Southeastern nursing professor awarded fellowship by nursing honor society

Thursday, September 22, 2016 AtNena Luster-Tucker
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – AtNena Luster-Tucker, a faculty member at the Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing, has been awarded a one-year fellowship to study quality in online nursing education.  
     Luster-Tucker is one of only seven nursing scholars in the nation to receive the fellowship to participate in the Emerging Educator Administrator Institute offered by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
     She has completed the program’s three-day workshop in Indiana and will spend the rest of the year at Southeastern working to complete the leadership project, which is focused on online learning in nursing education.
     Currently the interim director of Southeastern’s Center for Faculty Excellence, Luster-Tucker is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing.
     “The integration of online learning in nursing education has been one of the largest movements ever seen in nursing education. The nursing profession is a unique combination of theory and hands-on skills, both of which can be taught successfully via distance education,” she explained.
     She said her project involves evaluation of Southeastern’s online nursing courses, which are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, through an evidence-based assessment tool.
     “The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has worked diligently for many years to create courses that we believe are innovative and engaging,” she added. “I am excited to see the evaluation outcomes at the end of the project.”
     She intends to complete the training as a master course reviewer, which will allow her to train other faculty to help review the online nursing courses at Southeastern.
     Luster-Tucker said the experience will also assist her in the role of supervising the university’s Center for Faculty Excellence, which works with faculty to support and enhance teaching and learning at Southeastern.
     “The identified best practices are not limited to nursing,” she said, “and can be utilized university-wide in our faculty development activities.”

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