May 25, 2011

Statement Regarding the MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program

STATEMENT BY GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT FRANK G. POGUE REGARDING THE MSN PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTIONER PROGRAM

It recently came to our attention there was an oversight by the past administration in receiving approval by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for Grambling State University’s Master of Science in Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Option. The program, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Board of Regents in 2008, awarded its first degrees last weekend.

Upon learning of this lapse last week, we immediately took action. Grambling is working with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to expedite an approval at its next meeting. We have every confidence the program will be ruled upon favorably, and our recent graduates will be eligible to take board certification exams with minimal delay.

I would like to sincerely apologize to our graduates for any concerns this has caused them and convey my gratitude to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for helping us to resolve this important oversight. Grambling State University stands behind the quality of its
programs and has a rich history of producing top quality nurses.

Dr. Frank G. Pogue
President

Established in 1983, Grambling’s nursing program plays a valuable role in filling the shortage of registered nurses in the state of Louisiana. Since the program’s inception, Grambling’s School of Nursing has graduated over 130 nurse practitioners, 35 nurse educators with master’s degrees and over 1,000 registered nurses. Grambling State University is the third highest producer of African-American nurses in the country and the number one producer of nurse educators and nurse practitioners in north Louisiana.

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