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Commencement Speaker

Summer 2018 Speaker
Jennifer Lemoine, DNP APRN NNP-BC, Assistant Professor

Jennifer Lemoine, DNP APRN NNP-BC is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Lemoine began teaching at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in August, 2007. Her teaching responsibilities have extended across the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs and she currently holds the position of Graduate Coordinator.  In April 2018, Jennifer was one of two recipients awarded the Dr. Ray P. Authement Excellence in Teaching Award and she has held the Sheila Ardoin Walsh Memorial BORSF Endowed Professorship in Nursing since 2012. In additional to her role in academia, Jennifer’s clinical area of expertise is as a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner. 

Jennifer received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, a clinical doctorate, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May of 2011. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Utah.

Dr. Lemoine’s research endeavors include studies conducted in both the academic and clinical arenas. She received the University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Rising Star Award in Research for the 2013-2014 academic year and is a two-time recipient of the Research Excellence Award; 2014-2016 and 2016-2017.  In June 2016, Jennifer also received the Outstanding Research Paper Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses for her research entitled Got Milk? Effects of Early Enteral Feedings in Patients with Gastroschisis. Dr. Lemoine’s current research efforts focus on the use of simulation to improve nursing students’ knowledge and retention of infant safe sleep practices.

Dr. Lemoine is regarded as a leader in Health Care Policy at the state and the national levels and was inducted as a Faculty Policy Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2014.  In addition to being a policy advocate for the nursing profession, Jennifer has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed and consumer nursing journals and has presented at regional, state, and national conferences on topics ranging from opioid use during pregnancy to simulation-based nursing education.

Dr. Lemoine serves on several department and university committees and is also a member of the Board of Directors , Executive Committee, of Women’s Foundation, Inc., Lafayette, LA, whose mission is to promote the total well-being of woman and their families.