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Nursing program showcased at gala

May 30, 2017

 

“Considering that any and every undergraduate nursing education program in the state of Louisiana can be nominated for School of the Year, I think it speaks volumes that the Tech nursing division has received this honor two years in a row.”
– Norlyn Hyde
Instructor of Nursing

Andrew Bell
Staff Reporter | agb022@latech.edu

The Louisiana Tech nursing program was honored for its excellence at a heralded awards gala, including individual awards to its faculty and staff members.

 

The Louisiana Nurses Foundation and Louisiana State Nurses Association presented the 16th annual Nightingale Awards Gala at the L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge April 1.

 

The Division of Nursing was represented by Donna Hood, director and professor; Nancy Darland, professor; Norlyn Hyde, instructor; and Caleb Faul, current nursing student and president of the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses.

 

Tech’s nursing program was awarded as the Nursing School of the Year for Undergraduate Degree Programs for the second consecutive year. This award was determined by a panel of judges in nine different states. The nominations addressed the program’s commitment to selecting, retaining and educating future nurses, innovation in nursing education and faculty and student involvement in their professional organizations.

 

Donna Hood said that she is most proud of the nursing program for their advancement and progress beyond expectations.

 

“It is such an honor to receive this recognition at the state level,” she said. “I am so proud of the excellent work of our faculty and students who go above and beyond what is required.”

 

Nurses from across the state were nominated for the 16 categories of awards that were presented, as well as three inductions into the Louisiana Nurses Hall of Fame.

 

Tech nursing faculty who received awards included Nancy Darland, nursing professor, who was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Community Achievement by a registered nurse, and Deborah Spann, Tech nursing alum, who received the award for Registered Nurse of the Year.

 

Hood expressed her thoughts on the fellow faculty members that won individual awards.

 

“Deborah Spann is an excellent example of the caliber of nurses who graduate from our program,” she said. “She demonstrates excellence as a lifelong learner and is a passionate nurse leader. Her amazing work with emergency nurses across the state impacts the care of us all. Nancy Darland does a phenomenal job taking her passion for nursing care of women and children and linking it with needs across the state. She is a true champion.”

 

Darland said she greatly appreciated the award she received and the fact that she was nominated by her peers.

 

“It is truly an honor to be nominated by one’s peers,” she said. “And it’s even more special to bring home a Nightingale award.”

 

Darland said her appreciation for the event was influenced by its background.

 

“The event was named after Florence Nightingale,” she said. “He was one of the earliest professional nurses whose research and practice continues to impact the profession today.”

 

Hyde summed up the importance and quality of the awards that nursing program received.

 

“Considering that any and every undergraduate nursing education program in the state of Louisiana can be nominated for School of the Year, I think it speaks volumes that the Tech nursing division has received this honor two years in a row,” she said. “It’s a testimony to the quality of our students and education.”

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