(April 25, 2016) Dr. Tari Dilks, professor of nursing at McNeese State University, has been named one of three “Influential Louisiana Nurse Practitioner Professors Who Teach Online” by NursePractitionersSchools.com, a California company that identifies programs that offer specialized NP programs and profiles well-respected professors who guide students to clinical success online.
Dilks is co-coordinator of McNeese’s Master of Science in Nursing programs and director of the psychiatric/mental health track for the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing partnership involving McNeese, Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The consortium was created to provide more opportunities for nurses to obtain their MSN degree to meet nursing needs in the state, and as a result, online courses and degrees are now available that prepare students for opportunities in the health care profession. ICMSN faculty members - experts in distance education, clinical practice and research - mentor students in specialty concentrations.
Dilks obtained her doctorate in nurse practitioner/family psychology from the University of Tennessee, her Master of Science in Nursing degree and her Master of Arts degree in psychology both from McNeese and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Texas State University. She is a family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a licensed professional counselor in Louisiana.
She was a recipient of the Louisiana Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2012, and in 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, a program established to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. FAANP has inducted 542 members into the program nationwide and selections are based on recognition of the nurse practitioner’s accomplishments and contributions to advance the nurse practitioner role.
At McNeese, she is a recipient of the Emily Stokes Professorship in Nursing, Fred and Ruth B. Zigler Foundation Professorship in Nursing and the Fannie Edith Winn Educational Trust Professorship in Nursing as well as a Pinnacle Excellence Award for the College of Nursing and Health Professions.