LA Tech Nursing News


Donna G. Hood, Ph.D., RN
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Fourteen students and three Nursing Advisors represented the Louisiana Tech University SNA Chapter at the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN) 2017 Annual Convention in Baton Rouge October 5-8, 2017. The LASN Board for 2016-17 included Division of Nursing graduate Caleb Faul, President, current Division nursing students Region I Director Casey Henley, Historian, Jayln' Hampton, and Professor Tanya Sims as Presidential Consultant.
LASN 2016-17 Presidential Consultant Tanya Sims was a speaker to the Council of Student Leaders on Successful Leadership. SNA Faculty Advisor Sarah McVay served as a speaker on Pediatric Nursing, and Professor Nancy Darland was an invited speaker on Legal Testimony for Nurses.
Louisiana Tech University was honored with four LASN Awards at the Convention: Best Representation of SNA Activities, The Image of Nursing Award, SNA Chapter with the Most Community Health Projects, and Best Creative SNA Scrapbook.
SNA member Kirsten Jackson was the recipient of the LASN Academic Scholarship.
Two Louisiana Tech University Nursing Students were elected to the LASN Board for the upcoming year. Victoria Self was elected as 2017-2018 Region 1 LASN Director, and Casey Henley was elected for 2017-2018 LASN Parliamentarian.











Studying is not the only thing La Tech Nursing students do together. Shout out to the awesome volleyball intramural team "Spiking IVs" Here are some of the players thoughts about getting involved with something outside of nursing school:


"I needed an outlet for the endless hours of studying- and hey! We keep winning so that's a plus !- Casey

"You know what's harder than spiking IV's? Making it to practice at 9am on a Saturday !- Jaylin'

"Spiking IVs is the best team to see on your roster. We can provide medical attention if necessary; plus, there's no uncertainty when playing us, we're going to win! 2-0 !!"- Hunter

"The nursing intramural volleyball team is a great way for students from all course levels and even faculty to interact and get to know each other."- Marshall









Congratulations to Tanya Sims, RN, MSN, Professor as the College of Applied and Natural Sciences 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year


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We are proud to announce that Tanya Sims, RN, MSN, Professor is currently serving as the Presidential Consultant to the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN) for 2017


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August 28th 2017, Melissa Madden joined a small number of international fellows in completing the 12 month International Association of Clinical Simulation Fellowship. The fellowship targeted professional simulation instructors with a comprehensive, immersion experience and a focused mentorship program. The curriculum incorporated coursework from the CAE Healthcare Essentials of Simulation (EOS) training course and the INACSL Standards of Best Practice for Simulation. At the completion of the fellowship, participants are able to demonstrate mastery of the INACSL Standards of Best Practice for Simulation and successfully incorporate them into their simulations.

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Nursing 110 students involved in interactive hands-on-learning simulating the challenges of daily living for older adults with sensory deficits.





Congradulations to Dr. Tara Haskins awarded as 2017 Extra Mile Region 8 Mental Health Educator of the Year.

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President Guice and Ms Carrie Conway Senior Program Officer for the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation joined several of our LPW Foundation scholarship recipients today for a luncheon. Thank you ANS Dean Gary Kennedy for making this possible. These students are excellent representatives for the Division of Nursing.







Congratulations to Armi Cahoy, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Hood! Mrs. Cahoy was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Debra L. Martin Award for Outstanding Staff Service. Thank you, Armi, for all that you do for the Division of Nursing!



Congratulations to Dr. Tara Haskins who was selected as Outstanding Faculty Advisor 2016 for the University. “We are so proud of this excellent recognition for Dr. Haskins. She is a great example of the student-centered faculty of the Division of Nursing,” Dr. Donna Hood.






Congratulations to our new Student Nurses Association Board Members.

Mackenzie Hendrix - President
Casey Henley - Vice President
Daniel Nickeson – Secretary

Melani Howard - Treasurer
Caley Pyles - Break Through to Nursing
Jalyn' Hampton - Historian
Chase Roberts - Parliamentarian

Faculty Advisors: Sarah McVay, Tanya Sims, and Melissa Madden




Congratulations to Patti McFadden, MSN, RN, SANE-A. Patti was honored with the ATI Nurse's Touch Award and was nominated by nursing alumni Shelby Yarbrough. This award recognizes outstanding educators for advising professionalism and interpersonal skills. John Brooks, ATI Vice President, came to La Tech campus and presented the award.


Thoughts and prayers go out for Nursing faculty member Major Yolanda Dudley-Hoof as she prepares for deployment. Thank you for all you do