Donna Hood, director of Louisiana Tech University’s Division of Nursing, was named Louisiana Nursing School Administrator of the Year at the Nightingale Awards Gala in Baton Rouge. Presented by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation (LNF), the annual event honors excellence in nursing with nominations from across the state.

Under Hood’s leadership, Louisiana Tech has seen nurse pass rates of 100 percent on the NCLEX, 100 percent job placement following graduation, and an increase of incoming freshman of 26 percent. Louisiana Tech’s nursing program has been named Outstanding Undergraduate Nursing Program of the Year for the past two years by the LNF.

Hood recently collaborated with the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) to develop a minor in health informatics for nursing students. The subject of health informatics is becoming increasingly important for registered nurses, and Hood worked to develop a minor to meet the specialized needs of nursing students interested in this area of healthcare.

Among her other achievements, Hood has developed a Nursing Ambassadors student organization to promote the nursing profession, started a College Diabetes Network on the Louisiana Tech campus, and partnered with a virtual hospital to bring new simulation experiences to the nursing students in her program.

Hood has consistently demonstrated her commitment to lifelong learning and the nursing profession. To learn more about her role as a nursing school administrator, visit here.

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