Due to the state of our State with this current Pandemic, BRDNA Board has decided to cancel the face to face 2020 Celebrating Nursing Banquet. We will begin to plan for alternative ways to honor this years honorees and present them with their awards. We want to thank all of you who nominated your colleagues for the Celebrate Nursing Honoree awards. … Read More
Baton Rouge District Nurses Association (BRDNA) would like provide a shout out to two of our members, Terrie Sterling and Sandra Brown, who have a history of community engagement. In the midst of the COVID pandemic, Governor John Bel Edwards acknowledged their value and commitment to our communities and state by naming them as co-chairs to Resilient Louisiana Commission and the Louisiana COVID 19 Health Equity Task Force.
Commission Co-Chair Terrie Sterling stated, “It is a privilege to serve the citizens of the great state of Louisiana in such unprecedented times. I look forward to working with the distinguished members of the commission representing important sectors of the Louisiana economy; state officials; and other experts to support the Governor as we navigate the return of our economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The 18 member Resilient Louisiana Commission charge is to examine Louisiana’s economy and make recommendations for more resilient business-related activities and commerce in the coming months. Terrie Sterling, and Don Pierson, the current LA Economic Development Secretary were named as co-chairs of this commission.
For more than twenty years Terrie has served in executive roles for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System; chief nursing officer, chief operating officer and executive vice president –strategic initiatives. She has been a founding member of the LA Action Coalition Core Leadership Team. In this role she has brought a wealth of knowledge about transforming healthcare in Louisiana.
Governor Edwards named Dr. Sandra Brown and Dr. Thomas LaVeist as co-chairs of the Louisiana COVID 19 Health EquityTask Force. This task force is charged with providing recommendations relative to health inequities which are affecting communities most impacted by the coronavirus. The overall goal of the task force is to improve health equity in Louisiana.
Dr. Brown is quoted, “It is an honor to serve the citizens of Louisiana on the COVID-19 Health Equity Taskforce.” “I look forward to working with a distinguished diverse group of experts from across the state that are committed to addressing the health disparities that specifically challenge minorities and vulnerable populations in Louisiana not only in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in advancing health equity for decades to come.”
Her career has included a diverse array of positions during her more than 31 year nursing career. The knowledge she brings from her vast experience as a staff nurse, family nurse practitioner, nurse educator and her most recent appointment as the Dean of Southern University and A&M College School of Nursing will be such a benefit to the work of this task force.