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Loyola School of Nursing celebrates 30 years

Loyola press release - November 3, 2009

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing is celebrating 30 years of educating high-quality health care professionals in Louisiana and beyond. Alumni attended a luncheon Sunday to commemorate the school’s achievements and graduates, and to highlight plans for its future successes.

Since enrolling its first class in 1979, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 1,200 nursing baccalaureates and nearly 500 graduate students. In spring 2010, Loyola will become the first university in Louisiana to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Housed in Loyola’s College of Social Sciences, the school’s mission is to create “a world where every nurse is a leader,” by educating professional nurses who are committed to innovation and translating science into practice in a dynamic global health care environment. Over the last 30 years, the school has produced numerous successful nursing professionals.

Linda Levesque, BSN ’08, MSN ’09, a perioperative systems analyst for Tulane Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital, and a recipient of Loyola’s coveted Nightingale Award, credits the School of Nursing’s demanding curriculum and supportive atmosphere with broadening her perspective and helping her to become a poised professional.

“I learned a tremendous amount about nursing theory and life in general, studying and preparing for assignments required to meet the goals and expectations of the program,” Levesque said. “Acquiring my BSN and MSN, I gained the confidence in myself that I was lacking prior to this accomplishment. Through class work, reading assignments, networking with peers, lectures and faculty interaction, I have grown both in my career and as a person.”

Janice Kishner, MSN ’06, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at East Jefferson General Hospital, said obtaining her master’s degree in nursing from Loyola has helped her form her professional identity.

“While my MBA has served me well in terms of articulating the needs of the clinical staff in the board room, my MSN has shaped my philosophy of caring and professional development,” Kishner said. “Driving evidence-based care and challenging staff to constantly grow as healthcare providers is my responsibility. I feel better prepared to provide the necessary vision.”

Another nursing alumna, Mary Genovese, MSN ’08, the vice president of critical care for East Jefferson General Hospital, was recently nominated for the 2009 New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year.

“The impressive women and men who have graduated from the School of Nursing are a credit to the health care profession and working examples of Loyola’s mission,” said School of Nursing Director Ann H. Cary, Ph.D. “We are so proud of their accomplishments and want to celebrate as we look forward to many more years of producing solid, compassionate health care professionals.”

For more information on the School of Nursing, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 504-865-3142.