Gail Poirrier, DNS, RN

  • Professor
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
  • P.O. Box 43810
  • Lafayette, LA 70504
  • PHONE:(337)-482-6808
  • EMAIL:Jdc6124@louisiana.edu

Education

  • D.N.S. Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • M.N. Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • B.S.N. University of Southwestern Louisiana

Licensure and Board Certifications

  • Registered Nurse in Louisiana

Academic Positions

  • Dean/Professor,University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Iberia Medical Center/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Nursing Fall, 2012-Spring, 2015.
  • Recipient of the 2008 State Award for Excellence–Nurse Practitioner Advocate through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 2008 Nursing School of the Year Nightingale Award by the Louisiana State Nursing Association and The Louisiana Nursing Foundation.
  • Designation of Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for Ongoing Faculty Development in the BSN Program by the National League for Nursing, 2005-2008 (one of 10 schools selected in the nation during this time)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Focus (October, 2002, #181) recognition for extraordinary achievements for book on writing to learn.
  • Lafayette District Nurses’ Association Selection Committee Honoree as an Acadiana Celebrates Nursing 2002 Recipient
  • UL Lafayette President’s Commendation to Dr. Gail Poirrier and the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Faculty for advancing the University’s service-learning initiative through publishing, involving students, and serving the community, December, 2000
  • Louisiana State Assembly on School-Based Health Care Appreciation Award for work in supporting Louisiana’s School-Based Health Centers, October, 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Core Leadership Team for Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action in Louisiana.
  • Louisiana Council of Administrators of Nursing Education (LACANE)
  • Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee
  • Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee
  • National Gerontological Nursing Association, Associate Member
  • Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Member. 
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau Member

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Poirrier, G. & Oberleitner, M. G. (2011).  Funding an accelerated baccalaureate nursing track for non nursing college graduates: an academic/practice collaboration.  Nursing Economic$, 29 (3), 118-125.
  • Heinrich, K.T., Hurst, H., Leigh, G., Oberleitner, M., & Poirrier, G.P. (2009).  The teacher-scholar project: how to help faculty groups develop scholarly skills, Nursing Education Perspectives, 30 (3), 181-186.
  • Poirrier, G. Issues for Nursing Education in Louisiana, Nursing’s Future in Louisiana: 2009 Summit of Nursing Education, Nursing Employers and Nursing Regulators, co-sponsored by LSNA, LACANE, LANO, LONE, and LSBN, March 20, 2009, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Poirrier, G. Practical Suggestions Starting a Simulation Lab, the Cornerstone of the Future: Simulation in Nursing Curricula Part 1, UL Lafayette College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Continuing Nursing Education Program, April 10, 2008, Lafayette, LA.
  • Poirrier, G., Writing to Learn in Nursing Education Workshop at McNeese State University, May 5, 2008, Lake Charles, LA.
  • Heinrich, K.T., Hurst, H., Leigh, G., Oberleitner, M., & Poirrier, G.P., (2007).  The Teacher-Scholar Project: How to Create a Center of Excellence TM Is preparing faculty to meet nursing’s millennial challenge, manuscript submitted to NLN Nursing Education Perspectives.
  • Oberleitner, M.G. & Poirrier, G.P. (2007).  Extreme Make Over: Learning Labs Edition–Improving the Quality of Nursing Skills Labs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2007 Baccalaureate Education Conference Abstract, New Orleans, LA.
  • Poirrier, G., Louisiana Update Panel: Where Simulation Efforts are in Louisiana, Building Regional Collaboration for Healthcare Simulation, Louisiana Hospital Association Center for Healthcare Workforce Development, December 13, 2007, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Oberleitner, M.G. & Poirrier, G.P. (2007).  Extreme Make Over: Learning Labs Edition–Improving the Quality of Nursing Skills Labs, American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2007 Baccalaureate Education Conference Abstract, November 30, 2007, New Orleans, LA.
  • Poirrier, G.P. Keynote Speaker: Writing-to-Learn Across the Nursing Curriculum, Pedagogy Colloquium, Neihoff School of Nursing, Loyola University, June 15, 2007, Chicago, IL.
  • Heinrich, K., Hurst. H., Leigh, G., Oberleitner, M., & Poirrier, G. (2006).  When Becoming a Center of Excellence is Just the Beginning: How an Intervention Study Turned a Faculty Group into a Community of Scholarly Caring, National League for Nursing Education Summit 2006 Concurrent Paper Session Abstract.
  • Heinrich, K., Hurst. H., Leigh, G., Oberleitner, M., & Poirrier, G. (2006).  When Becoming a Center of Excellence is Just the Beginning: How an Intervention Study Turned a Faculty Group into a Community of Scholarly Caring, National League for Nursing Education Summit 2006 Concurrent Paper Session Abstract.
  • Poirrier, G., Establishing a 2 Year RN Program in Lafayette, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee Town Meeting, Lafayette, LA, June 20, 2006.
  • Poirrier, G.P., RN Shortage and UL Lafayette Strategies, HCA Area Hospital Meeting with CEOs, CNOs, and Human Resource Administrators, Southwest Medical Center, Lafayette, LA, February, 2006. 
  • Poirrier, G.P., RN Shortage and UL Lafayette Strategies, HCA Area Hospital Meeting with CEOs, CNOs, and Human Resource Administrators, Southwest Medical Center, Lafayette, LA, February, 2006.

Selected Funded Projects and Research

  • Poirrier, G.P. Planned and initiated grant efforts between the Department of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education Program, healthcare providers (Southwest Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Louisiana Health Care Group) and the Louisiana Department of Labor, Incumbent Worker’s Training Program, August, 2009.
  • Poirrier, G.P. Nursing and Allied Health Capitation Awards.  Louisiana Board of Regents/Health Workforce Commission July 2009.
  • Poirrier, G.P. Nursing and Allied Health Capitation Awards.  Louisiana Board of Regents/Health Workforce Commission August 2008.
  • Poirrier, G.P. Nursing and Allied Health Capitation Awards. Louisiana Board of Regents/Health Workforce Commission July 2007.
  • Poirrier, G.P. Two Year Extension Grant Proposal to continue the Accelerated Option track for Second Degree Seeking Students.  Four area hospitals (Lafayette General Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Southwest Medical Center, and Women’s and Children’s Hospital) and UL Lafayette, August 2007.
  • Poirrier, G.P. and Landry, M. Partnership with Louisiana Healthcare Group, Inc. To Administer and manage a $3.7 million Incumbent Workers Training Grant, 2006.
  • Poirrier, G.P. Nursing and Allied Health Capitation Awards. Louisiana Board of Regents/Health Workforce Commission July 2006.
  • Poirrier, G.P. Nursing and Allied Health Capitation Awards.  Louisiana Board of Regents/Health Workforce Commission July, 2005.

Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing