Nursing wins the Nightingale Award, presented by the Louisiana State Nurses Association in Baton Rouge.

On Saturday, January 31, 2009 the Louisiana Nurse Foundation and Louisiana State Nurses Association hosted the eighth Annual Nightingale Program. The event attracted nearly 500 attendees with over 80 nominees representing a variety of healthcare institutions and schools of nursing across the state. The Nightingale Awards Gala is a time when the nursing profession honors its own. The program is the “academy awards” which recognizes quality service, commitment and excellence for Registered Nurses in a variety of categories.

The achievements of Florence Nightingale, for whom the awards are named, serve as the standards upon which they are based. Her philosophies are seen today in the art and science of holistic nursing practice, education, and research. To be nominated is truly an honor! In order to assure that the selection of the recipient of the award was unbiased, the applications and criteria for each category were sent to out-of-state judges. Each award entry was scored by the judges using a Lykert Scale ranking system. Entries were coded to ensure confidentiality and returned to a single tally official.

This year, in the category “Nursing School of the Year” the University of Louisiana College of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals was chosen. The selection in this category was based on the award criteria which include: comments of graduates; comments of graduates’ employers; comments of faculty; first-time passage rate on NCLEX-RN; accreditation status; activity of alumni association; support of student organization; and innovations in education/teaching. Dr. Gail Poirrier, Dean of the school accepted the award on behalf of the faculty and staff.

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