable with a focus on rehabilitation. Dr. Hill’s scholarship includes many articles and presentations locally, state-wide and nationally related to her dissertation work. More specifically, Dr. Hill’s Doctoral Dissertation topic at LSU focused on mentoring. Her doctoral work has become a benchmark of scholarship that has had a remarkable impact on the profession of nursing today in the academic, clinical and research arenas. Today, as Chair of the Southern University School of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Program, Dr. Hill has been entrusted, along with the Dean and other administrators and faculty, to look after hundreds of undergraduate and graduate nursing students at Southern University School of Nursing, with the result of better care for the citizens of Louisiana in those areas to which they migrate. As an excellent Chair, she is clear about ground rules and boundaries, which have resulted in good communication, a mentor-mentee program, and safe outcomes. Dr. Hill’s mentoring legacy can be seen in her positive influence as an educator and leader on hundreds of nursing students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as colleagues and community leaders that she has influenced through her organization and volunteer work. Her exemplary compassion, professionalism and mentoring have inspired others to have the courage to lead and make a difference in the world. She has made an impact on the quality of care given to patients in Louisiana as well as other states. The Louisiana Association of Nursing Students have made her an honorary board member. As many students write, and as many of her proteges share, “We Love you; Keep Up the Amazing work.”
In summary, this 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee’s integrity, caring, diligence, and keen intelligence---all values nurtured by her parents, who stressed the importance of the Golden Rule ---have improved and impacted health education, research, and care for citizens of Louisiana.
Hall of Fame 2016
- PK. ScheerlePK. Scheerle
PK’s journey in nursing began when she graduated from Castleton University School of Nursing in Vermont, where she served as president of her class. Upon graduating, she left the Northeast and stopped in New Orleans, Louisiana to see her birthplace, Charity Hospital. She never left.
PK began her career in 1980 at Staff Builders, a nurse-staffing agency. She saw first hand the need to staff not just ‘quantity’ but ‘quality. In 1982, just 2 years out of nursing school, PK founded her own company American Nursing Services, a supplemental nurse staffing agency and Medicare Certified home health company that emphasized quality nursing services. Under her direction, the company grew from five employees to 2,400 with locations in nine states. A RN with a clinical background in pediatric intensive care, she is a self-made entrepreneur who saw a need in healthcare to keep experienced and talented clinicians at the bedside.
P.K currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Gifted Healthcare. Under PK’s leadership Gifted Healthcare has grown dramatically, operating through regional offices in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma and nationally through its travel nurse division. As an experienced CEO, PK has repeatedly created winning teams adding value and innovation to health care delivery. Her contributions extend the health care continuum from acute care to the home. Her corporations have provided experienced critical care nurse staffing in areas of need, particularly rural hospital services, disease management, case management, nurse navigators and private duty care to countless citizens.
A graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Program, PK has distinguished herself in both the business and nursing community. She is a nationally recognized expert and speaker.
PK has demonstrated a career long dedication to the profession of nursing and advocated for high standards of patient care. She has and continues to serve on numerous for profit and not-for-profit boards. For her dedication and service, she has been many awards for contributions to the community and the nursing profession. .. A few of these include Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Southeast Chapter of the American Red Cross, induction into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Boggs-Bourge Woman of Distinction Award and the New Orleans City Business Woman of the Year Award for 3 consecutive years, Sigma Theta Tau, Virginia Henderson Fellow, Spirit of Philanthropy Award and St Elizabeth Guild, 2014 Activist Award.
Perhaps her most enduring and endearing accomplishment is through the Great 100 celebrations that started in New Orleans and has grown to Texas, North Carolina and Oklahoma directly through her efforts and to several other states through her sharing of the model. This program has touched the lives of thousands of nurses and their families over the years. The nurse who are recognized through these events are truly honored to be selected and often inspired and encouraged to further greatness in their nursing journey. In addition, PK founded the Great 100 Foundation. The funds raised through Great 100 events are used not only to honor the Nurses but to also support nursing advocacy, nursing scholarships, research for the betterment of lives, publication of nursing discoveries and the implementation of those discoveries.
- Terri SterlingTerri Sterling
Terrie Sterling’s successful career began over three decades ago when she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1985 from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana. Subsequent to that, she received her Masters of Business Administration through the MBA program at LSU. Understanding that to lead the state’s largest Acute Care Hospital as the Chief Nursing Officer and support her goal of lifelong learning, Ms. Sterling pursued an additional graduate degree at Loyola University in New Orleans where she received a Masters of Nursing Science in 2006. Her drive and passion for serving those most in need led her to assume progressive positions in nursing leadership. In her leadership roles at OLOL, Terrie brought professional practice to the forefront. As a Nurse Manager, Divisional Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing and as the Vice President of Patient Care Services, she creatively built relationships, networked with colleagues from across the country and worked tirelessly to make a significant impact on the nursing profession and the patients served. She now has over 30 years of significant practice as a registered nurse – from the bedside to the boardroom bringing innovation in patient care service along the way. For example, she was responsible for the implementation/strategy for an enterprise-wide computerized medical record, and she played an active role in the medical center’s achievement of HMISS Level 6, a national recognition for Information Technology Transformation. Presently, Ms. Sterling serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
As a visionary, strategic leader Ms. Sterling was concerned about the shortage of nurses and having an adequately prepared nursing workforce. To encourage young women to seek a career in nursing, she developed a clinical graduate nurse partnership program. A stipend program was developed so that presently employed nurses could continue their education to obtain a BSN and/or MSN. Mrs. Sterling, a great supporter of nursing education, understood an area of risk was having enough nursing faculty for the schools of nursing. She encouraged the nurses at OLOLRMC to obtain their MSN and seek employment in a joint appointment as a clinical instructor at OLOL College.
Her commitment to the community is evident through her involvement in numerous community organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, LINKS, Inc, City Year an education-focused organization dedicated to helping students and schools succeed, and the United Way to name a few. Terrie currently serves as the Board Chairperson for the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch. Through this position, she has the opportunity to influence policy on a national level and further her own commitment to impact workforce development. Her commitment to the Affiliate Board of the American Heart Association is reflected in her 10 years of serving and willingness to chair the Go Red for Women and the Capital Area Heart Walk. Just a few of Terrie Sterling’s numerous professional and community recognition and awards are: Top Forty under 40, Business Report Top Woman in Business, Editor and the LINKS International, Inc Community Spirit Award.
- Sandra Chaisson BrownSandra Chaisson Brown
Sandra Chaisson Brown
Dr. Sandra Brown’s journey in nursing began when she obtained her BSN from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, School of Nursing in Lafayette. She later obtained a Master of Nursing degree in Adult Health and Illness, Cardiovascular Nursing, in 1985 from Louisiana State University Medical Center (LSUMC) in New Orleans. Having always aspired to obtain a terminal degree in nursing, she received a Doctor of Nursing Science degree in 1994 from LSUMC where she was the first minority to graduate with a Doctorate in Nursing Science from this institution. Since her initial employment at the Southern University School of Nursing in 1995, Dr. Brown received a Post-Doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Fellowship at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and obtained a FNP Certificate in 1998 and a second Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in 2000. She became credentialed through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a board certified FNP and obtained prescriptive authority through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. One of her most memorable experiences was her role in the School of Nursing Renaissance Project where she provided primary care services to over 500 displaced families from Hurricane Katrina residing in FEMA trailers.
A skilled clinician, educator, and researcher, Dr. Brown has presented her research at state-wide, national and international conferences. She has authored numerous manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials. In addition to being a prolific author, Dr. Brown has written numerous grants totaling over $800,000 that have resulted in nurse practitioner and professional nurse traineeships providing financial assistance to students pursuing advanced practice nursing roles. Dr. Brown currently serves as an Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Health Professionals National Health Service Corp. As a testament to her life-long commitment to excellence and outstanding contributions to nursing education Dr. Brown was bestowed “Fellow” status through the National League for Nursing’s’ Academy of Nursing Education. She has served on a number of the community-based organizations, for example HOPE ministries. In addition to many other esteemed awards and recognitions, Dr Brown was most recently designated as one of the 2014 eight great “Louisianans of the Year” and was featured in the Louisiana Life Magazine.
Dr. Brown considers one of her greatest accomplishments as the key role that she has played in expanding the current and future FNP workforce in Louisiana, while improving the health of Louisiana citizens. Dr. Brown has been instrumental in educating and graduating over 400 FNP students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Thereby, Dr. Brown has played a critical role in producing the largest number of minority FNPs in the nation, the majority of whom are currently practicing in the state of Louisiana; including urban, rural, and medically underserved areas.