Recognizing Our Students

Learn about the achievements of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing students and the exciting activities they are involved with.

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Students Attend Nurse Anesthesia Conference

In August 2022, a group of senior nurse anesthesia students, accompanied by Laura Bonanno, PhD, DNP, CRNA, Program Director for the Nurse Anesthesia Program and Professor of Nursing; William Barras, DNP, CRNA, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia; David Kalil, DNAP, CRNA, Instructor of Clinical Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia; and Jennifer Martin, DNP, CRNA, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, attended the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology’s Annual Congress in Chicago. They spent the conference networking and learning the latest high-quality, evidence-based clinical information designed for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

AANA group of students

SNA President Receives LA ENA Tim Butcher Scholarship

Colin Nipper-Stevenson, president of the School of Nursing’s Student Nurses Association, was awarded the Tim Butcher Educational Scholarship from the Louisiana Council of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The scholarship honors Butcher, who was known nationwide as a “boots on the ground” expert on emergency preparedness with special emphasis on hazmat and blast injuries.

Colin Nipper-Stevenson

Nipper-Stevenson is a 45-year-old New Orleans native and single parent of an 18-year-old son. He serves as the Senior II Class Vice President and President of the LSUH-NO SON Student Nurses Association. He is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association and plans to work in an emergency department at a local hospital after graduation. Nipper-Stevenson has been an advocate for promoting disaster preparedness by offering Stop the Bleed training and Narcan administration to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans community. He is an outspoken advocate for men’s health awareness and promotes nursing as a career choice for men. Before starting nursing school, he was a police officer for 20 years and an emergency medical technician.

Nipper-Stevenson’s personal motto is “The only easy day was yesterday,” taken from the Navy SEALs, which means that every day, one needs to work harder than the last. But when someone works hard every day, and sees what they are capable of, yesterday seems easy.

Student Accepted Into VALOR Program

Anna Hoang, a senior BSN nursing student, has been accepted into the VALOR (Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency) Program, an honors program for select nursing students who have completed their junior year of a BSN program. VALOR is designed to increase participants’ clinical skills, clinical judgment and critical thinking while caring for the nation’s veterans. This program provides opportunities for learning, including classroom experiences and clinical practice, with a qualified nurse preceptor.

Students Present at Dr. Linda Corson Jones Scholarship Day

Podium Presentations

  • Elaine Handcock – “Evaluating the PHQ-A to Screen Adolescents for Depression in a Rural Elementary School-Based Clinic Setting: A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Tiffiny Hayes – “Implementing a Telehealth Program to Support Individuals in Improving Outcomes Associated with Uncontrolled Hypertension and Increase Provider Reimbursement”
  • Stephen Knowles – “Utilization of a PTSD Screening Protocol to Improve the Awareness and Management of PTSD and Emergence Delirium in Military Services Members”
  • Bridget Whalen – “Implementation of a Spanish Communication Tool for Anesthesia Providers: A Knowledge to Action Project”

Poster Presentations

  • Frederic Amman – “Ketofol to Reduce Sedation Related Adverse Events in Obese Patients Undergoing Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Procedures: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Angelle Bonura – “Implementation of a Formal Curriculum for Frontline Clinical Leader Development and the Impact on Unit-Based Outcomes”
  • Savannah Cahill – “Early Identification of Cannabis Usage Through the Use of a Standardized Screening Tool to Identify At-Risk Adult Same-Day Surgery Patients to Improve Overall Quality and Safety of Care: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Arielle Davis – “Intraoperative Intravenous Ketamine in Spinal Surgeries to Improve Postoperative Pain Scores”
  • Robert Edwards – “Administration of Intravenous Acetaminophen Postoperatively for the Reduction in the Incidence and Severity of Pain for Adult Surgical Patients Undergoing Knee Arthroscopy with General Anesthesia: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Loy Ernst – “Implementation of a Handoff Tool for Intraoperative Transition of Anesthesia Care to Improve Handoff Communication and Patient Safety Between Anesthesia Providers: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Catherine Felger – “Pre-Operative Antithrombotic Screening Tool for Peripheral Nerve Blocks”
  • Bianca Fomukong – “Implementation of Prophylactic Administration of IV Ondansetron to Decrease Hypotension After Spinal Anesthesia”
  • Amy Guillot – “Preoperative Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using the STOP-BANG Questionnaire”
  • Jordan Hart – “Implementation of Point of Care Ultrasound to Access Gastric Contents in the Bariatric Patient Population to Guide Airway and Anesthetic Management: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Evan Ochiltree – “Low Dose Ketamine Administration During Spinal Surgery to Improve Postoperative Analgesia: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Margaret Patterson – “Implementation of an Intimate Partner Violence Screening Protocol: A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Morgan Pinell – “Implementation of Intravenous Ketamine Infusion Guideline in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Surgery to Reduce Postoperative Pain and Opioid Consumption: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Brianna Purnell – “Dexmedetomidine as an Adjunct to Propofol to Reduce Hypoxemia in Obese Patients Undergoing Upper GI Endoscopy Procedures”
  • Matthew Reese – “Implementation of a Metabolic Syndrome Protocol: A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Scott Rose – “Addressing Health Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Patients Through Cultivation of Effective Communication and Competence of Anesthesia Providers: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Aida Sanchez – “Implementation of an Off-Site Evidence-Based COVID-19 Intubation Checklist for Anesthesia Providers”
  • Sarah Saternos – “Staggered Dosing of Sugammadex on Respiratory Outcomes During Emergence of Anesthesia”
  • Kendra Scott – “Kidney Transplantation Waitlisting: A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Sarah Simmons – “Implementation of a Preoperative Anesthesia Checklist/Protocol to Improve Anxiety Levels and Decrease Traumatic Inductions Among Pediatric Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Darrylynn Smith – “Implementation of a No-Hit Zone: A Policy Proposal Project”
  • Holly Tomasello – “Implementation of an Objective Measuring Tool for Endotracheal Cuff Inflation in a Pediatric Surgical Setting: A Knowledge to Action Project”
  • Steven Tran – “Development and Implementation of Pediatric Trauma Operating Room Checklist: A Quality Improvement Project”
  • Kent Ural, Jr. – “Implementation of an Ultrasound Guided Approach as First Choice in Arterial Catheterization”
  • Bryan Wagar – “Implementing a Preoperative Warming Checklist to Prevent Inadvertent Perioperative Hypothermia in Patients Undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Knowledge to Action Project”

Congratulations, School of Nursing Award Winners – May 2022

The Allen Copping Excellence in Teaching Award: Colette Baudoin, PhD (c), MSN, RN, OCN, CNE Valedictorian
Reid Sellars, BSN

Daniela Hernandez Oliveros, BSN

Highest Academic Honors CARE Program
Stephanie Lafrance, BSN

Academic Recognition CARE Program
Margaret Uland, BSN

The Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Henry Marque Fund Student Nurse Award: Traditional
Alexis Church, BSN
Catherine Norris, BSN
Daniela Hernandez Oliveros, BSN
Collette Pitre, BSN
Reid Sellars, BSN

The Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Henry Marque Fund Student Nurse Award: CARE
Christine Faulkner, BSN
Stephanie Lafrance, BSN
Corey Rye, BSN
Margaret Uland, BSN
Terray Warren, BSN

School of Nursing Alumni Association Recognition of Class Spirit Award – Undergraduate
Christine Tran, BS

School of Nursing Alumni Association Recognition of Class Spirit Award – Graduate
Stephen Knowles, DNP

Student Ambassadors
Luke Daniels, BSN
Kathryn Philippi, BSN
Shanna Utterback, BSN

Sigma Theta Tau Distinguished Graduate Award – Undergraduate
Amanda Weir, BSN

Sigma Theta Tau Distinguished Graduate Award – Graduate
Alyson Wooderson, DNP

Peer Mentor
Christopher Badon, BSN
Fidu Gemechu, BSN
Kathryn Philippi, BS
Nathan Stokes, BSN
Christine Tran, BSN
Shanna Utterback, BSN
Amanda Weir, BSN

New Orleans District Nurses Association Student Leadership Award
Kathryn Philippi, BSN

Dolores H. Scheerle Memorial Entrepreneurial Award – Undergraduate
Daniela Hernandez Oliveros, BSN

Dolores H. Scheerle Memorial Entrepreneurial Award – Graduate
Carlyn Franckiewicz, DNP

Student Nurses Association Outstanding Graduate Award
Luke Daniels, BSN

Student Government Association Outstanding Graduate Award
Amanda Weir, BSN

Faculty Recognition Award, Sponsored by The Elsevier Sciences, Inc. – Undergraduate
Luke Daniels, BSN

Writing Excellence, sponsored by F.A. Davis
Evan Ochiltree, DNP

Jo Ellen Smith Memorial Award – Undergraduate
Daniela Hernandez Oliveros, BSN

Patricia A. Losee Memorial Award
Sarah Trosclair, BSN

Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Award – DNP Practitioner Graduate
Kristen Nelsen, DNP

Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetist Outstanding Student Award
Nataly Garcia, DNP

Nurse Anesthesia Outstanding Graduate Award
Catherine Felger, DNP, and Kristen Walker, DNP

Nurse Anesthesia Program Clinical Excellence Award
Bryan Wagar, DNP; Brianna Purnell, DNP, and Mitch Cosse, DNP

Alice M. Hicks CRNA, Memorial Award
Joseph Daniels, DNP

Nurse Anesthesia Program Director’s Award
Evan Ochiltree, DNP, and Jenna White, DNP

Stanley Hall MD, PhD Award Academic Excellence and Clinical Excellence
John Rickert, DNP

Reverend Dr. James A. Ertl Clinical Excellence Award – PCFNP Graduate
Tance Sonnier, DNP

Outstanding Family Nurse Practitioner Award
Elaine Handcock, DNP

Nurse Practitioner Leadership Award
Andrea Ferrage, DNP

Nurse Practitioner Academic Excellence Award
Ray Gasser, DNP, and Carlyn Franckiewicz, DNP

Nurse Practitioner Service Award
Torri Skinner, DNP

Dr. Latanja L. Divens Legacy Award
Tarika Gyawali, DNP

Outstanding NP Faculty Award
Melissa Nunn, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC

Outstanding Nursing Caring Award – Undergraduate
Christine Tran, BSN

Outstanding Nursing Caring Award – Graduate
Matthew Reese, DNP

The Chancellor’s Award
Kathryn Philippi, BSN

Amanda Weir, BSN

Honor Awards: Cumulative GPA

Summa Cum Laude
Stephanie Lafrance, BSN
Reid Sellars, BSN

Magna Cum Laude
Sydni Cowan, BSN
Ava Maraldo, BSN
Catherine Norris, BSN
Daniela Hernandez Oliveros, BSN
Collette Pitre, BSN
Hayley Seidel, BSN
Margaret Uland, BSN

Cum Laude
Christopher Badon, BSN
Melissa Bosco, BSN
Christine Faulkner, BSN
Sarah Giustiniano, BSN
Madison Ott, BSN
Corey Rye, BSN

Congratulations, May 2022 Graduates

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
Angela Marie Fouchea
Kendra Monique Scott

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Executive Nurse Leader)
Angelle Hotard Bonura
Tiffiny Carre’ Taylor

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)
Jaron M. Allen
Sara Renée Trahan Lass
Victoria Ellin Skinner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner)
Carlyn Hotard Franckiewicz
Alyson Richard Wooderson

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner)
Andrea White Ferrage
Tarika Gyawali
Stephen Anthony Lewis
Margaret Stewart Patterson
Catherine Martine Rabalais
Tance Jude Sonnier

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)
Flem Ballet Jr.
Elaine Handcock
Matthew Perry Reese
Amy Melissa Smith
Darrylynn Smith

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner)
Raymond Frank Gasser

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)
Lauren McKenzie Caponegro
Katy Graves Carter

Doctor of Nursing Practice (Nurse Anesthesia)
Frederic Eugene Amman
Savannah C Cahill
Kellsi Breanne Castleberry
Mitchell Aaron Cosse
Joseph Daniels
Arielle Recile Davis
Robert Lee Edwards
Loy Edward Ernst III
Catherine Pendleton Felger
Bianca Ngwe Ndeso Fomukong
Nataly Garcia
Amy Elizabeth Guillot
Jordan Hart
Melissa A Horton
Ryan David Kliebert
Stephen Joseph Knowles
Lantz Michael Lafleur
Austin Camille Laurent
Laura Ann Mallaley
Joshua Richard Mayeaux
Kalli Jean McGrievy
Madisonne Louise Meredith
Madeline Louise Murphy
Kristen Elizabeth Nelsen
Evan Ochiltree
Dennis Perez
Morgan Elizabeth Pinell
Brianna Lontai Purnell
Caroline Zelenka Rickert
John Sebastien Rickert
Elizabeth Rojas
Scott Parkey Rose
Aida Sanchez
Sarah P Saternos
Sarah Elizabeth Simmons
Holly Lucille Tomasello
Charlene Denise Townshend
Steven Tran
Michael Umachi
Kent Joseph Ural Jr.
Bryan Bennett Wagar
Kristen Leigh Walker
Bridget Whalen
Jenna Marie White

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Traditional)
Marley Deanne Aguillard
Alyssa Rochelle Alcazar
Matt Joseph Alexander
Ben Taylor Anderson
Christopher Wade Badon
Ashley Elizabeth Ballas
Jalyn Christina Barnes
Adelyn Nicole Becker
Reagan Elizabeth Berault
Aimee Christine Blanchet
Melissa Ann Bosco
Kaitlyn Nicole Boudreaux
Elizabeth Anne Bourgeois
Joel Dean Bradberry Jr.
Maggie Anna Breeland
Barrett Jade Bruner
Camille Marie Brunet
Austin Jude Bush
Kristy Marie Callahan
Alexander Castillo
Hannah Brooke Choppin
Sydni Nicole Cowan
Cameron Christine Crane
Luke Christian Daniels
Taylor Elizabeth Dardar
Joe Bryan Dorame
Nicholas Mark Drummond
Raegan Shae Dupre
Bailey Elizabeth East
Jamie Lynn Eschette
Camryn Elizabeth Faucheaux
Emma Katherine Ferguson
Desiree Carrie Galliano
Rachel Leigh Gill
Sarah Jane Giustiniano
Jaz’mine Marie Green
Alexandra Marie Guerin
Lacie Nicole Guillory
Rebecca Nicole Helm
Daniela Hernandez Oliveros
Kayla Marie Langley
Veronica Caffery Lawler
Courtney Capritto Lawson
Olivia Clare Loisel
Charles D Loupe
Ava Elizabeth Maraldo
Madeleine Clare Marchand
Molly Anne Marks
Ava Marie Martin
Paige Mary Mcgaha
Madison Caroline Meyer
Anna Teresia Misemer
Meghan Elizabeth Morris
Ny’Osha Octavia Nash
Mallory Navarro
Vivian Hoang Nguyen
Catherine Elizabeth Norris
Rebeca Elizabeth Novak
Bianca Elena Ochoa
Madison Noelle Ott
Rachel Mary Pendleton
Kathryn Kristen Philippi
Collette Judith Pitre
Kaila Iona Rayfield
Elisabeth Richards
Kayla Dawn Madison Ridsdale
Shayla Tatiana Rivera
Darby Darlene Rouse
Maureen Elizabeth Russo
Hayley Michele Seidel
Reid Brently Sellars
Salama Kazzachat Sheyin
Gabriel Christian Silvera
Madeleine Paige Soileau
Sadie May Stanchec
Nathan William Stokes
Noel Quere Strauss
Blaise Kolbe Tanner
Taylor Marie Thompson
Joshua Cole Toomey
Christine Bao-Kim Tran
Celia Effie Dopp Travers
Rachel Elizabeth Tregre
Katherine Grace Triche
Sarah June Trosclair
Jenna Elizabeth Verges
Hannah Arlene Victor
Julianne Frances Yaeger

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (CARE)
Catherine Maria Abadie
Haley Elizabeth Brady
Diane Susi Chan
Christine Elizabeth Faulkner
Laura Cristina Garcia-Murphy
Fidu Wirtu Gemechu
Steven Eli Gottfried
Samantha Alison Grunwald
Theresa Rose Hansberger
Duaa Adnan Hashm
Kyle Vernon Hawkins
Sarah Jane Hulliger
Kristi Adele Lacour
Stephanie Renee Lafrance
Raychel Elizabeth Macera
Keyalah Banks Mccaskill, RN
Janelle Yamileth Murillo
Lindsey Kim Nguyen
Timmy Nguyen
Samantha Jean Paschkes
Frances Elizabeth Reed
Amanda Marie Reyes
David Omar Rieken
Corey Matthew Rye
Corie Ann Sanford
Ashley Erin Sullivan
Kristina Kinney Sutton
Greta Jane Trosclair
Sean kiet Truong
Margaret Rose Uland
Shanna Elizabeth Utterback
Michelle Theresa Villarrubia
Terray Renell Warren
Amanda Hodges Weir
Hannah Lee Wiesolek

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