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Meet Our RN-to-BSN Faculty

A critical component of any esteemed institution of higher education is its faculty—and Loyola University New Orleans takes pride in having some of the best educators around. All full-time faculty in the School of Nursing hold a doctoral degree and have expertise in the courses they teach.

Our professors are passionate about teaching and place a great deal of value in creating a stimulating learning environment that fosters both creativity and critical thought. With a hands-on curriculum, personal interaction with students, and a culture grounded in Jesuit values, graduates from this program are well prepared to grow and advance their careers in the field of nursing.

Dr. Lisa Authement - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member

Lisa Russo Authement, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Assistant Professor

Dr. Authement has been teaching since 2010, and working as an FNP since 2007, performing health assessments to non-emergent patients, establishing a diagnoses and care plan and ensuing follow up for patients at hospitals, clinics, long-term acute-care facilities, and nursing homes.

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Loyola nursing faculty Toussaint Battley

Toussaint Battley, DNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Dr. Battley has taught on the undergraduate level, both in the classroom and online, since 2010. He has a love for Informatics and is certified as an EPIC super user, providing training to healthcare providers at various healthcare facilities to better enable them to navigate the electronic health record environment.

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Loyola nursing faculty Debra Berger

Debra Berger, JD, DNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Dr. Berger has practiced in a primary care NP since 2000. She is currently working toward developing a wound practice for her Loyola faculty practice. She also practices law part time, limiting her practice to physician contract law.

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Dr. Adrienne Bethancourt - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member

Adrienne Bethancourt, DNS, APRN, RN

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bethancourt's current research is focused on equine therapy and rehabilitation at Harmony Acres, Rehabilitation Center in Colorado as she and a colleague teach families and professionals who work with children who have disabilities to heal through physical and emotional therapy on horses.

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Loyola nursing faculty Kim Brannagan

Kim Brannagan, PhD, RN, MBA, BS Ed

Assistant Professor

Dr. Brannagan is an Assistant Professor in Nursing and coordinator for the RN-to-BSN and MSN-HCSM programs. She has more than 15 years as a nurse educator and school nurse administrator, teaching master's level finance, management practicum, research, advanced population health.

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Dr. Mary Burke - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member

Mary Burke, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Professor

Dr. Mary Burke received her PhD in Adult Education from Louisiana State University, and her MS in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her nursing career focused on surgical and emergency medicine, and she has been teaching since 1995.

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Loyola nursing faculty Debra Copeland

Debra Copeland, DNS, RN

Associate Professor

Dr. Copeland teaches many courses in the RN-BSN program, including Nursing Leadership & Promotion of Quality Care, Spirituality in Health and Illness, Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice, and Population Health.

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Dr. Emily Eiswirth - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member

Emily Eiswirth, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP

Assistant Professor

As a nurse educator, Dr. Eiswirth has given presentations on numerous topics including continuing education for the nurse practitioner, nursing residency programs, treating common bites and burns, osteoarthritis, weight management, and end of life care differences in races.

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D. Michele Ellis - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member

D. Michele Ellis, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ellis also extends her professional services to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Curriculum Committee, of which she is also a member. Additionally, Dr. Ellis currently coordinates and maintains updates to the hospital’s Orientation Moodle site; and is a mentor and preceptor for graduate students.

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Laurie Anne Ferguson, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-C, CPNP

Interim Director & Associate Professor

Dr. Ferguson currently serves as the interim director of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing. She is certified as an Adult, Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings in the NP role including ER, Occupational Health and Primary Care.

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Dr. Jeannie Harper - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member

Jeannie Harper, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jeannie Harper received her PhD in Adult Education from Louisiana State University and her MS and BS in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her nursing career and current research focuses on women’s health and obstetrics.

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Dr. Warren Herbert - Loyola’s New Orleans University Nursing Faculty Member

Warren Hebert, DNP, RN, CAE

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hebert currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Community Health Accreditation Partners (CHAP) — which accredits more home health and hospice providers than Joint Commission — and as a Senior Advisor to the Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross.

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Loyola nursing faculty Cynthia Langford

Cynthia Langford, PhD, MSN

Associate Professor

Dr. Langford teaches many courses in the DNP program and has more than 30 years as a nursing educator. Dr. Langford has precepted, taught, and mentored students in the disciplines of education, rehabilitation counseling, nursing, and nurse practitioning.

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Loyola nursing faculty Mary Oriol

Mary Oriol, DrPH, RN

Associate Professor

Dr. Oriol has extensive experience in leadership positions in health care organizations and in nursing education. Her research and publications focus on online teaching and learning, hospital safety, home health, and organizational behavior.

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Loyola nursing faculty Patricia Pearce

Patricia Pearce, MPH, MSN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP

Dean & Associate Professor

Dr. Pearce currently serves as dean of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Graduate and Professional Studies, where she also teaches in the DNP Program. She has precepted, taught and mentored staff nurses, nurse practitioners, and students at BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD levels.

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Loyola nursing faculty Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Peterson has more than 17 years as a nurse, including 5 as a nurse educator, where her expertise is in research methods, theories of organizational behavior, and human resource management as related to nursing.

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Jane Savage, PhD, RN, LCCE, FACCE, CNE

Associate Professor

Jane S. Savage has a clinical background in mental health nursing and nursing care of childbearing women. Currently she serves as a co-investigator of a NIH RO3 funded study examining models of prenatal care, stress reduction, and the experience of disaster recovery.

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