NSU Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Rosaline Caldwell

NSU Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Rosaline Caldwell currently serves as the Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner for Pediatric Surgical Associates at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Rosaline received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. As a newly registered nurse in 1997, she went to work at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport in the department of pediatrics. There, she provided superior nursing care to acutely ill children in the emergency department, the intensive care unit, and the general pediatric wards. Her desire to care for sick children fueled her passion to further her knowledge base. So in 2003, she began her pursuit of an advanced practice degree in nursing. Two years later, in May of 2005, she received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Shortly after completing graduate school, she completed her certification in Primary Care. Rosaline has been with Pediatric Surgical Associates since that time and now has over 20 years of experience providing care to acutely and chronically ill pediatric patients. Rosaline completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in August of 2017 from Northwestern State University.

In July 2005, Rosaline, along with two Pediatric Surgeons, formed the only pediatric surgery team in Northwest Louisiana. For at least six years prior to that time, there were no pediatric surgical services available to the people of Northern Louisiana. Rosaline and her team, now consisting of three surgeons, care for the pediatric surgical needs of a population of 1.2 million in Shreveport and her surrounding areas.

Rosaline was nominated for the 2010 Louisiana Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year. In March of 2013, she was a participant in the Nurse in Washington Internship, where she had the opportunity to address legislative issues affecting nurses with Senators and Louisiana Representative, Dr. John Fleming. In March of 2015, she was voted Outstanding Medical Professional by the Shreveport/Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce.

Rosaline’s professional organizations include: the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, in which she has served as member, Legislative Special Interest Group Chair, and Development Chair on the Board of Directors; the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and has served as the President of Northwest Louisiana Pediatric Society.

Rosaline is a published author of five peer-reviewed medical journal articles, a content reviewer for the 3rd edition of Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient, and a speaker on the local, regional and national levels.

Rosaline is happily married to Minister Fred Caldwell, II. The Caldwells have a beautifully blended family of five children and two grandchildren.