Nicholls nursing dean to be honored for contributions to the industry

Dr. Sue Westbrook (Photo by MIsty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)
Dr. Sue Westbrook
(Photo by MIsty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Dr. Sue Westbrook will be honored as one of The Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana in 2016.

Westbrook, and other nurses, will be honored at 7 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 12 during a ceremony at the New Orleans Pontchartrain Center. The celebration is open to the public and partially sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and the Terrebonne General Medical Center.

Founded in New Orleans in 1986, The Great 100 Nurses Foundation has honored thousands of nurses across Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

Nurses are chosen based “on their concern for humanity, their contributions to the profession of nursing and their mentoring of others.”

“With over 60,000 registered nurses in Louisiana, I am honored and humbled to be named one of Louisiana’s 100 Great Nurses of 2016,” said Westbrook, a Nicholls alum. “Raising the level of healthcare in the region Nicholls serves has always been a passion of mine.”

After graduating from Northwestern State University, Westbrook worked as a nurse for three years before joining the Nicholls staff as an instructor. Over the course of the next three decades she added graduate degrees from Nicholls and the LSU Health Sciences Center. She was named dean in 2004.

Under Westbrook’s watch, Nicholls nursing graduates regularly pass the national licensure exam at rates greater than both the national and state average, and 100 percent of all recent graduates are employed.


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