National agency honors SLU nursing program

The Southeastern Louisiana University consortium master’s degree in nursing program has been honored as one of the best graduate nursing programs in the United States for 2013-14, SLU official said last month.

The methodology used by MastersDegreeOnline.org for ranking master in nursing programs includes interviews with deans in the field, surveys of students and more. The rigor of the program, program reputation and previous graduate successes also play a large part in program ranking, they said.

Southeastern’s program is offered in a consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State University in Lake Charles and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

“The consortium has been recognized by the Board of Regents as a great example of cooperation and wise use of resources. The four universities work to achieve excellence in the outcomes of the graduates,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Our emphasis is on preparing nurses to be great clinicians and leaders in the field. Our graduate faculty use innovative teaching techniques and strategies to mentor students in the area of administration, education and advanced practice.”

The program offers concentrations leading to a master of science degree in family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, nurse executive and nurse educator. The program is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education.

“Online courses provide flexibility in learning,” Carruth said. “Our strength is that we offer on-site regional practicum and scholarship opportunities. This means our graduates are highly sought after for employment to meet the growing health care needs of the region.”

Southeastern’s undergraduate nursing program has received numerous awards in recent years, including three Louisiana Nursing Foundation Nightingale Awards for its undergraduate program and one this year for its graduate program. The school also operates a completely online RN to BS degree program that allows registered nurses with an associate’s degree or nursing diploma to complete courses leading to a bachelor of science degree.