Southeastern Louisiana University Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth has been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, on which she will serve a four-year term.
The mission of the 11-member board is to safeguard the life and health of the citizens of Louisiana by assuring persons practicing as registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses are competent and safe.
“Dr. Carruth is highly respected by her colleagues and in the healthcare community in general,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Over the years, she has developed a significant body of scholarly work and has received a number of grants related to various healthcare issues. She will make an excellent addition to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.”
A graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, Carruth earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and doctor of nursing science degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being selected a “Top Nurse” in 2011 by the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association. In 2003, she was the recipient of Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence in Research and a Nightingale Award as the Outstanding Nurse Researcher by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
The author of numerous nursing and scientific publications, she serves as vice-chairman of the Board of Commissioners for North Oaks Health System. Carruth, the only nurse on the board, serves as quality council to address performance improvement and emphasis on quality and patient safety.
As a nurse educator for over 25 years, Carruth has emphasized evidence-based curriculum / course development, accreditation, faculty mentoring, and student success and retention. For the past eight years, she has also served on the Deans Administrative Council for the Intercollegiate Consortium for the Master of Science in Nursing.
A resident of Hammond, Carruth has served on the faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southeastern since 1990.