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Franks gets top nursing educator award

Released: 05/16/2006

Patricia Franks, associate professor of nursing at LSU Alexandria, has won the 2006 Outstanding Associate Degree Nursing Educator award for the state of Louisiana.

Franks was presented the award at the Louisiana Organization for Associate Degree Nursing convention in March at LSU at Eunice.

To be considered for the award, nominees must be Louisiana licensed registered nurses with at least three years teaching experience in an associate degree nursing education program and spend more than half of their time supervising students. Nominees must be members of L-OADN, use innovative teaching strategies that encourage critical thinking in students, motivate students to perform at their highest level, function as a role model as a professional nurse, work cooperatively with colleagues and be involved in college, professional and community activities.

Those who nominated her touted Franks’ commitment to her students and the nursing profession.

“Ms. Franks exemplifies the best qualities that a nurse educator can possess,” said colleague Darlene Deshotels. “Ms. Franks challenges students to perform at their optimal level and consistently models this behavior in her own personal and professional life.”

Colleague Nelda Jeane commented that Franks “has been instrumental in changing the lives of students to become active practitioners in nursing for many years.”

Dorothy Lary, chair of LSUA’s Nursing Department, called Franks “one of the Most Important Players on the nursing faculty.”

Graduating senior Tammy Wood described how Franks influenced her life during trying times. Wood signed her letter with a simple message to Franks: “You are a great educator.”