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DNP professor is Louisiana's Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year

March 1, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing professor Laurie Anne Ferguson, D.N.P., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-C., was recognized as the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year by the Louisiana State Nurses Association as a part of its Louisiana Nurses Foundation Nightingale Awards.

Ferguson not only teaches in Loyola’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice, or DNP program, and the online masters program for nurse practitioners, she works clinically as a family nurse practitioner. She sees patients of all ages at Varnado Family Practice in Greensburg located in Louisiana’s St. Helena Parish, a designated health provider shortage area. Ferguson is also an integral part of a five-year, innovative colorectal cancer study funded by a $1.3 million grant from the American Cancer Society.

"I have practiced as a nurse practitioner for over 25 years in predominantly rural and underserved populations, before nurse practitioners were accepted or popular,” Ferguson said. “I love taking care of patients of all ages. Teaching keeps me current and on my toes as students demand clinical relevance. Students and patients make me a better nurse practitioner."

“The faculty and staff are proud of the recognition awarded in the state to Laurie who has made outstanding contributions to the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing and the profession. We are so fortunate she has chosen to work with us and our students at Loyola,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H, R.N., professor and director of the Loyola School of Nursing. “Her selection creates a legacy of honor for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and academic partners—all of whom desire to bring the best in class to our work.”

The Nightingale Awards are presented at an annual gala to recognize the achievements of nurses across the state in a variety of categories. Nominations were made by their colleagues and sent to a nationwide panel of 12 judges outside Louisiana for a blind review process.

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