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Elizabeth Battalora Appointed Chairwoman of Nursing Department

Released: 01/28/2011

Dr. Elizabeth Battalora has been appointed chairwoman of the Department of Nursing at LSU Alexandria, announced Dr. Barbara Hatfield, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. The department has had interim leadership since Dr. Dorothy Lary retired last year.

Battalora, who has more than 25 years of experience in clinical, military and academic nursing, joined the LSUA faculty this semester. The nursing department is the largest academic department on campus, and half of the university’s graduates hold nursing degrees.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Battalora’s caliber directing our nursing program. Her vast experience as a civilian and in the military adds new perspectives to the program,” said Hatfield. “She is highly respected, and we already are seeing evidence of her organizational and management skills as she takes the reins.”

Battalora has worked at civilian hospitals in Alexandria, Marksville, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and she was head nurse for the operating room post-anesthesia care unit at the local VA Medical Center. She holds the rank of colonel as a member of the Army Nurse Corps and has been awarded four Army Commendation Medals.

Battalora taught at Louisiana College for several years before joining the LSUA faculty. She holds degrees from Oral Roberts University, Northwestern State University and Nova Southeastern University.

LSUA’s new bachelor of science in nursing baccalaureate degree program will be evaluated this spring by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Accreditation could come this summer. The nursing associate degree program has been fully accredited for many years.