Laurie Anne Ferguson

Founding Dean of the School of Nursing School of Nursing

A Registered Nurse for 40 years, Dr. Ferguson has 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 1993 and has maintained an active clinical practice caring for patients of all ages. Her research and translational practice interests are in Health Literacy and its impact on health outcomes. Specifically, her interest is in improving communication in the office setting to enhance patient education and understanding in managing health care and navigating the health care system.

Before joining Emory & Henry, Dr. Ferguson served as the Program Coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner and DNP program, Director of the School of Nursing and Dean of the College of Nursing and Health at Loyola University in New Orleans. 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.


BSN University of San Francisco

MSN University of Pennsylvania

DNP University of Texas Health Sciences Center Houston


Faculty Appointments

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

Selected Awards 

Dr. Jon Altschul Award for Community Engagement– Loyola University-2017

Great 100 Nurses - 2016

Daisy Award Faculty Recipient- 2013

Most Favorite Teacher, University of Manitoba

Sigma Theta Tau, Induction University of Pennsylvania, Xi Chapter

Louisiana State Nurses Association Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year- 2013


Selected publications

Curry, K., Ferguson, L.A. & Livesay, S.L. (2020). PAs and NPs are not interchangeable. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. May; Vol. 33 (5), pp. 13-14.DOI:10.1097/01.JAA.0000660168.21746.79

Ferguson, L. A., Arnold, C., Morris, J., Rademaker, A. & Davis. T. (2020). The Nurse Practitioner as a bridge to interprofessional research team collaboration in rural community clinics. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Arnold, C. L., Rademaker, A., Morris, J., Ferguson, L. A., Wiltz, F…. Davis, T. C.

(2019). Follow-Up Approaches to a Health Literacy Intervention to Increase CRC Screening in Rural Community Clinics: A Randomized Control Trial” (CNCR-18-2926.R2) Cancer. DOI:10.1002/cncr.32398.

Davis, T., Arnold, C., Rademaker, A., Morris, J., Ferguson, L. A. & Wiltz, G. (2019). Repeat Annual Colorectal Cancer Screening in Rural Community Clinics: A Randomized Clinical Trial to Evaluate Outreach Strategies to Sustain Screening. The Journal of Rural Health. ISSN: 1748-0361.

Davis T. C., Morris J., Rademaker A., Ferguson L. A., & Arnold C. L. Barriers and Facilitators to Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Rural Women in Community Clinics by Heath Literacy. Journal of Women’s Health, Issues and Care. 2017 Oct 25; 6(6):1-7. DOI: 10.4172/2325-9795.1000292.

Pearce P. F., & Ferguson L. A. (2017). How to write abstracts for manuscripts, presentations, and grants: Maximizing information in a 30-second soundbite world. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29, 452-50. doi:10.1002/2327-6924.12486

Peterson, J., Pearce, P. F., Ferguson, L. A. & Langford, C. A. (2017). Understanding scoping reviews: Definition, purpose, and process. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 29, 12-16. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12380.

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