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Student of the Year and Other Honors Awarded to LSU Health New Orleans Nursing Students

October 20, 2020

Kristina Rigterink at LASN 2020 Virtual Convention

Students at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing were honored and elected to leadership positions during the 66th Annual Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN) Virtual Convention.

Kristina Rigterink was named Student of the Year. Christina Hebert was re-elected President of the LASN Board of Directors.

LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing was also awarded Best Instagram Page to Camryn Jolly, Most Newsletter Submissions, and Greatest Number of Student Nurses Association Members in Louisiana.

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The following students were awarded scholarships.

Shanna Utterback -- Diversity Enrichment Scholarship

Claire Wingerter -- Academic Excellence Scholarship

Duaa Hashm -- Truxillo Memorial Scholarship

Katlyn Brown -- Stephanie Payne Memorial Scholarship

Kristina Rigterink -- Nightingale Beyond the Call Scholarship

LASN 2020 Virtual Convention Duaa Hashm
The following students have also been elected to the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses Board of Directors.
LASN 2020 Viirtual Convention Katlyn Brown
Ne’Ja Sanders was elected Secretary.

Brittany Gorman was re-elected Treasurer.

Alexis Thibodeaux was elected Breakthrough to Nursing (BTN) Director.

Tiffany West was elected Parliamentarian.

Katlyn Brown was elected Fundraising Coordinator.

Camryn Jolly was elected IT Director.

“Our LSU Health New Orleans nursing students are dedicated to achieving excellence in their academic studies and their service to the profession and community,” said Dr. Demetrius Porche, Professor and Dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. “Our students’ dedication to our nursing school and community is evident in the honors received at the LSNA Virtual Convention.”

The Louisiana Association of Student Nurses is a statewide community enabling the transition of the student to professional nursing through leadership, education, mentorship, and stewardship. Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of all people by preparing future leaders and scholars in the health sciences.

LSU Health New Orleans nursing student, Christina Hebert

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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