RN Programs in Louisiana
Louisiana's nursing shortage has reached an all-time high, with an estimated 4,663 positions unfilled, and a dire shortage of nurse faculty, just as the demand for healthcare services is growing. The faculty shortage and lack of funds to hire nurse educators forced Louisiana nursing schools to turn away 1,690 qualified students in 2008, according to the association. The average age of a U.S. nurse is 47, and because more nurses retire than graduate each year, that age is only going up. Yet as baby boomers approach retirement, students are finding themselves rejected from nursing schools by the thousands because of a shortage of nursing faculty. The national nursing shortage that's been going on for years was made worse in southeast Louisiana by Hurricane Katrina. The nursing shortage is acute in the metropolitan New Orleans area and is the limiting factor in the number of hospital beds that can be opened. According to Louisiana Health Works, the Occupation Forecasting Report and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There's Far More To Louisiana Than New Orleans
Renowned for Mardi Gras revelry, French Quarter, and Cafe du Monde'sbeignets, New Orleans is the most populous city in Louisiana, but did you know that out of 64 parishes in Louisiana, 40 are designated as rural and are Health Professional Shortages Areas? There are 112 Acute Care Hospitals in Louisiana, 50 of which are located in rural areas. Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Registered Nurses, and Allied Health Care providers are in great demand to provide care in Louisiana's urban and rural areas.
Nurses With Advanced Degrees In Demand
In order to meet the increasingly complex demands of today's health care environment, many hospitals and other health care employers that don't already require a BSN degree for new hires have established "BSN preferred" policies, so now is the perfect time for LPN's to enroll in an online LPN to RN program, or LPN to BSN degree program, for RN's to take an online RN-BSN degree completion program, or RN to MSN bridge program, and for BSN nurses to earn a MS in Nursing degree.
Average Nursing Base Salaries:
|Nursing Assistant: $24,522 - $29,916||Licensed Practical Nurse: $36,652 - $44,166|
|RN Staff Nurse: $57,299 - $69,543||Nurse Practitioner: $77,826- $91,734|
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