Values and Beliefs
1. Nursing education is an ongoing process with identifiable outcomes in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.
2. Nursing education uses professional education and practice guidelines from the NLNAC Standards and Criteria for AD Nurses, Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies, and National Patient Safety Goals.
3. The student is an active participant in the learning process
4. Nursing education is best initiated in institutions of higher learning
5. Commitment to lifelong learning is integrated into the practice of nursing.
6. Nursing practice is directed toward identification of and meeting the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals within their community.
7. Nursing at the associate degree level is directed toward clients' responses to health needs in acute care and various community settings.
8. Service, collaboration, and accountability are valued components of the program of learning.
NURSING LOWER LEVEL DIVISION
My name is Chris Smith. I am 26 years old and grew up in a little town in east Texas called Elysian Fields. I am the second of seven children, and got married in March, the second week of 110. We don’t have any kids yet, but we plan on having one and adopting one someday. We moved back to Ruston a little over a year ago after living in Hammond, LA, and going to Southeastern University. My wife graduated with a degree in Athletic Training and I was working on my Nursing degree.
I want to become a nurse because I remember my mother’s nurses when she battled cancer and how much they were there for her and for us. I have a lot of compassion for people and want to do everything I can to help them. I plan on getting my Nurse Practitioner’s license and opening a sports medicine clinic with my wife.
Having dealt with the faculty at two different nursing schools, I can definitely say that Tech has a wonderful staff. Everyone is so helpful and cares so much about your personal success, as well as your professional success. Narrowing it down to one mentor would be too difficult, but Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Books, and Mrs. McFadden have helped me so much in my journey in nursing school so far. Mrs. Douglas keeps me in line (I would expect nothing less from my advisor), and Mrs. Books and Mrs. McFadden have really helped keep me interested and centered with all of the other distractions that nursing students face.
Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out alive.
The Louisiana Tech University Division of Nursing is committed to serving as a benchmark nursing program in the community, state, and southern region of the country through the provision of innovative teaching and interactive opportunities to prepare the entry level registered nurse to function in the evolving health care delivery system.
NURSING UPPER LEVEL DIVISION
My name is Lainey Heckel. I was raised in Homer, LA by two amazing parents and have an older brother and younger twin sisters. I graduated from Claiborne Academy in 2008 where I was a member of the Lady Rebels basketball and softball teams. I am an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Homer and enjoy participating in mission projects. I absolutely love spending time with my family, but if I am not with the people I love, I am enjoying God’s wonderful creation of the outdoors.
Why I Decided to Become a Nurse
I have a true passion for nursing! I had my first exposure to great nursing when I was 7-years-old. My twin sisters were born prematurely and required almost 3 months of hospitalization in the NICU. As a child, I saw the impact that excellent nursing care can have on patients’ lives as well as their families. More recently, my family and I have been influenced by the tender care of nurses. I lost my grandmother to a terrible, debilitating neurological disease, but knowing that caring nurses and doctors were there when she needed medical attention was a huge comfort. I also experienced good and some not-so-good nursing care when my grandfather had a massive heart attack; seeing the not-so-good care reminded me of the need of good quality nurses! I have been called to serve others and being a NURSE is what I want to do! I do not want to be a doctor, a nurse anesthetist, or a nurse practitioner. I want to be an RN who is there to nurse that patient, to love them, and to give them the care they need in time of illness. Being a patient is a critical time in peoples’ lives, and I want to be there to encourage them and to hopefully make a positive difference in their lives.
I do not think I could choose one mentor if I wanted to! Since I have been in Louisiana Tech’s nursing program, every teacher I have encountered has been a positive influence to me in some way! Each and every one has a specialty they love and have impacted me when teaching about it. They have not only taught me to be a competent nurse, but they have molded me into a better person. Having teachers like them who are passionate about what they do and who care about the students makes class and learning an enjoyable experience. I truly respect and admire every nursing instructor at Tech and believe that I will be a better nurse because I had them as mentors.
“May I be a nurse, Lord, with gentle, healing hands, who always speaks with kindness, who cares and understands. And while I’m serving others as You would have me to do, please help me to remember that I’m truly serving You.” -R. Fogle