Students See Nurses’ Role in Policy at AACN Summit
Every day, nurses are impacted by political and legislative decisions that affect their practice, education and research. To advance their profession and deliver the best possible patient care, they must have a seat at the policymaking table, where they can advocate for the patients and practices they know best.
That’s why students from the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing have attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., every year since its inception. This year, two students traveled to the nation’s capital – 2019 nursing graduate Jaymalisa Whatley and graduate student Jason Green.
During this three-day conference, open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at AACN member institutions, students are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. In addition to attending lectures, students visit Capitol Hill, where they participate in policy discussions and engage with legislators and staff. This year’s summit was held March 24–26.
Recent Graduate’s Research on Rare Disorder Published in Nursing2019®
Children who abruptly develop neurologic abnormalities following a streptococcal infection are described as having PANDAS – pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections. It is poorly understood, so affected families are often left in distress and without definitive answers about their child’s condition.
Nurses are uniquely positioned to educate and support PANDAS patients and their families, says Chelsea Melerine, a 2019 BSN graduate from the School of Nursing’s honors program. Her manuscript, “PANDAS: What Nurses Need to Know,” was published in the August 2019 issue of Nursing2019. It is co-authored by Melerine’s MUSES faculty mentor Linda Ledet, DNS, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing.
MUSES stands for Mentoring Undergraduate Students for Excellence in Scholarship. Students in the MUSES program work closely with faculty mentors to develop and implement research or evidence-based practice projects.
Because PANDAS is a relatively new and under-researched phenomenon, most nurses are unaware of the disorder and the impact it has on children and their families. Melerine’s publication seeks to build awareness of PANDAS within the nursing community, so practitioners can help ease the burden on children and families, and encourage nurses’ involvement in research to address many unanswered questions about the disorder.
Students Shine at LASN Annual Convention
In October 2019, the School of Nursing’s Student Nurses Association members attended the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses Annual Convention and several brought home awards.
Attendees included Zoe Alexander, Ellen Alpaugh, Shelby Broussard, Katlyn Brown, Myalique Collette, Elizabeth Gaeto, Christina Hebert, Anna Hughes, Olivia LoCascio, Kristina Rigterink, Ne’Ja Sanders, Leila Saucier, Sarah Cooper Smith, Trinie Tran, Alexandra Walters, Kathryn Wright, and Emily Wynn. School of Nursing students earned several awards at the convention:
- Alexandra Walters – “Student Nurse ofthe State” award and scholarship
- Ellen Alpaugh – Stephanie Payne Memorial Scholarship
- Shelby Broussard – Academic Excellence Scholarship
- Kathryn Wright – a LASN Scholarship
- Student Nurses Association – “Best Newsletter Article” award (written by Kacey Hashm, a May 2019 graduate) and “Greatest Number of New Members” award for our growth of 82 new members
Gretchen Deeves was awarded “Faculty of the Year” for her continued support of the LSU SNA and student mentorship, and adjunct faculty member Marirose Bernard delivered a fabulous endnote address.
Students elected to serve on the LASN Executive Board of Directors for the 2019–2020 term include Wynn as vice president, Wright as secretary, Broussard as historian, Alpaugh as Breakthrough to Nursing director, Hebert as Region IV director and Sander as parliamentarian.
49 Attend Annual Congress of the AANA
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Congress is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of CRNAs through education, research presentations, networking opportunities and more. This allows them to achieve maximum effectiveness in their roles as health care providers in diverse settings across the nation. 2019 student attendees from the School of Nursing included:
Nurse Anesthesia Program, Class of 2020
Casey Furr (Adkins)
Carolyn McCord (Smith)
Lauren McManamon (Eustis)
Nurse Anesthesia Program, Class of 2021
Nurse Anesthesia Program, Class of 2022
Summer 2019 Graduates
DNP Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
The Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Henry Marque Award – Traditional BSN Graduates
Jordan Coleman, Amanda Keller (Fall 2018), Ellen Malagarie, Lauren Owens, Madison Seay
The Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Henry Marque Award – CARE BSN Graduates
Claire Daigneault, Hayley Messonier, Courtney Williamson, Jillian Young, Melanie Young
Highest Academic Honors CARE Program
Academic Recognition CARE Program
Alumni Association Recognition of Class Spirit Award – Undergraduate
Jennifer Bungubung, Taylor Denninger
Alumni Association Recognition of Class Spirit Award – Graduate
Faculty Recognition Award, Undergraduate, sponsored by Elsevier
Faculty Recognition Award, Graduate, sponsored by Elsevier
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Award Undergraduate Student
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Award Graduate Student
Dolores Scheerle Entrepreneurial Award Undergraduate
Dolores Scheerle Entrepreneurial Award Graduate
Jo Ellen Smith Memorial Award
Patricia Losee Memorial Award
Writing Excellence, sponsored by F.A. Davis, Publisher
Outstanding Nursing Caring Award Undergraduate
Outstanding Nursing Caring Award Graduate
Student Nurses Association Graduate Award
Student Government Association Award
NODNA Leadership Award
Reverend Dr. James A. Ertl Clinical Excellence Award
Reverend Dr. James A. Ertl Executive Nurse Leader Award
Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Award
Outstanding Family Nurse Practitioner Award Clinical Expertise
Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetist Outstanding Graduate Award
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director’s Award
Nurse Anesthesia Program Clinical Excellence Award
Gary Armstrong, Wallace Huyhn
Nurse Anesthesia Outstanding Graduate Award
Chelsea Champagne, Brittany Santa Marina
Alice M. Hicks CRNA, Memorial Award
Stanley Hall MD, PhD Award Academic Excellence and Clinical Excellence
Nurse Practitioner Leadership Award
Nurse Practitioner Academic Excellence Award
Nurse Practitioner Service Award
Summa Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Claire Daigneault, Hayley Messonnier
Jordan Coleman, Lauren Crain, Ellen Malagarie, Courtney Williamson, Jillian Young, Melanie Young
Spring 2019 Dean’s List
Curtis Dick Jr.
Jessica Vieytes Vera