Dr. Ann Carruth


Dr. Carruth's preparation for a career in nursing began at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She began her teaching career after completing a MSN degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Like many nurse faculty, she taught full time and pursued a graduate degree. She received her DNS from LSU Health Sciences Center in 1993. 

Dr. Ann Carruth currently serves as vice-chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the North Oaks Health System.  As the only nurse on the Board, she serves on Quality Council to address performance improvement and emphasis on quality and patient safety.

Dr. Ann Carruth has been a nurse educator over 25 years emphasizing evidence-based curriculum/course development, accreditation, faculty mentoring, and student success and retention. She is dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of nursing at her alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University. Additionally, for the last 8 years she has served on the Deans Administrative Council (DAC) for the Intercollegiate Consortium for the Master of Science in Nursing (ICMSN).

She is a member of the Advisory Council for a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) funded Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education research center at UT Health-Northeast.  For the last 10 years she has served as an ad hoc member and most recently an appointed member of the NIOSH Safety and Occupational Health study section.  She serves as a member of the advisory board for AgriSafe and a NIOSH funded research study at the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health. In her capacity as dean, Dr. Carruth serves as an accreditation reviewer for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and a legislative grassroots liaison for AACN.  She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Agromedicine and reviews for several journals, including Nursing Research and Public Health Nursing, Having authored over 60 journal articles, she has published in high impact journals such as Nursing Research, Public Health Nursing, Research in Nursing and Allied Health, Journal of Nursing Administration, Journal of Nursing Education, and Journal of Nursing Law.  Dr. Ann Carruth is a member of ANA and has served in various leadership roles at the state and local levels.

She has been the recipient of numerous research and programmatic grant awards, totaling more than 2 million, funded by HRSA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation, Louisiana Board of Regents, USDA Delta and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. She is currently Principal Investigator for a NIOSH funded research study measuring thermal load among commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico. Her funded research and project activity has resulted in numerous awards including the Southeastern President’s Award for Excellence in Research; Rho Zeta chapter of STTI Outstanding Researcher of the Year; the LNFs Nurse Researcher of the Year Award, and the prestigious lifetime achievement award, induction in the LNF’s induction in the Hall of Fame.

Dr. Carruth has been married to Paul Carruth for 33 years and together they enjoy traveling with their miniature red poodle, Scout.



  • 1994 Doctor of Nursing ScienceLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1989 Master of Science in Nursing
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1984 Bachelor of Science
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond, Louisiana



  • Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2011
  • Graduate Coordinator School of Nursing 2006-2011
  • Instructor/Associate Professor 1990-2002
  • Professor 2002 –present


  • American Nurses Association 
  • Rho Zeta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau



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