Stephanie S. Pierce



Hometown Covington, LA
Credentials PhD, MN, RN, CNE 

With over 19 years of higher education teaching experience, Dr. Stephanie Pierce brings leadership and knowledge of higher education and nursing issues to the board. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Higher Education specializing in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University, a Master of Nursing (MN) specializing in Nursing Administration from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from William Carey University. Dr. Pierce is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and is serving as Program Director for several programs at the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Nursing (LSUHNO SON). Her administrative duties include the day-to-day operations of three programs, the Career Alternative Registered Nurse Education Program (CARE), RN to BSN and the Nurse Educator MSN. Duties for the day to day operations includes, faculty, student and course schedules, faculty evaluations, student leadership development, applicant recruitment and analysis of applications for the Admissions Progression and Graduation (AP&G) Committee, to name a few.

Dr. Pierce serves on several committees for the SON: Quality Enhancement Committee, Academic Graduate and Undergraduate Council, Faculty Organization, Administrative Council, AP&G Committee and Curriculum Committee.  She also serve the SON on several task force: Diversity and Inclusion, CCNE Self Study, Clinical Safety, NCLEX, Leadership Team, BSN Course Coordinators, Academic Undergraduate Leadership Team, Student Grievance and Student Complaint, DNP and DNS to PhD.  Dr. Pierce has several special assignments such as a Safe Zone trainer and counselor; a founding member of the Louisiana Center for Promotion of Optimal Health Outcomes: A Joanna Briggs Institute Center of Excellence as a systematic reviewer, mentor and trainer. She coordinates and administers annual mantoux testing for LSUHNO SON and Allied Health faculty each August and Influenza vaccinations each October for the LSUHNO campus.


Dr. Pierce has had several research and scholarship activities include grant writing and implementation, creating enduring programs of education for the SON, participation on interdisciplinary research teams, publishing in peer reviewed journals, serving as a peer reviewer for national and international journals and publishing in non-peer reviewed newsletters. She has contributed to White Papers for the American Nurses Association (ANA) and has presented via podium and poster presentations at local, state, regional, national and international conferences. She is a member of two research councils for acute care healthcare facilities and serves three journals as a peer reviewer. She is also a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer.  


Grant writing and grant implementation have always been a passion. Dr. Pierce became involved with grant writing and program implementation early in her educational career. She has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- New Careers in Nursing, supporting accelerated student academic success. She was the Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator for the Cornerstone of Cultural Competency during the Disaster Cycle (C3DC) grant funded by HRSA. Her team created a unique model of nursing education delivery support by best practices based on literature in both cultural competence and disaster competencies to improve patient outcomes and address disparities in providing care to most vulnerable populations. With additional funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents and the LSU Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer, she led the revision of the C3DC Program using the latest literature to revise each module with professional voice over and graphics.  Dr. Pierce has lead the team in developing the first LSU program application available for purchase and download using iOS, Android and Microsoft platforms. Dr. Pierce has published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals about the program and findings, contributing to the field of knowledge to improve disaster outcomes for the most vulnerable. She has presented the C3DC program at several interdisciplinary national and international conferences and has recently won the Southern Research Education Board (SREB) Pacesetter Award and the LSUHSC Innovator Award for her contributions as an innovator in nursing education.


Dr. Pierce assumed the role of Principal Investigator and Project Director on a major HRSA funded grant to Restore Primary Care for Underserved Elders in Post-Katrina New Orleans East. Through this grant, the SON was able to open four nurse run ambulatory clinics, one of which is still active and interdisciplinary, providing both primary care and dental care integrating faculty and students from both the dental and nursing schools. She is a Co-Investigator on an interdisciplinary grant team studying nursing students’ knowledge retention of anatomical and clinical procedures of the deltoid intramuscular injection.


Dr. Pierce strongly believes that participation in professional organizations move a profession forward. She has been a long time active member of the New Orleans District Nurses Association, serving in several leadership positions and the Louisiana State Nurses Association, serving as Director of Leadership and Education for numerous years. She has served the Louisiana Nurses Foundation Board and Louisiana Nurses Political Action Coalition. She has also worked at the national level with the American Nurses Association serving on the Ethics Advisory Board, the Moral Resilience Professional Issues Panel Advisory Committee and now will serve as ANA Secretary and the Executive Board until 2021.


Dr. Pierce is a member of the planning committee for the Faculty Professional Development Conference offered through American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and a member of the Southern Research Education Board (SREB) Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing’s Membership Committee. She is a member of the Louisiana Council of Administrators of Nursing Educators (LACANE), the National League of Nursing (NLN) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Organizational Leadership Network.


While serving on the Board of Directors for Visiting Nurses Association of New Orleans, Dr. Pierce designed and implemented the Visiting Nurses Association Healthlink Program. This program was developed to support chronically ill elders with assessments and education, in an attempt to decrease hospital readmissions. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Council on Aging.


Dr. Pierce has been married to her husband Craig Pierce for 44 years. They have two children, Craig and Courtney and four grandchildren, Caylyn, Cayleigh, Oden and Jude.  She hopes to contribute to the PAC Board using her knowledge of leadership and education as well as her experience with problem solving, board participation and state PAC initiatives to move the profession of nursing forward for all registered nurses across the United States.