University of Holy Cross

Nursing Faculty

Anita Althans

Anita Althans, RNC, BSN, MSN
Associate Professor 

Education 
M.S.N. University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
B.S.N. University of Texas, Arlington

Professional Associations
Sigma Theta Tau
WHONN, the National Association for Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Publications
She has co-authored a test bank for the 7th edition of Olds and London's Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women's Health Care. She has received honorariums for reviewing book proposals as well.

Courses
NURS 200 Dimensions of Professional Nursing
NURS 205 Health Assessment
NURS 300 Maternal Child Nursing
NURS 420 Community Health Nursing


 

Valerie Anderson

Valerie Anderson, RN, MN

Assistant Professor

Education
BSN Our Lady of Holy Cross College
MN Louisiana State University

Professional Experience
Ms. Anderson has been a registered nurse for over eleven years. She has clinical experience with the pediatric acute and newborn population. Her experiences include the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), pediatric emergency, nursery and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She also has over 10 years experience orienting new graduates and new employees to the PICU and NICU.

Courses
Nursing 300: Maternal Child Nursing
Nursing 205: Health Assessment
Nursing 203: Fundamentals of Nursing


 

Janae Arcement

Janaé Lemons Arcement
Assistant Professor 

Education
M.S.N., PNP Vanderbilt University
B.S.N. Our Lady of Holy Cross College

Professional Experience
Ms. Arcement has been a registered nurse for over fifteen years. A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care, since 2006. Ms. Arcement also maintains a clinical nursing practice.

Professional Organizations
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing
Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society

Courses
Nursing 200: Dimensions of Professional Nursing
Nursing 205: Health Assessment
Nursing 300: Maternal Child Nursing
Nursing 420: Community Health Nursing


Kathleen DiMaggio

Kathleen DiMaggio, RN, MSN

Assistant Professor

Education
M.S.N. Loyola University
B.S.N. University of Holy Cross

Professional Experience
Professor DiMaggio has practiced nursing for 20 years in various settings including, hospital, home health, case management, quality improvement, disease management and has served as director of nursing in the home health setting and in the area of intermediate care and developmental disabilities. Her specialty area is medical surgical nursing, adult care, and management.

Professional Organizations
Member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society – Xi Psi Chapter
Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society
Nightingale Society
American Nurses Association
New Orleans District Nurses Association
Medical Surgical Nursing Association

Courses
NURS 200 Dimensions of Professional Nursing
NURS 308 Nursing III Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 400 Nursing IV Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 402 Perspectives in Nursing

Publications
Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach 7th ED Co-Author in: McCuistion, L., DiMaggio-Vuljoin, K., Wilson, M., Yeager, J., Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach (7th ed). Saunders:Elsivier


Raquel Engolio

Raquel Engolio, M.S.N., C.P.N.

Assistant Professor

Education
M.S.N. University of South Alabama
B.S.N. Our Lady of Holy Cross College

Professional Experience
Ms. Engolio has been a registered nurse for over 15 years. She has been teaching at the University of Holy Cross since 2007. Her experience primarily involves working with acutely ill pediatric populations. She holds a CPN certification as a pediatric nurse. Her CPN credentials were awarded through the national Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Her experience includes acute pediatric medical-surgical, pediatric intensive care, pediatric emergency room, and intermediate care of the neonates. She has experience working as a preceptor for newly employed nurses and with student nurses on pediatric units.

Professional Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society
Society of Pediatric Nurses
American Nurses Association

Courses
Coordinator of the Clinical Nursing Skills Laboratory
Nursing 300, Nursing Care of Childbearing Women and Children
Nursing 203, Fundamentals of Nursing


Melissa Gelpi

Instructor

Education
MSN University of South Alabama
BSN Our Lady of Holy Cross College
BS Biology Our Lady of Holy Cross College

Professional Experience
Ms. Gelpi has worked as a maternal-child nurse for 5 years. She has experience in labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn nursery. She is certified in inpatient obstetrics.

Courses
NURS 300 Maternal Child Nursing
NURS 420 Community Health Nursing


Amy Herbert

Amy Hebert, RN, B.S.N.

Assistant Professor

Education
MSN currently enrolled University of Phoenix
B.S.N. Nicholls State University

Professional Experience
Ms. Hebert has been a registered nurse for over fourteen years. Her experience primarily involves pediatric populations in multiple settings. Her experience includes pediatric intensive care, pediatric emergency room care, pediatric acute care, community adolescent health, and intermediate care of the newborn. She has experience managing the medical side of an adolescent school-based health center, has been a preceptor for new employees within the pediatric intensive care unit, and nursing students while in their community health rotations.

Professional Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau International
American Nurses Association
Society of Pediatric Nurses
National League for Nursing

Courses
Nursing 300, Maternal Child Nursing
Nursing 203, Fundamentals of Nursing
Nursing 200, Dimensions of Professional Nursing


Antoinette Jefferson

Antoinette Jefferson Ph.D., MSN, RN
Associate Professor

Education
Ph.D. Hampton University
M.S.N. Loyola University
B.S.N. Our Lady of Holy Cross College

Professional Experience
Antoinette Jefferson has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years with 10 years of clinical experience in the pediatric population, and 12 years in nursing education. Her dissertation topic title is “The Impact of Childhood Diabetes Mellitus in Low-Income African American Families”.

Professional Organizations
National League for Nursing
American Nurses Association
New Orleans District Nurses Association
Xi Psi Chapter at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International
Golden Key International Honor Society
Cambridge Who’s Who
Louisiana Great One Hundred Nurses

Courses
NURS 203 Foundations of Nursing
NURS 300 Maternal Child Nursing


Monica Johnson

Associate Professor

Education
ASN Charity-Delgado School of Nursing
BSN University of Phoenix
MSN/MBA University of Phoenix
DNP Loyola University New Orleans

Professional Experience
Dr. Johnson has been a registered nurse for 22 years working in the areas of adult orthopedics and medical surgical nursing. Dr. Johnson has worked for both West Jefferson Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital on medical surgical and orthopedic units. She has also worked as Director of Nursing of a nursing home and Supervisor of the Orthopedic Unit at East Jefferson General Hospital. Most recently, Dr. Johnson was the Clinical Educator of the Acute Care Division at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Awards and Honors
2010 Louisiana State Nurse’s Association Nightingale Award Nominee- Educator of the Year
2011 Honoree for Great 40 Team Member East Jefferson General Hospital
2011 Selected as a Great 100 Nurse for state of Louisiana
2011 Louisiana State Nurse’s Association Nightingale Award Nominee- Mentor of the Year
2014- Recipient Hotel Dieu Alumni Association Lois Ray Memorial Scholarship

Professional Organizations
American Nurses Association (ANA) member
Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing-President 2011-2013, current President elect
Louisiana State Nurses Association- member
New Orleans District Nurses Association- member
Charity School of Nursing Alumni Association- member
Sigma Theta Tau- National Nursing Honor Society- member
National Association of Orthopedic Nurses- member

Courses
NURS 307 Evidence Based nursing Practice
NURS 308 Nursing III Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 400 Nursing IV Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 401 Nursing Leadership and Management


Michelina Kite

Associate Professor

Education
MN Louisiana State University Medical Center
BSN Northwestern Louisiana State University

Professional Experience
Ms. Kite has extensive experience as a nurse educator, teaching in the Baccalaureate Nursing Programs at Louisiana State University and Our Lady of the Lake College. She has clinical experience as a nurse in acute care mental health facilities and also in community health areas. In 2012 she completed a year long fellowship at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. In March 2015, she presented a poster on Impact of Culturally Informed Community Assessment to Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She currently works part- time as a home health nurse caring for patients with mental illness.

Courses
NURS 307 Evidence based nursing Practice
NURS 400 Nursing IV Mental Health Nursing
NURS 401 Nursing leadership and Management
NURS 420 Community Health Nursing


Glenn Landry, MSN, RN

Glenn Landry, MSN, RN

Associate Professor

Education
MSN University of South Alabama, College of Nursing
BS University of Southern Mississippi
Diploma, Touro Infimary School of Nursing

Professional Experience
Mr. Landry has been a registered nurse for over 30 years with his clinical expertise being in adult critical care and management/leadership. His graduate studies included working with acutely ill and critically ill adults following the nursing education track. While at South Alabama, he was awarded the Academic Excellence award. His experience includes working as a staff nurse in ICU as well as management experience where he was the director of ICU/ER/Telemetry/Med‐surg. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

Professional Associations
Sigma theta Tau national Nursing Honor society
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
National League for Nursing

Courses
NURS 307 Evidence-based Nursing Practice
NURS 308 Nursing III Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 400 Nursing IV Critical Care Nursing
NURS 401Nursing Leadership and Management


Georganna Leavesley

Georganna Leavesley, PhD, MSN, RN

Instructor

Education
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of Houston
M.A. Clinical Psychology University of Houston
M.S.N. University of Texas at Austin
B.S.N. Texas Christian University

Professional Experience
Dr. Leavesley over forty years of experience as a clinician, in hospital settings and gerontological centers, both medical/surgical and mental health. She has eighteen years of experience as a clinical psychologist, in inpatient and outpatient settings and as a private practitioner of outpatient therapy. Her specialty areas are in gerontology and depression.

Professional Associations
American Psychological Association
Louisiana Psychological Association

Courses
NURS 400 Nursing IV Mental Health Nursing
NURS 420 Community Health Nursing


Delinda Martin

Delinda Martin, RN, MSN, DNP, CPE

Associate Professor

Education
D.N.P. University of South Alabama
M.S.N. University of Southern Mississippi
B.S.N. Loyola University
A.D.N. Southwest Mississippi Community College

Professional Experience
Dr. Martin has over 31 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse, with nineteen years in nursing education. She is a Certified Patient Educator, credentialed through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Dr. Martin's doctoral study focused on quality improvement in health care and clinical practice specific to health literacy and medication management.

Professional Organizations
Organization of Patient Educators
American Nurses Association
Louisianan State Nurses Association - District 5
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Xi Psi Chapter, Faculty Counselor

Courses
NURS 400 Nursing IV Mental Health Nursing
NURS 401 Nursing Leadership and Management
NURS 402 Perspectives in Nursing
NURS 420 Community Health Nursing

Publications/Presentations
Improving Medication Management Among At-Risk Older Adults - CE Offering
Journal of Gerontological Nursing, June 2012



Marie McGregor

Marie McGregor, M.S.N., APRN

Assistant Professor

Education
M.S.N. University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama
B.S.N. Northwestern State University

Professional Experience
Professor McGregor has been a registered nurse for over 40 years with an emphasis in Adult Health Nursing and specialty in Oncology nursing, and Wound, Ostomy, Continence nursing (WOCN). She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a clinical nurse specialist. As a Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse she maintained a private practice, Enterostomal Therapy Consultants for five years. She is also a legal nurse consultant. Her graduate studies are in adult-health nursing with a focus in oncology. As part of her graduate studies she attended Stanford University's clinical specialty program in enterostomal therapy nursing. She has worked in many areas in medical-surgical nursing and has a wide range of clinical and leadership experiences.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Louisiana Army National Guard, she served 30 years as an army nurse in various positions; head nurse, chief nurse, and training officer. During Desert Storm she served as head nurse of an intensive care ward in a mobile army surgical unit set up in Iraq.

Professional Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
American Nurses Association
National League for Nursing
National Student Nurses' Association (sustaining member)
New Orleans District Nursing Association
Oncology Nurses Society
New Orleans Oncology Nurses
American Cancer Society
Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society

Courses
NURS 205 Health Assessment
NURS 308 Nursing III Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 400 Nursing IV Medical Surgical Nursing



Faye Mitchell

Faye A. Mitchell, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Education
Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi
M.N. Louisiana State University Medical Center
B.S.N. University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Professional Experience
Dr. Mitchell‘s clinical experiences were primarily in emergency room, psychiatric/mental health nursing, and multiple management and administrative nursing positions. She is a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health nursing. She was a Fellow at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs and a Graduate of Leadership Hancock County.

Professional Organizations
American Nurses Association
New Orleans District Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau International
American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Courses
NURS 355 Contemporary Issues in Nursing for RNs
NURS 360 Health Assessment for RN’s
NURS 372 Pathophysiology for RNs
NURS 385 Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice
NURS 455 Nursing Leadership & Decision Making
NURS 471 Community Health Nursing of Diverse Populations
NURS 481 Special Topics in Nursing

Publications
Dr. Mitchell’s dissertation was titled, "A study to determine the incidence and relationship of demographic variables and self-esteem to the impostor phenomenon among nurse educators".
Her masters’ project was titled “Recognizable behavioral indicators of the clinically dependent nurse who is actively using as identified by nurse manager in the workplace". She has co-authored several articles, co-written a book chapter, and been a reviewer of books and various publications.


Patricia M. Prechter, R.N., M.S.N., Ed.D.

Patricia M. Prechter, R.N., M.S.N., Ed.D.

Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health; Chair of the Department of Nursing

Biography
Patricia M. Prechter is a professor of nursing and is the Notre Dame Class of 56 I Endowed Professor at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Prechter holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of New Orleans, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a major in pediatrics (clinical-pediatrics and functional- clinical specialization) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Prechter joined the faculty at Our Lady of Holy Cross in 1982 as one of four nursing faculty who wrote the nursing curriculum. She has held several positions while at the College but was most recently named Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health and Chair of the Department of Nursing. She has over thirty-five years of nursing experience.
Dr. Prechter’s clinical experiences include working with the acutely ill pediatric populations. She began her nursing career on an acute pediatric unit. Her master’s thesis looked at The Effects of Planned Nursing Intervention on the Anxiety Level of Siblings of Children Diagnosed with Life-threatening Diseases and her dissertation research related to the Impact of Selected Variables on the Critical Thinking Skills of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.
Dr. Prechter is serving on the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for a second term. She is Chair of the Board for Baptist Community Ministries (BCM). She was nominated as one of New Orleans Citi Business 2006 Women of the Year. She is a Program Evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and she was commissioned as a member of the Louisiana Health Care Commission. She has been awarded the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Foundation Endowed Professorship III and the Notre Dame Class of 56 Endowed Professorship II. She has been elected into Who's Who American Teachers several times and she was a Great One Hundred Nurse.

Military Experience
Dr. Prechter was commissioned as an Army Nurse Corp officer in the Louisiana Army National Guard in 1978. She retired January 2008 as a Colonel, State Chief Nurse and Deputy Commander of Louisiana’s Medical Command. She was the first female Colonel in the Louisiana Army National Guard and retired as the highest ranking female in the Louisiana Army National Guard (LAARNG). She has received numerous army medals to include the four Army Achievement Medals, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Medal, Service in Southwest Asia Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Louisiana War Cross, four Army Commendation Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, five bronze fleur-de-lis and fifth bronze oak leaf cluster. She is a veteran of Desert Storm. She was awarded the Legion of Merit Award for meritorious service as the medical commander in the Louisiana Super Dome during Hurricane Katrina, June 2006. She is a charter member of Women in the Military Association.

Publications/Presentations
Dr. Prechter has written, reviewed and edited for numerous publishers to include Prentice-Hall, Western Schools, and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Coauthored a chapter in Nurses on the Front Line: When Disaster Strikes (1878-2010). The book was published by Springer Publishing Company. The title of the chapter was “A Tale of Two Shelters: A Katrina Story, 2005.”

Courses
NSG 203
NSG 205
NSG 403

Professional Organizations
American Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Xi Psi Chapter at Large
National League for Nursing
Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Xi Nu Chapter
Phi Delta Kappa
Kappa Gamma Pi
Kappa Delta Pi
Charter member Women in the Military Association


Amanda Smith, BSN, RN

Associate Professor

Education
MSN Currently enrolled Loyola University of New Orleans
B.S.N. Our Lady of Holy Cross College

Professional Experience
Ms. Smith has been a registered nurse for over eight years. She has extensive critical care experience, with a focus on the adult population. Ms. Smith also has post anesthesia care unit experience, which encompassed the care of pediatric and adult populations. She also holds nursing supervisory experience, with continued employment within our community. The experience she has attained, has allowed her to precept many of our nursing students in the hospital setting over the past six years.

Professional Organizations
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing

Courses
NURS 203 Foundations of Nursing
NURS 205 Health Assessment
NURS 400 Nursing IV Critical Care Nursing
NURS 401 Nursing Leadership and Management


Kristy Walgamotte Solis

Kristy Walgamotte Solis, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

Education
M.S.N. Loyola University New Orleans
B.S.N. Our Lady of Holy Cross College

Professional Experience
Ms. Solis has been a registered nurse for over 15 years with an emphasis in adult health specializing in oncology nursing. Her graduate studies included working with a vast population ranging from newborn to geriatrics, following the Family Nurse Practitioner track as her area of concentration.

Professional Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Kappa Gamma Pi Honors Society
American Nurses Association
National League for Nursing
National Student Nurses' Association (sustaining member)
New Orleans District Nursing Association

Courses
NURS 205 Health Assessment
NURS 308 Nursing III Medical surgical Nursing
NURS 400 Nursing IV Medical Surgical Nursing


Eileen Stoll

Eileen H. Stoll, RN, MSN, CCRN, CMSRN

Assistant Professor

Education
M.S.N. University of South Alabama, College of Nursing
B.S.N. University of South Alabama, College of Nursing
A.S.N. Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Nursing

Professional Experience
Ms. Stoll has been a registered nurse for over 25 years with her clinical expertise in adult critical care. Her graduate studies included working with acutely ill and critically ill adult patients following the Clinical Nurse Specialist track with adult health as the area of concentration. She was awarded the Leadership Award and Academic Excellence Award while in graduate school at the University of South Alabama. Ms. Stoll holds a certification in Adult Critical Care and Medical-Surgical Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Ms. Stoll presents professional workshops on care of the critically ill and acutely ill patient for registered nurses in New Orleans, throughout the state of Louisiana and at national conferences.

Professional Organizations
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
National League for Nursing
Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses

Courses
NURS 203 Foundations of Nursing
NURS 307 Evidence-based Nursing Practice
NURS 400 Nursing IV Critical Care Nursing


Penny Winfield

Penny Winfield, MSN, RNC

Assistant Professor 

Education
M.S.N. University of Phoenix
B.S.N. William Carey College of New Orleans

Professional Experience
Mrs. Winfield has 20 years of medical/surgical experience and 4 years of pediatric nursing. She has also served as a clinical instructor at Dillard University School of Nursing. She also served as a preceptor instructor for LSU Health Sciences. She was a clinical orientation instructor nurse on the medical surgical unit at East Jefferson General Hospital for 5 years. She was a Great 100 Nurse in 1994. Mrs. Winfield currently holds certification in Medical Surgical Nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She was a Basic Life Support Instructor, a Heart Saver First Aid Instructor and an ACLS Provider with the American Heart Association.

Professional Organizations
Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society
American Medical Surgical Nurses Association
Deep South Medical Surgical Nurses Association

Courses
NURS 203 Foundations of Nursing
NURS 300 Maternal Child Care Nursing
NURS 308 Nursing III Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 400 Nursing IV Medical Surgical Nursing



 
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