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Harlee Kutzen, MN, PHCNS-BC, APRN
Instructor of Clinical Nursing


Phone: 5042510291

Office: 332

Office Hours:

Office Hours: Tuesdays 8:30-11:30 AM; Wednesdays 8:30-11:30 AM; Fridays 9:30-11:30 AM; & by appointment 

Research Interests

Prognostic awareness


Harlee Kutzen has over 40 years of experience in nursing. In 1981, Ms. Kutzen earned her BSN from Michigan State University, and her Masters in Community Public Health Nursing at LSUHSC in 1999. She is an advanced practice, board certified RN in Community Public Health and previously Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care RN. Professional experience has focused almost exclusively in palliative care and hospice nursing with more than 25 years concentrated in HIV/AIDS since 1984. Her palliative care experience ranges from direct care to administration within all types of practice including inpatient and home-based hospice, ambulatory care, and inpatient palliative medicine consult service. Ms. Kutzen served as the Principal investigator of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's funded "Excellence in End-of-Life Program" creating the PalCare: A Palliative care Program for Persons with HIV/AIDS and those who Love Them" at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. Ms. Kutzen has received multiple awards for her nursing leadership and community service including the “National Achievement Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership in HIV Care,” from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, "The Teri Estrada Community Service Award", the "Faculty Caring Award" from LSUHSC-SON, and three Daisy Faculty Awards since 2018.   She currently serves as Chair of the SON's Bylaws, Nominations and Elections Committee, and as Parliamentarian for the SON’s Faculty Organization. Current teaching roles include course coordination of SOPH I HLSC 2417 - Health Assessment Lab and theory, practicum roles in Senior II Management/Leadership in Health Care Systems NURS 4359/4369, and the Summer Elective HLSC 4411 - Interdisciplinary Care of the dying Client and Family. Ms. Kutzen has served as a CARE advisor since 2008 and strives to build and connect meaningful experiences for her students in all dimensions of their BSN curriculum.