Deedra Harrington

Nursing Professor Deedra Harrington
  • Faculty
  • Associate Professor


Dr. Harrington, associate professor,  is the interim Department Head and Associate to the Dean for LHC Group Myers School of Nursing. 
As a nursing educator and an advanced practice registered nurse she has spent nearly three decades assisting and working to enhance the nursing profession both in academia and in the clinical arena. She is nationally certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner board certified (ACNP-BC) and holds two endowed professorships for nursing. In addition to her full time work at the University she continues to practice and maintains certification as an ACNP.-BC. She works with a local cardiology group on weekends and during semester breaks.
Dr. Harrington has published many peer reviewed articles that focus on the care of the cardiovascular patient population. 
In addition to her responsibilities as interim Department Head she also serves on several University committees. She remains active as a regional representative for the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and has previously served on the ANA Committee on Nursing Practice Standards.


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), 2012
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Post Masters’, 2009
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Master of Science in Nursing, 2005
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1996
University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, LA 

Student Research/Collaboration

Care and management of the cardiovascular population 


  • Harrington, D., Lenahan, C., & Stueben, F. (2021). Management of NSTEMI/STEMI in Patients with COVID-19. Clinical Advisor.
  • Lenahan, C.M., Harrington, D.H., & Stueben, F. (2021). SGLT2 inhibitors: What tole do they play in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction? The Nurse Practitioner.
  • Harrington, D., Lenahan, C., & Stueben, F. (2019). STEMI and NSTEMI: Medical and Surgical Interventions. In L. Fowler & J. Landry (Eds.) Interventions in cardiovascular disease (pp. 49-64). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. 
  • Taquino, A., Harrington, D., Lenahan, C. (2018). Examination of college students’ attitudes, beliefs, or intentions to becoming an organ donor: Identifying factors that influence organ donation behavior to improve social awareness. International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship. ISSN 2291-6679
  • Lenahan, C. & Harrington, D. (October, 2018). Current Guidelines for Management of Low Back Pain. The Clinical Advisor.
  • Harrington, D., Stueben, F., Lenahan, C. (August, 2018). Chagas disease: Presentation and management. The Clinical Advisor.
  • Lenahan, C. & Harrington, D. (2016). PCSK9 inhibitors for familial hypercholesterolemia. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12 (8), 577-578. 
  • Lenahan, C. & Harrington, D. (2016). Personalizing anticoagulant treatments for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, The Clinical Advisor.

Awards & Recognition

  • LSNA- Nightingale Nursing Educator of the Year (2021)
  • Research Excellence Award (2018-2019)
  • Eminent Scholar Dr. Ray P. Authement Excellence in Teaching Award (2019)
  • Medical Mentor for Accelerate South Program, Lafayette, LA (2018-present)
  • Fellow, Leadership in Academic Nursing Program, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2018) 
  • Rising Star Research Award (2016-2017)
  • Undergraduate Faculty Research Mentor (2014-2016)