Nursing Schools in Louisiana

Louisiana, lovingly called “The Boot” by those who make their home here, is an excellent place to launch a nursing career in the South. Not only is the average pay for nurses here higher than nearby states like Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama, but the persistent nursing shortage here puts nurses in high demand. CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists) are particularly in demand here, which is good news for RNs who want to continue their nursing education at the graduate level here. Louisiana also had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation as of April 2010—the state’s jobless rate was at a remarkable 6.7 percent while the rest of the nation hovered close to 10 percent unemployment. Also, Louisiana has one of the most fascinating cultures in which to immerse yourself in your off time. Cajun festivals, jazz music in New Orleans and fabulous seafood cuisine make Louisiana truly something special.

The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Louisiana are concentrated in and around the major population centers, such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Louisiana include: the General Health System (Baton Rouge area), the Ochsner Health System, the Willis-Knighton Health System and the North Oaks Health System. Those who want to become nurses in Louisiana can get information about state licensure through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The Louisiana State Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state’s nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can connect with one another, find continuing education opportunities, and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Louisiana’s nurses.

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