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School of Nursing shines at national conference

October 15, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Nursing took center stage at the Third National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference earlier this month in San Diego, offering an in-depth look at the science of leadership in teaching the nation’s next generation of executive nurses.

Ann Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.; Gwen George, D.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C.; and Cynthia Collins, Ph.D., A.N.P.-B.C., presented “Leading Leaders: Intentional Pedagogies to Ignite the Leader Within” to a standing-room-only audience of the nation’s top nursing professionals.

“We were chosen to make this presentation to a national audience of D.N.P. faculty, providers and students because of Loyola’s reputation in the nursing community,” said Cary. “Our faculty understands what teaching approaches are best utilized to teach the science and practice of leadership. Preparing leaders takes personal insight, acquisition of leadership science and best practices, and the behavioral coaching to optimize leadership performance.”

One of the core competencies of Loyola’s D.N.P. program focuses on cutting-edge techniques that instill the crucial leadership qualities required in today’s highly complex and challenging nursing field. The program provides a leadership assessment test, a personal leadership coach, constant professional feedback, and the installment of a personal leadership plan.

“Our graduates will be put into leadership positions in whatever health care organization they are a part of,” Cary said. “They will be making changes and decisions that affect patient care. It is their charge to make sure that the best science and best care are brought to the patient’s bedside. We provide in-depth, comprehensive training that gives our graduates the tools necessary to institute change and provide steady leadership.”

The School of Nursing is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Doctor of Nursing Practice class. The early application deadline is Nov. 1, and the final cutoff for applications is Feb. 1, 2011. Application and detailed program information are available at http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/doctor-nursing-practice.

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