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LSU Health Nursing Leader Now Leads N. O. District Nurses Association

Kendra M. Barrier, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, Assistant Dean for Student Services at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, became President of the New Orleans District Nurses Association (NODNA) on June 1, 2020.

The New Orleans District Nurses Association is the New Orleans district chapter of the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA), which is an affiliate of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

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Dr. Barrier is also an assistant professor of clinical nursing at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing and a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), certified by the National League for Nursing Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program.

She is the course coordinator of the Evaluation in Nursing Education in the Master’s program. She is also an instructor of Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC). She is certified as a SafeZone Trainer, Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 and 360: EQ-i2.0, and Emergenetics.

Barrier’s research interests and publication areas include simulation, emotional intelligence, and cultural competence. She has experience in emergency, intensive care, quality management, and school nursing.
Dr. Kendra M. Barrier
Barrier earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2000), and a Master of Science in Nursing (2009) from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing Education and Administration from Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing at William Carey University (2016).

LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing is the only nursing school in Louisiana within an academic health sciences center. It is also the only nursing school in Louisiana that offers four distinct academic degree programs – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Nursing Science. LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing is ranked the #8 nursing school in the U.S. and #3 among public nursing schools.

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