Late in life Anita Gautreaux returned to college to earn a nursing degree. Today she serves her community as a caring long-term care nurse and also as a Eucharistic minister. Her service earned her the Order of St. Louis IX award, given to laity for exceptional service to the Church.
Well-loved by her classmates, Anita Gautreaux was known for sharing prayers with her class before difficult tests. This non-traditional student (she was in her fifties during her time in school) was selected by her peers to be the vice-president for the Student Nurses Association (SNA), and during her term she helped to develop an SNA commitment to the FMOL’s Mission in Haiti and to breast cancer awareness.
Anita is a registered floor nurse in Long Term Care at the Post Acute Specialty Hospital in Hammond, Louisiana. As a nurse, Anita is committed to her Catholic values, serving all her patients with love, care and compassion. “If my patient is dying I pray with them and prepare their families for their loved one’s passing. Every Sunday a Eucharistic minister comes to the hospital, so I ask my Catholic patients if they would like to receive Communion or if they are not Catholic if they would like the Minister to pray with them. My faith is part of who I am and everyone at the hospital knows it.”
On February 1, 2016 Anita will be recognized as a Distinguished Graduation of Our Lady of the Lake College at the annual Baton Rouge Diocese Dinner.
Students working to become medical laboratory scientists have a new scholarship opportunity to help pay for their education, thanks to a partnership between Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) and the Baton Rouge Clinic
Congratulations to the Physician Assistant May 2018 graduating class for their 100% pass rate on the PANCE national certifying exam.
The PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certification Exam), administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, demands the highest standards for clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning, medical skills and professional behavior.
The May 2018 cohort are all now certified Physician Assistant healthcare professionals, eligible to practice in any medical or surgical specialty.
FranU has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation to fund the start-up of a new certification program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This program is aimed at students interested in providing therapeutic support for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within community health and education settings.