A Message from Our Dean

From the frontlines of COVID, to new research and efforts to expand diversity, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing students, faculty and alumni help patients, support communities and look to shape the future of the nursing profession.

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

As we emerge from a long year of struggle, hope is on the horizon. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the increasing rate of vaccinations and awareness of the need to address inequity is moving us in the right direction. While I continue to be inspired by the courage and support demonstrated by our donors, alumni and everyone at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, we know that the work has only begun.

In this issue, our graduates share stories and photos from the front lines of the pandemic, and we discuss the lessons it has taught us all. You will also read about the ways in which our graduates, faculty, students and staff are playing a crucial role in shaping the future of the School of Nursing, including:

  • Bench to Bedside: One of our newest nursing faculty members is leading research efforts in bioelectrodynamics, to develop adjunct therapies and treatments for pathologies such as cancer, sickle cell disease and wound care.
  • Transforming Curriculum: Administrators, program directors, committee chairs, practice partners and faculty are working together to update our BSN curriculum to meet current and future trends in nursing practice and student evaluation.
  • Empowering and Leading: Two new programs will begin in fall 2021. One will continue our progress toward a culture and climate of diversity, equity and inclusion. The second aims to empower a new generation of student ambassadors.

On a personal note, this year marked the passing of my predecessor as dean, Elizabeth Humphrey, EdD, RN. For those who didn’t have the good fortune to know her, Elizabeth was the epitome of professionalism, innovation, resilience and compassion. Her leadership made everything we hope to achieve at the School of Nursing possible, and her legacy will always live on in the hearts and minds of our students, faculty and alumni.

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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