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WILLIAMS NAMED NEW DIRECTOR OF SOUTHEASTERN’S HEALTH SERVICES
HAMMOND – Vera Williams has been named
the new director of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Health Center.
Williams will oversee the Student Health
Center, a walk-in clinic on campus for students which provides management
of acute episodic illness or injury, routine well visits, immunizations,
allergy treatments, and health education and self-care programs. Calling
herself a “youth crusader,” Williams has a strong drive for working with
young people, focusing foremost on wellness promotion and illness protection.
A nurse of 13 years and graduate of
Southeastern and Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Williams holds both a
bachelor and master of science in nursing and completed a post-master nurse
practitioner program. She is a native of Mandeville, La., and is certified
by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a Louisiana State
Board registered nurse holding an advanced practice license.
Williams said during her tenure at
Southeastern, she would like to see the health center expand its patient
“Currently, the Student Health Center’s
focus in on Southeastern students,” said Williams. “I’m hoping in the coming
years, we can open our health services to include utilization by the university
staff, giving them greater access to healthcare.”
Williams began her nursing career in
1991 as a nurse-technician at Touro Infirmary of New Orleans as she completed
her studies at Our Lady of Holy Cross. Upon graduation, she was promoted
to a staff nurse on the diabetes management floor, where she provided inpatient
nursing care and education to patients in the medical surgical nursing
unit. She has served as human resource director and education coordinator
for Joellen Smith Convalescent Center in Algiers, La. Here, she was also
named interim assistant director of nursing for six months.
For three months, Williams worked as
a staff nurse in advanced care nursing for West Jefferson Medical Center
in Marrerro, La. She was then employed for five years by First Home Health
of Bogalusa as assistant director of nursing and P&S Home Health of
Franklinton as director.
Before beginning her employment at Southeastern, Williams served in
the ranks from case manager to administrator for CHD Meridian Health Care
of Bogalusa, La.