SU School of Nursing earns big honor
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University School of Nursing has been recognized as the "Nursing School of the Year" in Louisiana for 2012. It is second time in the past three years that the nursing school has received the designation.
The award was presented by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation at its recent 11th Annual Nightingale Gala awards for nursing and healthcare.
Some of the criteria for selection as Nursing School of the Year includes first-time passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (or NCLEX-RN), innovation in education and teaching, accreditation status, and comments of graduates' employers.
The School of Nursing was selected in 2010 for the same award by the LSNA and LNF.
Southern Chancellor James L. Llorens said, "Our nursing program has long been one of the pillars of this institution. I congratulate the students and the faculty who consistently prove that we have one of the best nursing schools in the nation."
While SU's School of Nursing has a diverse enrollment, it is consistently listed as one of the top 10 producers of African-American undergraduate nurses in the nation.
The school plans to launch two new programs in fall 2012: the Doctorate in Nursing Practice; and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses who have an Associate Degree in Nursing.