Milestones and History

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1929
  • Formal nursing education began in Louisiana State University (LSU) System on the Baton Rouge campus.
1931
  • Inaugural nursing courses taught at Charity Hospital on supervision, ward management, ward instruction and general education courses.
1933
  • LSU System approved Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education (BSN Ed.) under the General Extension Division within Teachers’ College of LSU, Baton Rouge.
1935
  • First BSN Ed. Degree conferred.
1937
  • Department of Nursing transferred to School of Medicine in New Orleans. A five (5) year educational program was instituted with two (2) years college course work prior to three (3) years of diploma education  and training at Charity Hospital.
  • Sister Henrietta Guyott, MS appointed Department Head of Nursing.

1949
  • Sister Henrietta Guyot, MS served as Head of Department of Nursing academic program and Nursing Service Department of Charity Hospital.
  • Sister Guyot was relieved of the Nursing Service Department responsibilities in 1949 and relieved of Charity Hospital School of Nursing responsibilities in 1951.

1952
  • Admission to the LSU and Charity Hospital 5 year educational program discontinued.
1955
  • Initial membership in National League for Nursing (NLN).
  • Louisiana State Board of Nurse Examiners grants initial accreditation to the Program in Basic Nursing.
  • Two new curriculums awarding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a 4 year degree for high school  
    graduates and a 5 semester Specialized RN program leading to a BSN degree were initiated for nurses  who were already licensed as a RN.
1958
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education (BSN Ed.) degree was discontinued.
1959
  • Louisiana State Board of Nurse Examiners provides full approval of nursing educational programs.
1962
  • NLN onsite accreditation visit occurred resulting in the initial full accreditation of the basic nursing program.
1965
  • Sister Henrietta Guyot retires as Head of the Department of Nursing.
  • Veronica Majchrzak, MS in Nursing Education appointed as Acting Head of the Department of Nursing until 1969.
1967
  • The separate 5 semester program for licensed RNs leading to a BSN discontinued.
1968
  • LSU Board of Supervisors accorded the School of Nursing status as an autonomous school with the name of School of Nursing of the Medical Center.
  • The School of Nursing relocated from the School of Medicine on Tulane Avenue to Florida Avenue in the former WWII Navy Barracks.

1969
  • Geraldine F. Hofmann, MS appointed Acting Dean of the School of Nursing.
1970
  • June Anita Hannon, MA appointed Dean of the School of Nursing.
1972
  • Master of Nursing degree (MN) approved.
1973
  • Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree approved by LSU Board of Supervisors. Louisiana State Board of Nurse Examiners granted approval of ASN degree program.
1975
  • First Associate of Science in Nursing degree conferred. First Master of Nursing degree conferred.
  • Continuing Nursing Education department initiated.
1976
  • June Hannon retires as Dean of the School of Nursing.
  • Helen A. Dunn, DrPH appointed Dean of the School of Nursing.
1977
  • Master of Nursing degree granted initial NLN accreditation.
1978
  • School of Nursing relocated to 420 Prieur Street.
1980
  • Nursing Continuing Education Program receives initial accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
1984
  • School of Nursing relocated to 1900 Gravier Street.
1985
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) degree approved and initiated.
1988
  • First Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) degree conferred.
1992
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration initiated.
1993
  • Sister Henrietta Guyot Professorship in Nursing established.
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner concentration initiated.
1996
  • Helen A. Dunn retires as Dean of the School of Nursing.
  • St. Charles General Hospital Auxiliary Endowed Professorship in Nursing established.
  • James B. and Helen Dunn Professorship in Nursing established.
1997
  • Elizabeth A. Humphrey, EdD appointed Dean of the School of Nursing.
1998
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted initial accreditation to BSN and MN degrees.
  • P. K. Scheerle, RN Professorship in Nursing established.
2000
  • Associate of Science in Nursing degree discontinued.
  • RN to BSN formal program of study initiated.
2001
  • Master of Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia degree initiated.
2003
  • Tenet Health System/Jo Ellen Smith, BSN, Endowed Chair for Nursing Research established.
2005
  • First Master of Nursing with specialization in Nurse Anesthesia degree conferred.
  • School of Nursing temporarily relocated to Baton Rouge at the LSU Systems Office, then to Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina.
2006
  • Graduate classes (MN & DNS) returned to New Orleans in January;
  • Undergraduate classes returned to New Orleans in the summer.
2007
  • Elizabeth A. Humphrey retires as Dean of the School of Nursing.
  • Demetrius J. Porche, DNS appointed as Dean of the School of Nursing.
  • Tucker H. Couvillon III Professorship established for nursing research in Parkinson’s Disease
2008
  • Yvonne Sterling, PhD appointed as St. Charles General Hospital Auxiliary Professor of Nursing.
  • Gloria Giarrantano, PhD appointed PK Scheerle Professor of Nursing.
  • Leslie Pejic, PhD appointed Sister Henrietta Guyot Professor of Nursing.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialty in Nursing Education approved and first graduate students enrolled.
2009
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) awarded 10 years of accreditation to the School of Nursing.
  • First Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Education degree conferred.
  • RN Refresher Program approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
2010
  • LSUHSC School of Nursing celebrates over 75 years of educating nurses at the 75th Anniversary Gala.
2011
  • The Louisiana Center for Promotion of Optimal Health Outcomes: A Joanna Briggs Institute Center of Excellence established as an affiliate Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree approved.
  • Walgreens Take Care Clinic Partnership established.
  • American Nurse Credentialing Center – Commission on Accreditation approves four year accreditation as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education
2012
  • LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing/LSU Healthcare Network opened nurse managed clinics at Village de Jardin and Terraces on Tulane.
  • Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) 26th Annual conference “Nurse Scientists as Crucial Partners to Health Delivery” hosted by LSUHSC School of Nursing at the New Orleans Hilton
  • National Student Nurses Association recognizes the Student Nurses Association of LSUHSC–SON as a Stellar School Chapter
  • Epsilon Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society celebrates 30 year Anniversary at the Annual induction Ceremony.
  • Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs approved the post-masters DNP Nurse Anesthesia concentration and the BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia concentration.
  • First cohort of post-master’s DNP students enrolled.
2013
  • Louisiana State Nurses Association recognizes the School of Nursing as the Nightingale School of the Year for “Entry into Practice.”
  • 80th Anniversary celebrated at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
  • First Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice students Graduate in December.
  • First cohort of BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia students enrolled.
2014
  • First cohorts of BSN to DNP students in the primary care family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, adult/gerontology clinical nurse specialist, executive nurse leader, and public/community health role and population focus areas are enrolled.
  • The LSU Health New Orleans Interprofessional Care Management Program was awarded one of six Association of American Medical Colleges 2013 Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Awards.
  • The LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing/LSU Healthcare Network opened a nurse managed primary care clinic for employee health at the LSU Health New Orleans downtown campus.
2015
  • The first cohort of the CPRIDE Faculty Mentorship Program began.
  • Academic undergraduate honors program entitled Mentoring Undergraduate Students for Excellence in Scholarship (MUSES) was initiated.
  • The School of Nursing, in partnership with the School of Dentistry, opened the Dental and Medical Primary Care Clinic at the School of Dentistry.
  • School of Nursing designated as an NLN Center of Excellence for 2015-2019 in recognition of sustained efforts to “Create Environments that Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.”
  • School of Nursing presented with a Childhood and Family Learning Foundation Whole Child Champion Award.
  • Recognized as the Nursing School of the Year for Entry into Practice by the Louisiana State Nurses Association.
  • Alumni Association hosts the First Annual Mudbug March to Stomp Out Pulmonary Hypertension.
2016
  • School of Nursing recognized as the Nursing School of the Year for Graduate Degree Programs by the Louisiana State Nurses Association.
  • New MSN program, Clinical Nurse Leader, is initiated.
  • Last class of Master of Nursing students graduated.
  • School of Nursing Core Values revised from “caring, professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence” to “stewardship, organizational citizenship, nursing innovation, caring, professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence.”
  • SafeZone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally training program initiated.
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP concentrations initiated.
2017
  • School of Nursing received the 2017 Stellar School Award from the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA).
  • Initial participation in the annual medical humanitarian project Healing Peru.
  • The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) conferred upon the Nursing Skills and Technology Center/Simulation Center SSH Accreditation in the areas of Teaching/Education for the period 2017-2022.
  • Dedication of an all-gender restroom in the School of Nursing.
  • University Medical Center and Louisiana State University Health - New Orleans School of Nursing - Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Council initiated.
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Nurse Practitioner DNP concentration approved and initiated.
  • LSUH-NO Son won 2017 Nursing School of the Year, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Tiger Tracks for Wellness program began and was awarded the Working Well in Louisiana Worksite Wellness Recognition of Excellence 2017 Award from LA Business Group on Health.
2018
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute and Primary Care DNP concentrations approved (2017) and initiated (2018) in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.
  • In March 2018, the Early Admission Registered Nurse (EARN) program began in partnership with Delgado Charity School of Nursing that allows Delgado nursing students to apply and begin LSUHSC SON RNBSN program before graduating with an ASN.
  • The Diversity and Inclusivity Advisory Task Force was initiated in July 2018.
  • School of Nursing inaugural magazine, LSU Nursing , launched.
  • The inaugural class of the LSU Health New Orleans Hall of Fame and Outstanding Alumni honored at the 85th Anniversary Gala, November 2018.
  • School of Nursing received a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program to train nursing students in ambulatory care settings to meet rural and underserved health care needs.
  • Nursing Schools Almanac ranked the SON number 10 in the U.S. for 2018, number 4 among public nursing schools and number 3 overall in the southeast region.
  • School of Nursing hosted a Joanna Briggs Institute at the University of Adelaide in South Australia Evidence-based Clinical Fellows Program Train-the-Trainer program.
  • School of Nursing was awarded a Louisiana Board of Regents grant to create a mobile application for the Cornerstone of Cultural Competency During the Disaster Cycle Program.
2019
  • The inaugural Black Historical Nurses Newsletter initiated February 2019.
  • School of Nursing was named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for a second time in 2019 with a designation for Creating Environments that Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited the SON for 10 years, 2019 to 2029.
  • Children’s Hospital and the SON launch an Evidence-based Practice and Research Council.
  • A $1.3 million grand was awarded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration to train and certify registered nurses as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE).
  • The LGBT + Advocacy Program was developed to educate and increase positive attitudes towards the LGBT + community.
  • The first Joanna Briggs Institute at the University of Adelaide in South Australia Evidence-based Clinical Fellows Training was held for nurses at Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center.
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation reaccredited the SON for four-years.
  • Five Dual BSN to DNP concentrations were approved and initiated in 2019: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS), AGACNP and Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (PCFNP), PCFNP and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care (PNP-AC) and AGACNP, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (PNP-PC) and PNP-AC.
  • Six post-masters DNP curricula to add a new APRN role and population to current APRN certification were approved and initiated in 2019; AGACNP, AGPCNP, PCFNP, PMHNP, PNP-AC, and PNP-PC.
  • Three DNP advanced Specialty elective courses were approved and implemented in 2019, Advanced Emergency, Advanced Oncology and Advanced Nephrology.
2020
  • The SON became a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council an international organization that advanced honors education such as our Mentoring Undergraduate Students for Excellence in Scholarship (MUSES).

Black History

1968
  • LSU Board of Supervisors Accorded the School of Nursing status as an autonomous school with the name of School of Nursing of the Medical Center
1971
  • Five (5) Black students to have BSN degrees conferred: Helen M. Durant Bankston, Brenda Donatto, Shirley Fowler, Sandra Hodges, and Patricia Powell
1972
  • Master of Nursing degree (MN) approved
1973
  • Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree approved by LSU Board of Supervisors
1974
  • First Black appointed Emeritus Professor of Nursing: Myrtis Snowden, DrPH
1975
  • First Associate of Science in Nursing degree conferred. First Master of Nursing degree conferred
  • Nine (9) Black females to have ASN degrees conferred: Josephine Brown, Margauerite Brown, Ethel Bennett, Delores Every, Agnes Joseph, Beverly Miller, Brenda Oliver, Barbara Taylor, and Bernetha Walters
1976
  • First Black Female to have MN degree conferred: Beverly Patin
1981
  • First Black Male to have MN degree conferred: Fredrick Alvin Moore
1988
  • First Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) degree conferred
1994
  • First Black Female to have Doctor of Nursing Science degree conferred: Sandra Chaisson Brown
  • First Black male Instructor/Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing: Lawrence Washington
1998
  • First Black Male to have Doctor of Nursing Science degree conferred: Michael Williams
2001
  • Master of Nursing (MN) with a specialization in Nurse Anesthesia degree initiated
2005
  • First Master of Nursing with specialization in Nurse Anesthesia degree conferred
  • Six (6) Black females and one Black male to have MN for Nurse Anesthesia degrees conferred: Jacquelyn Carter, LaTosha Monique Kennedy, Gayle Louise Harris Martin, Stephanie P. Monarch, Kristie Lynn O'Brien, Roland O. Okungbowa, Angela Wilson
2006
  • First Black appointed to Program Director of the DNS Program: Dr. Yvonne Sterling
2008
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialty in Nursing Education approved and first graduate students enrolled
  • First Black appointed as St. Charles General Hospital Auxiliary Professor of Nursing: Yvonne Sterling, PhD
2009
  • First Master of Science in Nursing Education degree conferred
  • First Black female to have MSN in Nursing Education degree conferred: Kendra M. Barrier
2011
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) approved
2012
  • Council of Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia concentration and the BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia concentration
2013
  • First Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice
2014
  • First Black appointed Tucker H. Couvillon, III Professorship established for nursing research in Parkinson's Disease: Leslie Faulkner Nolden
2016
  • First BSN to DNP degree conferred
  • First Black female to have DNP for Nurse Anesthesia degree conferred: Courtney Benee Archie; First Black male to have DNP for Nurse Anesthesia degree conferred: Corey Michael George
2017
  • Three (3) Black females to have DNP in Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner degrees conferred: Charlise Hope-Porche, Terrie Terrell Thompkins, Shelly Christina Williams
2018
  • Fisrt Black male to have DNP degree conferred in Executive Nurse Leader: Keithen Potts; Fisrt Black female to have DNP degree conferred in Executive Nurse Leader: Brandy Barbarin
2019
  • First Black females to have DNP degree conferred in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Brittany Ragas, Karen Williams, and Sabrina Willis
  • First Black female to have DNP degree conferred in Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist: Lauretta Kooper
2020
  • First Black female to have DNP degree conferred in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Mia Schexnayder-Davis
  • First Black male to have DNP degree conferred in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: Queshaun Sudbury