Southern University School of Nursing named Nursing School of the year for graduate program

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Congratulations are in order for the Southern University School of Nursing for being named as the 2021 “Nursing School of the year, Graduate Degree program” by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.

The honor was presented to the school during the annual Nightingale Awards Gala on Oct. 22. This year because of COVID-19, the gala was held virtually.

“Receiving this award amid a global pandemic makes it extra special,” said Sandra Brown, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Southern. “It illuminates the talents, the commitment, and the sacrifices that our faculty and staff make to provide a quality education for our students.”

The award recognizes a school of nursing offering formal education for registered nurses seeking a graduate degree for advanced clinical practice roles as well as nursing administration, nursing education and research.

The School of Nursing is the largest producer of Black MSN graduates, accounting for nearly three-fourths of all Black family nurse practitioners residing in the state of Louisiana, thereby fulfilling a significant role in building a diverse nursing workforce that is representative of the population of care. Of the 328 accredited MSN (FNP) programs nationwide, the School of Nursing was selected as one of the two best value programs in the state of Louisiana for 2019-2020. Programs were selected based on their affordability, quality, and value.

The graduate nursing program expanded in 2012 to fulfill its promise to build a stronger and more diverse advanced practiced registered nurse (APRN) workforce in Louisiana and has produced 30 DNP graduates since its inception. This practice-focused doctoral nursing program is designed for nurses seeking careers in advanced clinical nursing practice at the nurse executive leadership rank.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program, a research-oriented doctorate, focuses on global issues and public policy associated with the health of vulnerable women and children. The program prepares nurse scientists whose research trajectories expand the substantive knowledge base that informs nursing education, practice and research. Since its establishment in 2001, the Ph.D. program has produced 45 graduates.  

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