LSU Health program to help homeless

A program founded and run by LSU Health New Orleans medical students to make health care and health education more accessible to homeless women and children has been awarded a $10,000 grant by La Societe des Dames Hospitalieres.

The Women and Children’s Shelter Outreach Program brings together students from five of LSU Health New Orleans’ six schools, along with Xavier University's School of Pharmacy, to provide heath services and health care education to residents of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter. The shelter is the largest organization serving homeless women and children in New Orleans.

LSU Health New Orleans medical students Samantha Karlin and Hunter Hopkins founded the outreach program in 2015 as their Albert Schweitzer Fellowship project. Students Kathryn DiLosa and Katherine Davidson Karlay have expanded the program.

The program includes a children's educational enrichment aspect, which will include transportation, tickets and sporting equipment.

Grant funds will also support improving the sustainability and efficiency of the program. The program intends to buy equipment such as otoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and height/weight scales, as well as necessary supplies, officials said.

UNO interns hired after GE partnership

A two-year-old partnership between GE Digital and the University of New Orleans has proved to be a career-transforming experience for dozens of computer science students, UNO officials said.

Twenty-four participating students have been hired as full-time employees at GE Digital since 2014, when the Software Engineering Apprenticeship Program was formed to provide UNO computer science students with professional experience before they graduate.

Through the program, students are mentored by veteran software engineers and receive onsite technical training at the GE Tech Center in New Orleans, where the students work as paid part-time software developers.

The program is designed to equip students with the necessary technical and social skills required for many entry-level developer positions.

Nine students expected to graduate in May are anticipating job offers through the program.

The program is set to expand in 2017, with 15 students expected to join this summer. Since the program launched in 2014, one in every four UNO computer science students at the junior and senior levels has had an opportunity to participate.

GE Digital’s Dustin Gaspard, a full-time technical development leader, oversees the SWEAP students at GE, while UNO’s Ted Holmberg serves as the full-time industry liaison for the computer science department.

Loyola online nursing program ranks 39th

The Loyola University School of Nursing ranks No. 39 in the nation among online graduate nursing degree programs, according to a survey by U.S. News and World Report.

The programs also received special recognition for being sensitive to the needs of veterans.

For the 2017 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs, U.S. News ranked programs according to five categories: faculty credentials and training, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, and student services and technology.

Program scores were calculated using data the programs reported in a statistical survey as well as data gathered from peer institutions.

U.S. News sent statistical questionnaires to accredited public, private and for-profit institutions granting master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing. The rankings also considered 144 programs for which all the required nonclinical course work may be completed via the internet.

Loyola’s graduate nursing programs moved to an online format in 2004. They are designed to help nurses advance their careers through education that meets and exceeds guidelines and standards for nursing, officials said.

The nursing school has graduated 2,561 students since the start of the graduate programs in 1997.

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