Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson named Founding Dean of new School of Nursing at Emory & Henry College

Posted by Beth Funkhouser
Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson has been named the Founding Dean of the new School of Nursing at Emory & Henry College.

Dr. Ferguson brings extensive experience in the nursing profession in both education and clinical work. Most recently, Dr. Ferguson served as Dean of the College of Nursing and Health and Director of the School of Nursing at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“We are excited to have Dr. Ferguson join the College as Founding Dean of the School of Nursing at Emory & Henry,” says Dr. Lou Fincher, Vice President and Dean of School of Health Sciences at Emory & Henry College. “She brings strong leadership skills and a record of building innovative nursing programs that will position E&H to make a positive impact on the nursing shortage in this region. Dr. Ferguson also has extensive clinical experience in treating underserved populations in a rural healthcare setting. I look forward to working with her and members of the team that will develop and create the School of Nursing to serve our region’s nursing workforce needs.”

Emory & Henry plans to launch a new School of Nursing in the Spring of 2021. Plans are underway to develop multiple nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The first group of interested students in Fall 2021 would be working on pre-requisite classes to determine admittance into the program their sophomore year. Healthcare in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, and beyond are in need of nurses who are highly educated and have a passion to provide service within their own communities.

“When the World Health Organization declared 2020, the year of the nurse and the midwife, no one envisioned a worldwide pandemic which has highlighted the extraordinary care given by frontline workers, especially nurses,” says Dr. Ferguson. “I am humbled and excited to be a part of Emory & Henry’s vision to increase access to nursing education in Southwest Virginia and beyond.”

Dr. Ferguson brings more than 36 years of experience practicing as a Nurse Practitioner. She is certified as an Adult, Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings in the Nurse Practitioner role including Emergency Room, Occupational Health and Primary Care. She has been a nursing educator since 1991 and maintained an active clinical practice in rural Louisiana caring for patients of all ages. Dr. Ferguson is recognized for her leadership in the nursing profession and is a fellow both in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She was elected to and is currently serving on the executive committee of the Fellows of AANP.

Emory & Henry College launched an RN- BSN online program in 2018 under the direction of Abingdon resident and program director, Dr. Saundra Farmer. 

  • Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson
I am humbled and excited to be a part of Emory & Henry’s vision to increase access to nursing education in Southwest Virginia and beyond.
- Dr. Ferguson

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/724-getting-to-the-heart-of-climate-change-with-aaron"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,717,848/6064_Barth_Beartooths.rev.1552653416.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,717,848/6064_Barth_Beartooths.rev.1552653416.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,717,848/6064_Barth_Beartooths.rev.1552653416.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,717,848/6064_Barth_Beartooths.rev.1552653416.jpg" alt="Aaron Barth" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,717,848/6064_Barth_Beartooths.rev.1552653416.jpg 2x" data-max-w="717" data-max-h="848" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/724-getting-to-the-heart-of-climate-change-with-aaron">Getting to the Heart of Climate Change with Aaron Barth</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Aaron Barth, now in his second semester as an assistant professor of geography, has aided in the study of geophysics and tracking the progress of climate change. He did this by researching and presenting his data on the last major ice sheet in North America, the Laurentide Ice Sheet, and how its ice surface thinned out over the last 20,000 years. <a href="/live/news/724-getting-to-the-heart-of-climate-change-with-aaron" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/349-oquinn-challenges-college-to-conquer-new-frontiers"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg" alt="Israel O'Quinn speaks at Founders Day 2018" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/300,0,2438,2136/3620_Israel_OQuinn.rev.1521739891.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2138" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/349-oquinn-challenges-college-to-conquer-new-frontiers">O’Quinn Challenges College to Conquer New Frontiers</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> In the 181 years of existence, Emory & Henry College has had many opportunities to conquer new frontiers, according to Virginia House Delegate Israel O’Quinn (’02), the keynote speaker during the annual Founders Day celebration.</p><a href="/live/news/349-oquinn-challenges-college-to-conquer-new-frontiers" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>