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Awards

LSUHSC BalloonsThe Allen Copping Excellence in Teaching Award
Presented every May Graduation to Full-Time faculty member who is teaching at SON full time. Dean appoints a selection committee every year to nominate faculty for this award. Administrators, Department Heads and Coordinators are ineligible to receive award. May Graduation Only - Name given to Chancellors office for plaque and check

Valedictorian (December and May)
Presented to a baccalaureate graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average at Fall and Spring conferral of degrees. GPA is to be determined by Assistant Dean of Student Services. December and May conferral of degrees ceremony.

Salutatorian (December and May)
The Salutatorian is the baccalaureate nursing student with the second highest cumulative grade point average as an undergraduate nursing student. December and May conferral of degrees ceremony.

Highest Academic Honors CARE Program
The CARE program, known as the CAREER Alternative RN Education is an accelerated second degree program for nursing students with a previously earned baccalaureate degree. The graduating CARE student with the highest LSU System cumulative grade point average in all courses will receive the Highest Academic Honors Award. GPA to be determined by Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Given in Spring at conferral of degrees.

Academic Recognition CARE Program
The graduating CARE student with the second highest LSU System cumulative grade point average in all courses taken, will receive the Academic Recognition Award. GPA to be determined by Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Given in Spring at conferral of degrees.

The Chancellor's Award
Presented annually at Commencement to a graduating baccalaureate nursing student who has demonstrated scholastic and leadership ability and exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to professional nursing. May Graduation only

  1. Minimum of 3.2 overall academic GPA
  2. Participation and leadership clearly demonstrated throughout the nursing program as evidenced by class, community and social activities.
  3. Exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to professional nursing
Faculty Nominations

The Dean's Award
Presented annually to a graduating baccalaureate nursing student who has demonstrated scholastic and leadership ability and exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to professional nursing. December Graduation only
Criteria:

  1. Minimum of 3.2 overall academic GPA
  2. Participation and leadership clearly demonstrated throughout the nursing program as evidenced by class, community and social activities.
  3. Exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to professional nursing
Undergraduate Faculty submit nominations and Dean selects recipient

LSUHSC School of Nursing Alumni Association Recognition of Class Spirit Award
Presented at Fall Conferral of Degrees and Spring Commencement to a baccalaureate graduating student whose efforts and ability to carry through were always in the best interest of the class, and whose specific performance demonstrated accountability, maturity and peer support. May and December Graduation - Students submit nominations and vote to select recipient

The Elsevier Sciences, Inc. Faculty Recognition Award
Presented to both an undergraduate and graduate student on the basis of leadership ability and visibility in the school. May and December Graduation
Criteria:

  1. High visibility among faculty, staff and students
  2. Leadership in the School of Nursing
Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty submit nominations and vote to select recipient

Sigma Theta Tau Distinguished Graduate Award
Presented by Epsilon Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing at Fall conferral of degrees and Spring commencement to a baccalaureate graduating student and to a qualified graduate student. The recipient is a member of the Epsilon Nu Chapter who demonstrates creativity and enthusiasm in nursing research, demonstrates commitment to the ideals of the nursing profession, and participates in extra curricular activities. May and December graduation - Sigma members vote on awards

Dolores H. Scheerle Memorial Entrepreneurial Award
Presented to both an undergraduate and graduate student who evidences leadership qualities necessary of an entrepreneur, is innovative in the approach to nursing, and is cognizant of trends and issues relevant to the nursing profession. It is presented at each Spring Commencement and Fall Conferral of Degrees. May, December, August Graduation
Criteria:

  1. Leadership qualities necessary of an entrepreneur
  2. Ability to initiate new idea
  3. Innovative in approach to nursing
  4. Cognizant of trends and issues relevant to the nursing profession
Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty submit nominations and vote to select recipient

Jo Ellen Smith Memorial Award
Presented at Spring Conferral of Degrees and Fall Commencement to a baccalaureate graduating student who is recognized as humanitarian, has given service above and beyond what is required by the School, demonstrated concern for and has provided actual service to others. May and December Graduation Undergraduate faculty select and vote on recipient

Patricia A. Losee Memorial Award
Presented at May Commencement to a baccalaureate graduating student who demonstrates professionalism, conscientiousness, compassion, and a commitment to nursing. A family member presents this award. Undergraduate faculty selects and votes on - May Graduation only

F.A. Davis Award for Writing Excellence
Presented to a graduating graduate student with exceptional writing style and skill. Award is given at Fall Conferral of Degrees and Spring Commencement. Graduate faculty nominate and select the award recipient - May and December Graduation

Outstanding Nursing Caring Award
Presented at Conferral of Degrees and Commencement to a graduate who encompasses the guiding principles of respect, integrity, professionalism, caring, excellence, and diversity, which are evident in all personal and professional behaviors. Faculty select recipients. May and December Graduation Undergraduate and Graduate

Outstanding Nursing Faculty Caring Award
The Nursing Faculty Caring Award was established to acknowledge the contribution of a faculty member who has gone above and beyond clinical expectations in working with patients and nursing students. The faculty exemplifies the Spirit of Caring in their interaction with fellow faculty, patients, and students. Recipients are nominated by faculty and students

Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation Outstanding RN Community Award
Presented at Summer Conferral of Degrees to an RN to BSN graduating student who evidences achievement in Community Health Nursing, concern for humanity and involvement in professional and community organizations. Summer Only - Undergraduate Nursing faculty select and vote

Student Nurses Association Outstanding Graduate Award
Presented to a baccalaureate graduating student at Fall Conferral of Degrees and Spring Commencement whose outstanding accomplishments are demonstrated by leadership and participation in the nursing profession, curriculum and school. SNA graduating seniors self-nominate by submitting an essay – SNA Executive Board selects recipient

Student Government Association Outstanding Graduate Award
Presented to a baccalaureate graduating student at Fall Conferral of Degrees and Spring Commencement who meets selected academic standards, participates in community and school activities throughout the nursing curriculum, and exhibits motivation for his/her personal professional growth. Recipient selected by SGA Executive Board

New Orleans District Nurses Association Student Leadership Award
Presented to an undergraduate at Fall Conferral of Degrees and May Commencement who demonstrates academic achievement; member of the Student Nurses’ Association; outstanding leadership ability in professional and community service. NODNA faculty members select and vote on recipient Award given if funds are available.

Joyce Travelbee Award
Presented to a graduate candidate at the December Conferral of Degrees based on academic achievement and excellence in nursing practice evidenced through the application of a nursing framework-based practice, demonstrated evidence of a philosophy of nursing and good interpersonal skills. Nominated by Graduate Faculty

The Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Henry Marque Fund Nursing Award – Timothy Gibbons presenting
John A. Marque bestowed the Greater New Orleans Foundation with the largest gift in its history to establish the Theresa Bittenbring and John Henry Marque Fund Nursing Award. The Theresa Bittenbring and John Henry Marque fund was designed to exist in perpetuity, specifying annual gifts in the form of monetary nursing awards.

LSUHSC School of Nursing is proud to be a recipient of 10 of these annual awards. The award will be presented to five Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing students and five CARE Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. Certificates will be presented by Mr. Timothy Gibbons the Marque Fund Advisor. The Assistant Dean of Student Services will calculate the grades to determine the highest GPA in nursing courses. May Graduation only

CRNA Awards given every May to CRNA graduate students
Selected by CRNA faculty (Dr. Bonanno)

Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANA) Outstanding Student Award
This award is presented at Fall Conferral of Degrees and Spring Commencement and recognizes a nurse anesthesia graduate demonstrates outstanding performance in academics, clinical ability, and leadership skills.

Nurse Anesthesia Outstanding Graduate Award
Each Spring this award recognizes the graduate’s contributions to the scholarly body of knowledge in nurse anesthesia, excellence in clinicl and leadership abilities, and the potential for continued service to the citizens of Louisiana.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Clinical Excellence Award
This award is given each spring to recognize a graduate’s excellence in clinical performance and the potential for continued service to the citizens of Louisiana.

The Nurse Anesthesia Program Directors Award
This award recognizes a nurse anesthesia graduate with an outstanding performance in academics and the potential for leadership in the fied of nurse anesthesia education. The award is presented at Fall conferral of degrees and Spring commencement.

Alice Hicks CRNA Memorial Award
Alice M. Hicks CRNA, Memorial Award-The Alice M. Hicks, CRNA, Memorial Award recognizes the graduate demonstrating the most promise to promote and support anesthesia needs in the rural community. Alice M. Hicks spent the majority of her career, over 30 years, providing nurse anesthesia care in the rural community. The award is provided by her children and dedicated to her memory.

Reverend Dr. James A. Ertl Clinical Excellence Award
Presented at commencement to an Outstanding Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate who has exhibited clinical excellence, commitment to provision of care to minority and/or underserved population, promoted client’s health, provided support to client’s family and/or significant other, integrated spiritual care into primary care services and exhibits the core values of the school of Nursing. Nominated by FNP faculty

Reverend Dr. James A. Ertl Executive Nurse Leader Award
Presented at commencement to an Outstanding Nurse Administration/Executive Nurse Leader graduate who has demonstrated leadership excellence, academic excellence. Demonstrated leadership excellence in the health care system that extend into or impacts the general wellbeing of the community and exhibits the core values of the school of Nursing. Nominated by Nurse Administration Faculty