Jennifer Surgala Couvillon, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
Dr. Jennifer S. Couvillon is the president of Chamberlain University’s New Orleans, Louisiana campus. Dr. Couvillon has more than 25 years of experience in the clinical nursing and education realms and is appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Dr. Couvillon served as assistant vice president of system nursing professional development at Ochsner Health System and was an assistant professor of clinical nursing at Louisiana State University School of Nursing. She is a critical care nurse and started her career in the cardiac intensive care unit at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Couvillon made a global impact as she recruited nursing students for study abroad programs in England and Ireland. Her perspective on universal healthcare was born when she cared for patients at Guys and St. Thomas hospital in London, England. Dr. Couvillon was recognized for her international service through the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Nurse Chiron mentor program. In 2016, Dr. Couvillon was named a New Orleans City Business Healthcare Hero; in 2012, a City Business Women of the Year; and in 2003, a New Orleans Great 100 Nurse.
Dr. Couvillon has served as president of the Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Nu Chapter and as president of the American Nurses Association New Orleans District Nursing Association. She is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development and Louisiana Chapter for National League for Nursing. She is a National League for Nursing ambassador and on-site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Dr. Couvillon earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in nursing education from Duquesne University, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a family nurse practitioner specialty from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Georgetown University.