A Message from Our Dean

As a major health crisis plays out around the globe, we are reminded that nurses, the largest sector of health care workers in every country, play a pivotal part in the frontline work that makes a difference to patients. Similarly, we are also reminded that nurses play an important role in health policy, research and the crucial activities of preventing and containing widespread disease.

Dr. Demetrius Porche, Dean of the LSU Health School of Nursing

Perhaps there has been no better time to advance the vital position of nurses around the world. In this issue, you can read about how the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing is supporting the efforts of the World Health Assembly in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. You can also learn about the important research our staff is undertaking to improve health care. Plus, you can see how our students are impacting local and global health outcomes through important community outreach.

I am proud of the School of Nursing’s legacy in preparing nurse leaders to improve global health and deliver innovative nursing practice. Read on to learn about how we continually focus on a strategy of excellence, and the mapping process we recently undertook to help us concentrate on work we want to do in eight key areas.

Remarkable things happen every day in and around the School of Nursing. I appreciate the work of our faculty and the support of our alumni, clinical practice, and business partners that make these remarkable things possible. The world will always demand more nurses. We are making sure our graduates can meet that need as leaders.

Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, PCC, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN
Dean and Helen A. & James B. Dunn Professor
Louisiana State University Health – New Orleans School of Nursing

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