Beginning in January 2023, 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 campus. Shreveport. Classes will be delivered through a combination of in-person instruction and synchronous distance education, where Shreveport students will virtually join classes in progress at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. Professors from LSU Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport will also teach 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 will also offer a master’s degree with a nurse educator concentration. The Nurse Educator Concentration is an intensive master’s degree in nursing science designed to be completed in one year. The program builds on the theory and skills acquired through the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The goal is to prepare nurses to become nurse educators and achieve their career goals in academic, practice, and service settings. Students will earn a master’s degree in nursing from LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. Application information is available here.
“We are thrilled to partner with LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, with its outstanding reputation and track record, to offer these programs to North Louisiana students seeking advanced nursing and nursing degrees,” said said Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, Dean of the LSUHS School of Allied Health Professions. “With the current and projected shortage of nurses, our increased capacity to train nurses and nurse educators will allow us to be part of the solution to the urgent and long-term needs of our community.
Even before the pandemic, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected nearly 200,000 RN openings each year from 2020 to 2030. The shortage has only grown during the pandemic. Last year, the American Nurses Association sent a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the nursing shortage a national crisis.
“Registered nurses are in dire need in Louisiana to provide health care,” notes Linda Ledet, DNS, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Off-Campus Instructional Site Program Director. “One solution to this problem is to provide training for qualified students who wish to pursue a career in nursing. The CARE Bachelor of Science (BSN) Nursing Concentration will admit 20 students in the spring and fall semesters. We hope to increase the number of admissions in the second year. Second-degree nursing students are generally highly motivated and have higher academic expectations than most entry-level traditional nursing students. These accelerated students excel in the classroom and are eager for clinical experiences. Teachers find them excellent learners who are not afraid to ask questions and engage 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.