Nursing instructor appointed to State Emergency Response Board
Contact: Rene Abadie
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HAMMOND – Kristin K. Whitty, assistant professor of nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University, has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board.
The 28-member board is charged with developing and implementing a statewide network of emergency response units to provide coordinated access to medical services in response to emergencies or crises. Whitty was nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
An authorized standardized awareness trainer by Homeland Security, Whitty has 10 years of experience as an emergency department nurse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from LSU Health Sciences Center, master’s degree in nursing from Southeastern, and a doctorate in nursing from LSU. In addition, she earned a post-master’s adult nurse practitioner certification from Southeastern. Her doctoral dissertation focused on preparation for mass casualty incidents.
Whitty participated in providing care to hundreds of post-Katrina victims at the 800-bed facility housed at LSU in Baton Rouge. A member of Southeastern’s community emergency response team, she teaches courses in disaster management training for nurses at Southeastern’s School of Nursing. She is an active member of the American Red Cross and serves on the board of directors for the Baton Rouge chapter.