Department/Program: Nursing and Allied Health
Patricia M. Prechter, Ed.D., Professor of Nursing Department/Program: Nursing and Allied HealthPatricia M. Prechter, R.N., M.S.N., Ed.D., Professor of Nursing, Provost; Chair of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health. Dr. Prechter came to Our Lady of Holy Cross in 1982. She was one of four nursing faculty who wrote the nursing curriculum. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and appointed Dean and Professor in 2004. In July 2008, she was named Associate Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of Nursing and Allied Health. In 2011 she was named Interim Provost and Chair of Nursing and Allied Health. In 2012 she was named Provost and Chair of Nursing and Allied Health. She has over thirty-five years of nursing experience. She began her nursing career on an acute pediatric unit. Her masters 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. In 2009 she was appointed by Governor Jindal to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. She was named a trustee on the Boards of Trustees of Baptist Community Ministries and the Christian Health Ministries in 2008. She was nominated as one of New Orleans Citi Business 2006 Women of the Year. She was selected to be a Program Evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, June 2006 and she was commissioned as a member of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, June 2006. She was awarded the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Foundation Endowed Professorship III, August, 2003 and the Notre Dame Class of 56 Endowed Professorship II in 2009. She has been elected into Who's Who American Teachers, several times. She was elected into Kappa Gamma Pi, Xi Psi Chapter at large, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Theta Epsilon, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Delta Kappa. She was a Great One Hundred Nurse. She has written, reviewed and edited for numerous Prentice-Hall, Western Schools, and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. She is a member of numerous professional organizations. 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 she 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.
B.S.N. University of Mississippi
M.S.N. University of Alabama with a major in pediatrics (clinical- pediatrics and functional - clinical specialization);
Ed.D. University of New Orleans with a major in curriculum and instruction
Primary Teaching Areas: Health Assessment; Fundamentals; Maternal-Child Nursing
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