Nursing Featured Students


Donna G. Hood, Ph.D., RN
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Upper Level Division


Mark VanDenLangenberg

My name is Mark VanDenLangenberg. I am a life-long resident of Ruston and a graduate of Cedar Creek High School. I originally enrolled at Louisiana Tech to major in engineering and to play baseball for the Bulldogs. However, after a year of switching my major four different times, I finally found my passion in nursing. While in the midst of one of my transitions in majors, I talked to a friend about nursing school and all of the opportunities that this field offers. At this point, I became very interested and made an appointment to talk to Dr. Donna Hood, Director of Nursing. After our conversation, I knew that nursing was the career that I wanted to pursue, and it has been a great decision for me. There are so many great things I could say about the Nursing Program at Louisiana Tech, but if I had to choose my favorite thing about this program, it would be the faculty. This excellent faculty has many years of experience in all different areas of nursing. Not only do they teach, but they also mold us into compassionate caregivers by doing whatever they can to ensure that we are successful future nurses. This is why Louisiana Tech nursing graduates are highly sought after by hospitals and doctors. Quality of education is a definite key to future success, and the quality you receive at Louisiana Tech is top notch. As graduation approaches and I look back over my time at Tech, I know that my journey would not be possible without my faith in God and the support I received from my faculty, family, and friends. I am thankful for all the great times I have enjoyed at this university, and I can honestly say that I am proud to be a Bulldog!



Lower Level Division


Howdy y’all! My name is Allison Love. I am a current member of the 114-nursing class and I’m from Houston, Texas …as if the “y’all” didn’t give it away. I graduated from high school in 2011 and from there went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. Despite originally pursuing a photojournalism degree at Mizzou, I always felt a calling to be of more service to people. Like many people, my life has been directly impacted by good nurses taking care of my family including those who cared for my father during several cardiac events or for my brother during his childhood battle with cancer. I strive to be like those nurses. During the two years after I obtained my bachelor's degree, I began to work towards my goal of obtaining a nursing degree. And even though I may have initially earned my stripes at Mizzou, the royal blue has always run through my veins. I am extremely excited to be here at Louisiana Tech, getting the chance to pursue a career I know I will love and learning where my father, uncle, and grandparents all received an education as well. Every day at Tech I am learning something new, being challenged, gaining more confidence, and exploring new potential fields for me to look into when I become a nurse. Nursing by no means is easy. There is less sleep, so much to read, late nights and weekends spent studying. But it is worth it to finally be earning my nursing degree and I cannot wait to see what these next 5 quarters have in store!









Mia Davis


Hi! My name is Mia Davis and I am originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

     I graduated from high school in 2014 and went to college in a small town in Tennessee for one year. During my time there I took an EMT class and got to experience being a part of an EMS team in rural America. Not only was I able to learn about so many interesting medical practices, I was also able to see, first hand, how many people suffer and struggle to find proper healthcare in our own country. It wasn’t long before I began to feel as though I was truly being called to help and care for people. Becoming an RN became the next goal in my life plan, and choosing Louisiana Tech’s Nursing Program to start the next chapter of my journey was a no-brainer. After researching program after program, LA Tech stood out to me through their 100% NCLEX pass rate and their helpful and kind staff.

     Nursing is a trusted, honorable, and cherished profession and Louisiana Tech’s Division of Nursing embodies these characteristics perfectly through the outstanding faculty, challenging curriculum, and driven students. I don’t know where I would be today without all of the support I have received from my family of nursing students and faculty.

     I still have a few more quarters to go before graduation and I’m glad about that, because everything I learn broadens my interests. I feel like I change my mind every day about what I want to do once I am officially an RN, but I take heart in knowing that a degree from Louisiana Tech’s nursing program is preparing me to succeed in doing good work for others no matter what. I can’t wait until I can say “I’m a Nurse,” but until then, I am proud to say “I’m a Bulldog.”



Deverrick Wright


My name is Deverrick Wright. I'm a graduate of Junction City, AR High School. I'm also a combat engineer/ heavy equipment operator with the Louisiana Army National Guard. After my deployment to Kuwait, I felt as if I could serve others in a different capacity, here at home. I made a visit to Louisiana Tech University and after talking to the nursing director, felt it was the right fit for me.
       The last few years have truly been a challenge, but I am a better man for having attended LA Tech. The nursing program has provided me with many opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. My classmates have become family. Choosing nursing as my career is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The knowledge I have gained not only in the classroom, but also during clinicals, will benefit me greatly, as I embark on my future career as a RN.
       I can say without a doubt, that the quality of the Tech nursing program is impeccable. I would encourage anyone who is serious about pursuing a nursing career, to make LA Tech's nursing program, their choice. It won't be easy, but the sacrifice will be worth it. As graduation approaches and I look back over the obstacles I over came, I know I could not have come this far without the assistance of God and the excellent instructors who have helped me "stay the course." As I get ready to embark on a new chapter in my life, I can honestly say, I am optimistic about what my future holds






Upper Level Division


Julie Jobe


Julie Jobe 

My name is Julie Jobe and I am from Shreveport, Louisiana.  I graduated from Caddo Magnet High School in 2012, and had visited Louisiana Tech one time and immediately fell in love. I knew it was the right place for me, and it surely has been these past 4 years.   I have such a great love for this university, and Ruston has become a second home to me.  After deciding to pursue a nursing degree, I knew Louisiana Tech was the only place I could see myself attending. 

Nursing provides opportunity to experience many different fields in health care, and this is what drew my attention.   After completing a quarter of Maternal and Newborn Care, I found my passion for this area of nursing and I know this is the direction I would like to go.  My decision to pursue a career in nursing has been one of the best decisions yet.  The nursing program at Louisiana Tech is filled with wonderful instructors that have equipped me with a wealth of knowledge for my future, and I couldn’t be more thankful.   Nursing school, my clinical experience, and working as a Nurse Tech, have not only challenged me, but also have given me the confidence needed to step out into the nursing world after graduating.   With graduation quickly approaching, I look forward to seeing what my future as an RN holds.   


 Lower Level Division


Daniel Nickeson


DanielNHello all, my name is Daniel Nickeson. I am originally from Lorain, Ohio. After I graduated from high school, I joined the Navy and began my military career. I had a 5 year hiatus from the navy after my first 4 year enlistment, during which time I went through the LPN program in Pensacola, Florida. In 1997 I re-enlisted in the military. I never had a chance to use my medical training, but, it was always bouncing around in the back of my mind.  I retired from the Navy in 2013 after 20 years of service.

   Flash forward a couple years, I found myself attending LA Tech enrolled in the Studio Arts program and I started looking into nursing programs. I began to compare all the options here in northern Louisiana. I knew in my heart that Tech was where I wanted to go. I applied to a few places and waited. I got accepted into another program, and then got into the program here at Tech. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to begin my nursing adventure (again).

  I was worried about being an older student. Would I be able to keep up with all that reading and studying? Would I be the only person not fresh out of high school? Would my years of military experience help or not?  To say I was a little anxious was an understatement. 

  After my first quarter in the program I am pleased to say “so far, so good”.  I won’t say it’s easy, but, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has been so awesome to meet so many new people.  The nursing faculty has helped us reach out of our comfort zones and encouraged us as we began the program here at Tech.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds on this path towards becoming a RN.