Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni

Lydia Arriaga

Loyola University New Orleans

Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni - Lydia ArriagaLydia Arriaga is currently enrolled in the DNP program at Loyola University New Orleans with a research interest is developing and implementing a process to ensure appropriate follow-up for veterans diagnosed with prostate cancer. Ms. Arriaga has been a Nurse Practioner for 30 years and currently has a position is in the Urology Service at the VA in New Orleans.

Her first position as a Nurse Practitioner was at the VA Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in the Surgery Service Line in Orthopedics, then transferred within the same service line to Ophthalmology. Following Hurricane Katrina, she was detailed to the VA in Baton Rouge and Alexandria, Louisiana implementing changes that were instrumental in maintaining patient access to care and, more importantly, the continuity of their care. Ms. Arriaga then accepted an offer as a Nurse Practitioner for Surgery Service by the VA in Alexandria. Working in the private sector, she was able to expand my knowledge and experience in other specialties, including Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Orthopedics and Neurotology.