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.

Doctor Lisa Authement

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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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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Doctor Adrienne Bethancourt

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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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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Doctor Mary Burke

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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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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Amrita Datta

Amrita Datta

Assistant Professor

Dr. Datta joins the adjunct faculty at Loyola with an extensive career in research and teaching and a desire to push advancements in cancer diagnostics and treatments forward. Dr. Datta’s research focus includes role of vesicle biology, particularly exosomes in Cancer, Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms as Cancer Biomarkers.

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Doctor Emily Eiswirth

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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Doctor Michele Ellis

D. Michele Ellis, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Dr. D. Michele Ellis received her Ph.D. in nursing with a focus on nursing education in 2013 from the University of Northern Colorado. She received her MS degree in nursing education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2004, and began teaching shortly thereafter.

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Laurie Anne Ferguson

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

Dean of College & 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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Doctor Jeannie Harper

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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Doctor Warren Herbert

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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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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