March 12, 2014
Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer, Diane Fulton, MSN, RN, was recently named Nursing Administrator of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation during the 13th Annual Nightingale Awards Gala in Baton Rouge.
Fulton was one of 40 registered nurses nominated in individual award categories and was named the 2014 Nursing Administrator of the Year. She has served s the Chief Nursing Officer at Rapides Regional Medical Center since 2011.
Those who receive the Nursing Administrator of the Year award from the Louisiana Nurses Foundation must demonstrate outstanding achievement in five areas, including:
- Evidence of excellence in nursing practice within their healthcare agency.
- Use of leadership skills, quality measures and evidence-based initiatives to improve nursing practice.
- Demonstration of mentoring and nursing development.
- Demonstration of personal and organizational commitment to lifelong learning.
- Participation in LSNA/ANA and other professional organizations.
Fulton holds both a bachelor of science degree in Nursing and a master of science degree in Nursing. She was nominated for this award by RRMC nursing staff, who listed Fulton’s high ethical standards, drive for perfection, an open mind and leadership skills as characteristics making her deserving of this award.
Fulton’s nursing career began 39 years ago. She worked in Oklahoma City, OK and Muskogee, OK before moving to Alexandria. She is a member of the American Organization for Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, Louisiana State Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing.