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School of Nursing director lands prestigious spot on national board

February 10, 2012

Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., professor and director of Loyola University New Orleans' School of Nursing, was one of only five people nationwide elected as a board member to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

"It is clearly a tremendous honor to be elected to the AACN's national board. The AACN today represents more than 670 member schools of nursing at public and private universities and senior colleges nationwide,” Cary said. “These schools offer a mix of baccalaureate, graduate and post-graduate programs. The dean or chief nurse administrator serves as the representative to AACN. To be elected to represent such a large number of schools in nursing baccalaureate and higher education from such a competitive field says a lot about our growing leadership reputation."

Cary joins Eleanor Howell of Creighton University and Joanne Warner of the University of Portland as at-large board members. Eileen Breslin of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio was elected president, while Juliann Sebastian of the University of Nebraska Medical Center was named secretary. Carole Kenner of Northeastern University and Kristen Swanson of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were elected to the nominating committee.

Just last month, the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Top Online Education Programs rankings guide singled out Loyola’s School of Nursing as one of the best online graduate programs in the country. Loyola was one of only five nursing schools in the country, and the only Jesuit institution, to receive the honor roll designation as among the top five schools.

The publication ranked Loyola University New Orleans as the best in the country for student services and technology, ahead of other major institutions such as Loyola University Chicago, Duke University, Arizona State, University of Florida and St. Louis University. Loyola also placed a strong second in the country for faculty credentials and training.

Loyola is currently the only university in Louisiana allowed to enroll students in a new post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The School of Nursing also offers a post-Master of Science to Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

The deadline for applications has been extended until Feb. 15, 2012. Application and detailed program information are available at http://css.loyno.edu/nursing/doctor-nursing-practice. For information about the post-Master to D.N.P. program, contact Adero Moore at 504-865-2582 or amoore@loyno.edu. Students interested in the B.S.N. to D.N.P. program can contact Elena Ransom at 504-865-2499 or eransom@loyno.edu.

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