Velma “Sue” Westbrook, DNS, MA, RN

  • Velma Westbrook
    • Professor
    • Nicholls State University
    • College of Nursing and Allied Health
    • P.O. Box 2143
    • Thibodaux, LA 70310
    • PHONE:(985) 448-4687



      • D.N.S. Louisiana State University Medical Center
      • M.N. Louisiana State University Medical Center
      • M.A. Nicholls State University
      • B.S.N. Northwestern State University


Licensure and Board Certifications

  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing – Registered Nurse

Academic Positions

  • Dean/Professor, Nicholls State University

Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Recognition by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health for Invaluable Service and Contributions to the Louisiana Office of Public Health Nursing Services.
  • Certificate of Recognition by the Prevention Partnership for Working Toward a Healthier Lafourche with Children, Health, Leadership, History, Learning, Values, Family , Prevention, Schools, Spirituality, Jobs, Future, Commerce, culture, Housing, Environment, Growth, Justice, Seniors, Recovery, Peace, Quality of Life.  (The Prevention Partnership is business and community leaders working together bringing to Lafourche a new vision of human potential).
  • Presidential Award for Academic Administrator Excellence
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Zeta Chapter, Excellence in Leadership in Nursing

Professional Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing, Member, Education Rep.
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • National League for Nursing
  • Louisiana Council of Administrators in Nursing Education    
  • SREB Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing Education
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Westbrook, V. Unspeakable losses: Miscarriage and perinatal death.  In B. Poor and G. Poirrier (Eds.), End-Of-Life Nursing Care. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. and National League for Nursing Press.
  • Westbrook V.   Survey of the type and frequency of abuse and the psychological dimensions of self-esteem, depression, and self-blame among abused women in southeastern Louisiana. Dissertation Abstracts International.
  • Westbrook, V. Personal development. In J. Theriot (Ed.), Exploratory Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum Guide 7th Grade, Bulletin No. 1971 (pp. PD-1-85). Louisiana Department of Education, Office of Vocational Education.
  • Westbrook, V. Personal development. In J. Theriot (Ed.), Exploratory Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum Guide 8th Grade, Bulletin No. 1972 (pp.PD-1-85). Louisiana Department of Education, Office of Vocational Education.
  • National Presentation:  “Meeting ANCC Criteria With a Quality Assessment and Improvement Program”. Conference on Competence and Innovation:  Intersections in Professional Nursing Education.  Sponsored by Villanova University College of Nursing, Rutgers State University of New Jersey college of Nursing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing;  Atlanta, GA.

Selected Funded Projects and Research

  • Partnership between State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Program to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership Program to address low birth weight and poor prenatal care for reducing infant mortality in Louisiana – funded grant
  • Partnership between Acadian Ambulance, State Department of Labor,  and Nicholls State University to Articulate Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic to Registered Nurses with an Associate of Science degree-funded grant
  • Board of Regents Support Fund Undergraduate Enhancement Proposal for Nursing Technology Enhancement-funded grant