Lisa Hawthorne, Ph.D.

Core Faculty,
Department of Nursing

I currently live in a small town in Louisiana, having just moved her from Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas in February 2019. I have lived most of my adult life in San Diego, CA. Our relocation to Texas came for my younger son to receive cancer treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, and thankfully he’s four years out from a successful stem cell transplant for AML.

I value online learning tremendously. I would have never been able to complete my MSN degree without it, as the mom of two young boys at the time, and a husband who spent a lot of time deployed with the Marine Corps. I completed my dissertation for my PhD in Nursing at the University of San Diego. For fun, I spend time with my husband, adult sons, and two dogs (Zoey, the Golden Retriever and Abby, the German Shepherd).

Most of my direct patient care experience is in medical-surgical nursing and working as a public health nurse with a community clinic. For the past eighteen years, I have been teaching nursing at the certification level, bachelor’s degree level and master’s degree level for private colleges and universities. I have taught in on-ground classes, hybrid classes, and online.

One experience that really opened my eyes about the differences in healthcare providers is when I had taught with the Oceanside (CA) Unified School District through a special grant to train doctors and nurses from other countries. The purpose of the program was to assist them with integration into the U. S. health care system. For the past several years I have been employed in academic affairs as the Nursing Education Director of Nursing for a private college system that had schools throughout the U. S., which has allowed me to work with various boards of nursing. For the past five years, I have served with a private university as the dean for the school of nursing and graduate nursing studies. In February 2019, I started with Louisiana State University as the director of nursing for an associate of science in nursing program with two locations/campuses. I feel this position allows me to get back to the basics of nursing education.

I try to do what I can to give back to nursing in my local community. I have just ended my term as an elected member of the Board for my local district of the Texas Nurses Association as the treasurer/secretary and served as a member with the Texas League for Nursing strategic planning committee. I have just renewed my NLN certification as a nurse educator (CNE) for the third time (initial by testing and two others with merit/nursing activities).


  • Doctorate in Nursing
    University of San Diego
  • Master's in Nursing
    University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor's in Nursing
    University of Phoenix

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BSN to MSN Master of Science

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RN to MSN Master of Science

Turn your RN into an MSN with this accelerated program that also allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree on the way to your master’s. Designed to help you excel in evidence-based decision making, informatics, global perspectives and innovative thinking, this program prepares graduates to serve in educational or administrative roles in nursing.


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RN to BSN Bachelor of Science

Earning a BSN means you’ll have advanced nursing knowledge and expanded professional skills to excel in a global and increasingly complex healthcare system. Nurses with a BSN qualify for more jobs and earn higher salaries than associate degree nurses.


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