POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 4:57pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Southern University announces that one of its professors has been named a “Louisianan of the Year.”
Louisiana Life Magazine named Dr. Sandra Chaisson Brown as one of the magazine’s “2014 Louisianians of the Year,” in its January/February 2014 issue.
According to Southern University, Brown’s Louisiana Life Magazine award comes after she was recently selected as a “Nursing Educator of the Year” by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
The Louisiana Life magazine article focuses on the importance of nurse practitioner programs, with new health care legislation that will give millions of more people access to medical care.
Southern says Brown is the current coordinator of the nurse practitioner program, and has been with the school’s nursing program for 19 years.
The University also explains that its nursing program now graduates 40 students a year, making it the program that educates the most minority nurse practitioners in the country.
Brown said she was “grateful for the talents God has given me to be a service to others and grateful that the (SU) School of Nursing was recognized as well,” when she learned of the recognition from Louisiana Life Magazine.
Also, Brown credited her success to “the support of colleagues, family and friends. Nothing was possible without their support. It inspires me to give back to my students.”
Brown earned her first degree in nursing from the Southwestern Louisiana University (now called the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). She received her master’s degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and became certified as a nurse practitioner at the University of Tennessee.