In 2017, Harry Connick Jr. featured Nola The Nurse and Dr. Scharmaine Lawson as a Leading Lady for their community efforts to improve literacy and educate children about the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse.
Johnson & Johnson Discover Nursing campaign is a special feature that highlights nurses making a global impact. Dr. Lawson was featured in 2016.
Dr. Lawson was featured on ABC for her groundbreaking work with improving access to healthcare in New Orleans.
In this video Katie Couric and the CBS Evening News crew make Housecalls with Dr. Lawson in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
By just looking at her credentials one can see that Dr. Lawson is a powerhouse nurse. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner she worked as an ICU, ER, travel, and level 1 trauma nurse before deciding to obtain her MSN. While finishing up her MSN, she worked in home health for a period of ten years. Choosing to become a NP was a matter of flexibility for her. She felt the fluidity of where she could work as a NP was more fitting of her personality. Initially, she planned to become a CRNA, but after a few years in ICU and Trauma ICU, she discovered she was a much more “hands-on” type of practitioner. Loving her community of New Orleans, she decided that community nursing was a great fit. Stopping at MSN was not enough for this overachiever, however; she decided to pursue her DNP. She concluded that the Doctorate in Nursing Practice would allow her to pursue academic positions and also to lead healthcare administrative systems if she decided to change her career path.
Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker says her energy and can-do attitude help her run a home health care business while getting her own publishing company off the ground. She was inspired to create A DrNurse Publishing House and the Nola the Nurse series (www.nolathenurse.com) when she was unable to find children's stories for her young daughter that featured minorities in health care jobs and other STEM-related fields.
Dr. Scharmaine Lawson, NP is a nationally recognized and award-winning nurse practitioner in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and winner of the 2013 Healthcare Hero award (New Orleans City Business magazine) and 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year award (ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioner magazine).
A special edition of Nola the Nurse®, published as the people of New Orleans mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, honors an event that changed the lives of so many. Nola vividly shares the details of the worst natural disaster to ever hit the United States as her mother told it to her. Her dolls and other toys are instantly transformed as she tells the story of how her mother and Dr. Baker, both nurse practitioners, came back to New Orleans to provide care to many storm victims.
In this episode of the SAGEClinician Podcast, Barbara Phillips, NP talks with Dr. Scharmaine Lawson, creator of The Housecall Course about Katrina, housecalls, leadership and publishing. We also talk about her favorite books and leave you with a bit of a cliff hanger.
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future and Nurse.com have partnered to develop a new content series, “APNs Transforming Care.” The series looks at ways advanced practice nurses are changing the face of healthcare delivery and will include inspirational stories and interesting Q&As about APNs in different areas of the country who are meeting and exceeding the 2010 Institute of Medicine recommendations for the future of the nursing profession. The series also offers practical advice on pursuing a career as an advanced practice nurse. It culminates in a downloadable e-book that includes many topics from advice on broadening various nursing roles into APN roles; the benefits of a career as an APN; programs and academic prerequisites, finances, certifications and more. We invite you to join in a two-way conversation with your colleagues about nursing’s expanding role in healthcare’s future, via social media.
— Andrea Higham, senior director, corporate equity & partnerships,
Johnson & Johnson
Early on Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, FAANP, knew she was a survivor. Living in New Orleans with her 80-year-old grandmother who raised her, she passed the nursing comprehensive exams and the NCLEX on the first try, despite personal challenges. “I realized I possessed great strength and power, and a force was brewing in me that would serve me well during my life,” she said.
In this episode, we have Nola The Nurse Children’s Book Author Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, DNP. Scharmaine is the author of the popular children’s book series Nola the Nurse, featuring a young girl who wants to grow up to become a nurse just like her mom. It promotes advanced practice nursing to the next generation of nurses coming along.
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