Dr. Nellie August-PRUDHOMME, DNS, MPH, BSN, RN-BC Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Nurse Corps-(Retired) Clinician, Educator, Consultant, Community Activist Dr. Prudhomme, a retired Army nurse and educator, has nearly 50 years of experience in nursing which includes nursing education and practice with a clinical practice focus in community/public health, psychiatric mental health and staff development. Her teaching experiences in nursing programs includes graduate level (MSN, PhD), Baccalaureate (BSN) and Associates (ASN) levels. Current certifications include Mental Health Generalist (ANCC) and Crisis Prevention Instructor (CPI). Her base of mental health expertise ranges from Administration, management, supervisory, staff and education positions in pediatric, adult, geriatric and substance abuse settings in civilian and military sectors. Research interests include health promotion across the lifespan with diverse vulnerable groups. As the recipient of the Women & Children’s Endowed Professorship, she serves as a pediatric lecturer at South Louisiana Community College (SLCC). Dr. Prudhomme formerly served in the role of Program Chair for a new Associates Nursing program ushering initial ACEN accreditation in 4 years of inception with an initial NCLEX-RN pass rate of 93% and 100%.for subsequent 2 years. In the role of Program Chair, Dr. Prudhomme administratively provided coordination and leadership role in curriculum development and evaluation of ASN program.
Responsibilities included: • Faculty Advisor/sponsor for Student Nurses Association Chapter. • Graduate Faculty Preceptor for MSN graduate student Nursing Education Practicum • Faculty liaison initiate and coordinate clinical affiliation agreements • Lead/Core faculty for theory and clinical coordination of specialty courses (Psychiatric/Mental Health and Maternity/Pediatric Nursing Dr. Prudhomme currently serves on the National Advisory Committee for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and on the Scholarship committee for National Black Nurses Association. Service, Servitude and Volunteerism exemplify the theme and scope of Dr. Prudhomme’s contribution to society on many levels. Her roles and responsibilities in community service is extensive -Summer softball coach for Northside girls team, after work hours mentoring nursing students in research projects, after work hours intervention to military families, Youth Summer Camp psychosocial training, participation in multiple community health screening, Summer Bible school program teacher, Board Director of SWLAHEC, supporting international health efforts during the 2005 Asian Tsunami, to name a few. Ephesians 2:10 guides her efforts in all aspects of her life-professional and social.. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”