Louisiana Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in Louisiana

Louisiana is exhausting all means necessary to reduce the impact of the nationwide nursing shortage. Some hospitals are increasing signing bonuses to help new nurses pay off their student loans in order to expand their nursing staff and promote staff retention. Most hospitals in Louisiana are still in the final phases of recovering from Hurricane Katrina, which forced countless residents, including doctors and nurses, even nursing students, from their homes and also damaged medical facilities. The number of nurses who relocated after Katrina added to deficit. Hospitals are in need of the most nurses but private practices are also suffering from the shortage. Only 96% of nursing jobs in Louisiana are expected to be filled by 2015.  Top employers of nurses in Louisiana are Saint Francis Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and Willis-Knighton Medical Center.

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About Louisiana

Louisiana was given its name from French settlers who named it La Louisiane, meaning “Land of Louis” after their King Louis XIV. Long before Europeans explored the territory now known as Louisiana, Native American tribes roamed the land. In the 1500’s, Spanish conquistadors explored the land. All of these nationalities still exist today in Louisiana and heavily affect the culture of the “Bayou State”. Sub-ethnicities from these nationalities exist only in Louisiana and include, Cajun, which refers to French settlers from Acadia who sought refuge in Louisiana in the late 1700’s, and Creole, which refers to the descendants of Native Americans,  African and Caribbean refugees and French and Spanish settlers. Both of these ethnicities, Cajun and Creole, have their own distinct language, traditions, and cuisines. The state’s capital is Baton Rouge, although its largest and most touristic city is New Orleans. The history of Louisiana is rich and shaped the southern state to what it is today: a state known for its unique cuisine, jazz and rhythm and blues music, voodoo, magic, wetlands and waterways, and of course, Mardi Gras!

Change in nursing jobs in the future

2012

42,440

2020

52,020

$56,750

Avg. Salary

52

Number of nursing programs in state

113

Number of hospitals in state

23

Number of nursing schools in state

Nursing programs offered in Louisiana

  • Grambling State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Baccalaureate Nursing Program
      • RN to BSN Flexible Option
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Nurse Educator (MSN)
      • Post Master's FNP Certificate
      • Post Certification FNP Certificate

      Accreditation

      NLNAC

  • Louisiana College +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • McNeese State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • ASN
      • LPN to ASN
      • BSN
      • LPN to BSN
      • RN to BSN Online
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Nurse Executive (MSN)
      • Certificate Programs

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Nicholls State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN Program
      • LPN to BSN Articulation Program
      • RN to BSN Articulation Program
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Nurse Executive (MSN)
      • Nurse Educator (MSN)

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Southeastern Louisiana University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Bachelor of Science, Concentration in Nursing
      • BSN Accelerated Option
      • LPN to BS
      • RN to BS
      • Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
      • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (MSN)
      • Nurse Executive (MSN)
      • Nurse Educator (MSN)
      • Post-Master's Certificate Program
      • DNP

      Accreditation

      NLNAC