Letter from the Dean of The College of Graduate and Professional Studies

Loyola nursing dean Patricia Pearce

To current and future students of our online nursing programs,

Welcome to Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing. Regardless of the program that you are considering – the RN-to-BSN, RN-MSN, Masters of Science (Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, or Nurse Educator), or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master or Post-Baccalaureate) – faculty and staff work diligently to assure your educational journal is a positive experience that promotes your personal and professional growth. We partner with our students to explore issues and initiatives in the health care system, and encourage students to lead and change the system. Our graduates are actively engaged, and successful, in practice, teaching, service, and scholarship arenas that integrate practice to policy, bedside to boardroom.

Our online programs support the best of all worlds – you will experience learning facilitated with easy to navigate technology that promotes learning from a distance, while connecting you with other students and faculty who are geographically distant. Some students come to campus, and others do not necessarily – but campus is always there for students, even with distance technology as a backbone of course delivery. You will join students at Loyola who hail from all 50 U. S. states and beyond and represent a wide array of experience and background. This overall diversity supports a rich collage of local, regional, and national experience, and contributes to innovative, creative thinking. Through the educational experience at Loyola, faculty and students alike gain expanded worldviews and collegial relationships that are lasting through our professional lives.

Your educational experience at Loyola will be transformative – the experiences will expand your horizons and deepen your knowledge and commitment to nursing and those we serve, and for whom we are entrusted to care. The experience you bring to your education will also be leveraged as the foundation on which you will build further goals and endeavors – our Jesuit tradition and mission embraces the individual and the foundation the individual brings. Whether you choose to practice with individual patients as a Family Nurse Practitioner, as a staff nurse in an acute care facility, clinic, population-based health management, organization, or as a manager or executive in any venue, your educational experience will influence the substantive professional contribution and experience you will bring to your work. The work you do will enhance health care design and delivery to assure quality, cost effective and appropriately accessible care.

We work with you. Faculty and students work together at Loyola to facilitate learning and experiences that support generation of innovative and creative practice, and systems initiatives that influence patient care and health overall. We challenge you to become a nursing leader, prepared with the best, with the next step being in to your educational plan with Loyola University New Orleans, School of Nursing.

Patricia F. Pearce, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP
Interim Dean & Associate Professor
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Graduate and Professional Studies