Agosta named coordinator of adult health nurse practitioner program
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HAMMOND – Lucie J. Agosta of Baton Rouge has been appointed assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the adult health nurse practitioner specialty track in Southeastern Louisiana University’s School of Nursing graduate program.
She is a nurse practitioner at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, where she proposed and developed an employee health clinic for staff and their family members. A member of the Woman’s Hospital staff since 1988, she has worked there as a staff nurse, clinical educator and director of perinatal services and will continue to maintain an administrative and clinical role with the institution.
At Southeastern, she will coordinate the clinical instruction of graduate students enrolled in Southeastern’s adult nurse practitioner program. Southeastern’s graduate program, operated in consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State University, offers training in functional areas such as nurse education, administration and nurse practitioner.
“Nurse practitioners are playing a greater role than ever in our health care system, providing a wide range of primary, preventive, and follow up care and working closely with physicians,” Agosta said. “It is an evolving field and one that is growing beyond just rural and other underserved areas.”
This year, Agosta received a Nightingale Award from the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. Later this year she will receive the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence, which a nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in practice, research, education or community affairs.
Agosta holds a doctorate in human resource education from LSU, where she did her dissertation on patient satisfaction with services provided by nurse practitioners. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeastern in 1983, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, a post-master’s nurse practitioner certification from Southeastern and a post-master’s certification as a family nurse practitioner from the Northern Kentucky University.