The Louisiana Nurses Foundation has recognized Southern University’s graduate nursing program as the best in the state.

For the third time in five years, Southern’s nursing program has earned the university the group’s “Nursing School of the Year — Advanced Practice Program” distinction.

“This award serves as additional evidence of the excellent quality of nursing education at Southern Baton Rouge,” School of Nursing and Allied Health Dean Janet Rami said in a news release.

Other honors for Southern University during the annual Nightingale Awards Gala: Dr. Jacqueline Hill, who chairs the undergraduate nursing program at Southern, was inducted into the Louisiana Nursing Hall of Fame, Erica Joseph was chosen as “Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year” and Gordon Natal was awarded “Nurse Educator of the Year.”

Southern’ master’s program in nursing produces family nurse practitioners.

It also offers doctorate programs that are designed for those who want to practice nursing as well as those who want to become nurse scientists.

Judges for the Nursing School of the Year award were from the Ohio Nurses Association, the North Carolina Nurses Association, Guam Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, Delaware Nurses Association, Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses, Virgin Island State Nurses Association, Oklahoma State Nurses Association and officials with nursing groups from New York and Massachusetts.

None of the judges were from Louisiana.

“The selection is a blind review based on accomplishments of faculty and students and innovation in nursing education,” Rami said.