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White Coat Ceremony for Physician Assistant Class of 2018

Family members, friends, and University faculty and staff gathered on April 1 to honor the Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2018 during the program's White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony is a “rite of passage” for students as they begin their clinical phase.

During the ceremony, Dr. Susan Steele-Moses, Interim Dean of the School of Health Professions, and a chosen family member cloaked each student in their first white coat.

The white coat traditionally symbolizes the promise to heal and to care for each and every patient. For our students, the white coat also represents our University’s core values - to serve others "with joyfulness of spirit, and with humility and justice for all those entrusted to our care."

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 


Alumnus Named 2016 Nightingale Award Recipient

Congratulations to Andrea Normand, class of 1970, who was named the Registered Nurse of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.

When Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana decided to open a pediatric ER, they chose Normand as its first nurse manager, and she remains there today, serving as a role model to everyone she makes contact with.

In 2009, Our Lady of the Lake College recognized Normand as one of its ‘85 Who Have Made a Difference.’ Her nomination stated “During the time she was Pediatric ER Manager, her unit saw exemplary patient and employee satisfaction ratings. Ms. Normand has mentored hundreds, maybe thousands, of nurses and doctors, serving as a role model to everyone she has made contact with along the way . . . She has always set the tone for nursing excellence by simply being on shift and setting an example.”


Faculty Spotlight:  Five Honored by BR District Nurses Association

The Baton Rouge District Nurses Association honored several Our Lady of the Lake College nursing faculty with awards for their excellence in nursing, their professionalism and for encouraging the development of fellow nurses. Congratulations to these exceptional nurses and educators: (left to right)

  • Francine Thomas, PhD, RN to BSN Director
  • Nicole Scott, MSN, Instructor, School of Nursing
  • Lindsey Mullins, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Mandy Broussard, DNP, MSNA, Assistant Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia program
  • Dusty ‘Cole’ Pourciau, MSNA, Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia program

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