Louisiana is the 22nd most populous state in the U.S. and is home to well-known cities such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The state is known for its multicultural population, rich culture, and hunting and fishing industry. However, Louisiana is experiencing a need for qualified nurse practitioners. The U.S. Census reports that Louisiana’s population is on the rise. As such, registered nurses are needed to care for the growing population.
Over the past five years, “there has been a 65% increase in the number of students enrolled in APRN programs in Louisiana,” according to The Louisiana Center for Nursing. For students interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, Louisiana offers seven graduate nursing programs. Alternatively, students can enroll in an approved online, distance-learning program. Students can become licensed in one of the following specialties in Louisiana:
- Nurse Practitioner (NP)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CSN)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Currently, there are currently no programs offering the Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) role in this state.
Nursing Licensure in Louisiana
The Louisiana State Board of Nursing is a state-appointed agency. The Board serves to implement, regulate, and monitor the licensing and regulation requirements for all nurses. Located in Baton Rouge, the Board also works to safeguard the health and safety of the citizens of Louisiana. To work as a nurse in Louisiana, you must fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Application for advanced practice registered nurse licensure by examination
- Verification of advanced practice education
- Verification of national certification
- Verification of original licensure/recognition as an APRN in another state
- Verification of current (or most recent) licensure/recognition as an APRN in another state
- Authorization to disclose criminal history record information forms
It’s important to note that each state licenses advanced practice nurses differently. Your area of specialty will determine what steps are required to maintain your eligibility.
Average Nursing Salaries in Louisiana
All salary data is as of May 2011.
Louisiana has seen an increase in the number of RNs working in home health, community health, ambulatory care, and long-term care. Hospitals, however, continue to be the largest employer of nurses in the state. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in Louisiana is $64,190, while the U.S. average is $69,110. Nurse salaries in Louisiana vary depending on location. However, the other major metropolitan areas in the state reported below-average wages for registered nurses.
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Wage estimates in the five largest metropolitan areas in Louisiana were fairly comparable in 2011. Salaries vary depending on years of experience and education level. Most advanced practice registered nurses in 2010 were nurse practitioners – a position that often commands a higher mean annual wage.