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LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Expands Nursing Education to North Louisiana

LSU Health Shreveport

Beginning in January 2023, the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing will educate students in three accelerated nursing programs in Northern Louisiana at its newly approved off-campus teaching site located on the LSU Health Shreveport campus. Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face instruction and synchronous distance learning. In this case, Shreveport students virtually attend classes taking place at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. LSU Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport faculty also teach several basic science courses.

        “We are pleased to lead an LSU systemwide effort to quickly fill an urgent need for highly qualified nurses in North Louisiana,” notes Dr. Steve Nelson, Interim Chancellor of LSU Health New Orleans. “Working with LSU Health Shreveport and LSU Shreveport, our accelerated nursing degree programs will address this critical situation.”

        Applications are now open for the Career Alternative RN Education (CARE) Program, a two-year program designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any field and would like to become a nurse. Students will graduate from LSU Health New Orleans with a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree.

        “The LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Off-Campus Instructional Site provides us with the opportunity to academically prepare nurse educators in North Louisiana and provide a career path for individuals with a previous baccalaureate degree to enter into the nursing profession,” says Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, PCC, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN, Dean and Professor LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. “By preparing nursing faculty and educating more BSN nurses, we would like to impact the nursing shortage challenges in North Louisiana positively.”

        Students may also enroll in the RN to BSN Degree Program, a one-year program of study specifically for the RN with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The RN to BSN degree program provides a broad liberal and professional education that builds upon the competencies and knowledge achieved in previous nursing education and practice. Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. Application information is available here.

LSU Health New Orleans also offers a master’s degree in nurse educator concentration. The Nurse Educator Concentration is an intensive Master of Science in Nursing degree designed to be completed in one year. The curriculum builds on the theories and skills acquired in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The aim is to prepare nurses to become nursing educators and to achieve career goals in academic, practice, and service settings. The student graduates from her LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing with a Master of Science in Nursing. Application information is available here.

“We are pleased to partner with the excellent reputation and track record of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing to bring these programs to Northern Louisiana students seeking nursing and advanced nursing degrees.” of the LSUHS School of Allied Health Professions. “With current and projected nurse shortages, our additional capacity to train nurses and nursing educators will allow us to be part of the solution to the immediate and long-term needs of our communities.”

Even before the pandemic, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted nearly 200,000 registered nurse vacancies each year from 2020 to 2030. The shortage only widened during the pandemic. Last year, the American Nurses Association sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services urging it to declare the nurse shortage a national crisis.

“Louisiana desperately needs registered nurses to provide health care,” said LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Off-Campus Instructional Site Program Director, DNS, APRN, PMHCNS-BC. Linda Ledet said. “One solution to this problem is to provide education to qualified students who want nursing as a career. We hope to increase enrollment in year two.2 Degree nursing students are typically highly motivated and have higher academic expectations than most traditional entry-level nursing students. “These accelerated students excel in their classes and are enthusiastic about their clinical experience. Faculty believe they are good learners who are not afraid to ask questions or participate in discussions.”

        Hospital leaders in North Louisiana recently reported that they are experiencing a worsening shortage of nurses.

        LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing is ranked the #10 nursing school in the US and the #5 nursing school among American public nursing schools.