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Department of Nursing Receives 2014 Nightingale Award

February 22 , 2014


Our Lady of Holy Cross College's Nursing Program received the prestigious Nightingale Award as 2014 Nursing School of the Year Entry Into Practice Program from the Louisiana State Nurses Association at an awards gala in Baton Rouge on Feb. 22. 

"OLHCC's Nursing Program has long been recognized as a leading program in the state, based on the high scores of our graduates on the national licensing examination," said President Ronald J. Ambrosetti, PhD.  "We congratulate our nursing faculty and students on this new honor, which confirms that our academic program and practice preparation are exceptional."

A national panel of knowledgeable judges made the award selection based on a variety of quality and innovation criteria, including passage rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

"OLHCC's Nursing Program has more than 900 graduates working in nursing positions throughout the New Orleans area.  We know that hospitals and other employers seek our graduates.  Our faculty work hard to attain highest standards of academic quality and training that prepare nurses for excellence in serving patients.  This award recognizes these efforts," says Patricia M. Prechter, EdD, MSN, RN,  Professor of Nursing, Provost and Chair of the Department of Nursing and Allied Health.

OLHCC has previously won the Nursing School of the Year Award in 2003.  The college offers a bachelor's degree in Nursing and an online RN to BSN program. 

"At OLHCC, our faculty make our program the best," says senior nursing student Kelsea Bice, who serves as Vice President of National Student Nurses' Association.  "We also recognize the spiritual dimension of nursing as the foundation for all that we learn and do to care for patients." 

About Our Lady of Holy Cross College

A fully accredited Catholic liberal arts college on the West Bank of New Orleans, OLHCC offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.  Students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are encouraged to explore values and pursue service opportunities.  Some of our most distinctive programs are in Nursing, Biology, Counseling, Education and Theology. The Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educational service to New Orleans dates to 1848, founded the college in 1916.  Ronald J. Ambrosetti, PhD, became the 17th president in July, 2012.

Our Lady of Holy Cross College
4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131-73399
(504) 394-7744, 1-800-259-7744