Adrienne Bethancourt, DNS, APRN, RN

Assistant Professor
Doctor Adrienne Bethancourt
Career Highlights
  • Experience as Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, Director of RN to BSN Program, author for multiple courses, course coordinator and faculty for courses from PN to graduate level nursing International/Global health nursing and medical mission founder and coordinator in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Jamaica for over 10 years
  • Teaching in management practicum, population health in graduate program. Developing and teaching Issues in Professional Nursing, Spirituality in health Care, and International/Global health nursing courses in RN to BSN program
  • Research interests are in international nursing, Chagas disease, Human trafficking, and qualitative topics

Dr. Adrienne Bethancourt received her Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS) and Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans and her BSN in Nursing from St. Louis University. She has worked as a nurse educator for over 30 years at all levels in nursing, from PN to Graduate Courses, and loves teaching and learning. Her specialty areas are Neonatal, Pediatric, Leadership and Management, and Global Health/ International Nursing. She has also taken course work in the Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program but is focusing on international mission work and research areas of interest currently.

Dr. Bethancourt has taught in the community at the state and local levels in crises centers, home care, out-reach medical centers, public health offices, a variety of childcare centers, elementary and high schools, and family programs, as well as with the National Safety Council. She has expertise on many subjects and has taught in on Global health, Child & Family health topics, pediatric first aid, medication administration, safety, PALS, ACLS, NALS, CPR, communicable diseases, and growth development of infants and children, to name a few.

Dr. Bethancourt secured over a million dollars in grants between 2002 and 2010. This includes securing over $100,000 for Fletcher Technical Community College (FTCC) as the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health to advance students’ learning with technology by creating a new mobile computer lab and using iClickers in the classroom.

She wrote and chaired a grant for $265,000/year for four years for the Department of Health and Hospitals and hired three nurses to conduct monthly home visits with new teenage mothers. She also garnered a grant for $151,000 for Nicholls State University to provide training for childcare workers and centers in conjunction with the National Safety Council Educator.

Her current research is focused on human trafficking prevention and intervention. She has also worked on equine therapy for children with disabilities at Harmony Acres, a Rehabilitation Center in Colorado whose purpose is to help those children heal through physical and emotional therapy on horses.

As a nurse educator, Dr. Bethancourt actively teaches and provides service to the community. She’s served as the director of the RN-to-BSN program at Colorado Mesa University, the lead faculty member and course creator at Loyola University, New Orleans, the Dean of Nursing at Allied Health at FTTC, and Course Coordinator and Endowed Chair at Nicholls State University.

She serves as a Eucharistic Minister for St. Joseph and St. Frances De Sales Catholic Churches and was a marriage –prep leader. She also served the youth rally, “Steubenville on the Bayou” as chair of First Aid for 8 years. She was a faculty facilitator for “Diabetes Counts,” a program for Type 1 diabetic children and their families, as a consultant and board member of The Haven, a women and children’s shelter, for a variety of health-promotion activities with YMCA youth programs, and she has given many guest lecturers for churches and schools.

She is the current executive board member of Xi Psi chapter at-large, past president of Nu Kappa Chapter and Xi Zeta Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (STTI).

She has given numerous podium and poster presentations at state, national and international organizations on a variety of topics such as, “Go Somewhere, Do Something: International Service Learning Experiences of Nursing Students” and “Opportunity Out of Disaster: Reflections on Katrina”. Dr. Bethancourt served as a founder of annual nursing/medical mission trips with nursing and other students to Nicaragua, Guatemala, and as faculty leader for a Jamaica mission trip to serve the destitute and marginalized individuals in those countries.

Dr. Bethancourt has obtained numerous certifications, most recently Drug Prevention — Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Suicide Prevention — Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

“I mentor nurses as leaders and change agents by encouraging grant writing and professional research endeavors.”

“I promote nursing as a service-leadership profession and scholarly discipline through research and educational pursuits. I mentor nurses as leader and change agents by encouraging grant writing and professional research endeavors. I promote service learning, cultural diversity, altruism, and mentorship through global nursing and international health care efforts. I strive to foster compassionate, meaningful, and efficacious learning opportunities for nurses and nursing students.”

Courses Taught

NURS 752 Health Care Systems Practicum
NURS 732 Population Health Management
NURS 482 Issues in Professional Nursing
NURS 384 Spirituality in Health and Illness
NURS 732 Population Health
NURS 704 Advanced Role Integration
NURS 709 Legal & Ethical Issues


DNS, Louisiana State University Medical Center
MSN, Louisiana State University Medical Center
BSN, St. Louis University