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Released: 05/10/2004

LSU Alexandria’s Department of Nursing will hold a Nurse Pinning Ceremony for their 47 associate degree nursing graduates. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the Physical Education Building immediately following spring commencement exercises. Family and friends of the nursing graduates are invited to attend. A reception will be held after the ceremony in the F. Hugh Coughlin Hall Nursing Building.

For many nurses, the Pinning Ceremony carries greater significance than graduation because it is a time to dedicate oneself to uphold the high standards of the nursing profession. During the ceremony, the nurses will recite the Nightingale Pledge, named to honor nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as they promise to aid the physician in his work, and devote themselves to the welfare of those committed to their care.

Ms. Lisa R. Lauve, CNE, will be the guest speaker for the Pinning. Ms. Lauve is the vice president of nursing services at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. She has been with CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini in several positions since 1991 where she began as a staff RN in the cardiac catherization lab.

Lauve’s duties include overseeing the practice of nursing for the 265-bed acute-care hospital focusing on improved patient care and enhanced nurse retention. She is a member of the Administrative Council and other hospital committees and was a graduate of the first class of the “CHRISTUS Health CHRISTUS Academy,” a system-wide leadership training program to develop corporate leaders in healthcare.

Lauve received her associate in nursing from LSU Alexandria and her BSN from Northwestern. She is currently enrolled in Kennedy Western University pursuing a master of science health administration. For more information about the nurse pinning ceremony, contact Ms. Pat Franks, MSN, RN, interim chair of the Department of Nursing, at (318) 473-6459.