1. What is the mission of the Louisiana Center for Nursing?

The mission of the Louisiana Center for Nursing (LCN) is to contribute to the health and welfare of Louisiana residents and visitors through activities that are directed to ensure that there is an adequate workforce to meet the current and future healthcare needs of the citizens of the state.

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2. When and how was the Louisiana Center for Nursing created?

The impetus for establishing a nursing center in Louisiana evolved from discussions between representatives of the Louisiana Council of Administrators of Nursing Education, Inc., (LaCANE), Dr. Norann Planchock, Chair; the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) Barbara Morvant, MN, RN, Executive Director; the Nursing Supply and Demand Commission (NSDC), Dr. Donnie Booth; and the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA), Dr. Joe Ann Clark. LaCANE created a subcommittee to consider the establishment of a nursing center in Louisiana. The recommendation of the subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Melinda Oberlighter, was to establish a nursing center under the auspices of LSBN. Dr. Norann Planchock, Dean of Northwestern School of Nursing, and presiding Chair of LaCANE, approached Senator Long regarding sponsoring legislation to establish such a center. The representatives of LaCANE, LSBN and NSDC met Senator Joe McPherson who authored previous legislation to create NSDC (and the Health Works Commission) and he agreed to coauthor the resolution and was an advocate for the passage of the enabling resolution. Senator Mount, Chair of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee and Senator Michot signed on in support.

Senate Resolution 152, authored by Senator Gerald Long and coauthored by Senators McPherson, Mount and Michot urged and requested LSBN to establish a nursing workforce center in Louisiana and was met with success during the 2008 Regular Legislative Session.

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3. What is the charge to the Louisiana Center for Nursing?

Senate Resolution 152 urged and requested the Louisiana State Board of Nursing to establish a Center for Nursing with the following charges:

  • Collect, analyze and report the registered nurse workforce data utilizing established nursing supply, demand and predictor models to forecast registered nurse resource needs to the Louisiana Health Works Commission.
  • Evaluate registered nurse education capacity, and develop strategies for increasing educational access, retention and mobility, including opportunity for minority and underrepresented groups.
  • Establish a website for information concerning potential employment, and educational opportunities for becoming a registered nurse in Louisiana.
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4. What is the relationship between the Center for Nursing and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing?

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) has been involved in collecting, compiling and reporting demographical and employment data regarding the registered nurse workforce since the 1970s. LSBN has participated in the activities of the Nursing Supply and Demand Commission (NSDC) since its inception in 1991, and subsequently the Health Works Commission established in 2002. LSBN actively facilitated the development of the Louisiana Articulation Model to enhance educational mobility in nursing. While LSBN has consistently collected, compiled and reported information regarding the nursing workforce, little is known about the projected need for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses in Louisiana for the future.

LSBN has a legal mandate to protect the health and safety of Louisiana citizens. In establishing the law governing the practice of nursing in Louisiana the legislature found that the practice of nursing by qualified individuals is necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of this state. Further the legislature found regulation of nursing practice is in the public interest and established the LSBN as the regulatory agency governing the practice of nursing by registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses.

While nursing workforce issues are not specifically mentioned in the nurse practice act, an adequate supply of registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses is inherent in protecting the public health, safety and welfare of Louisiana citizens. SR 152 supports the charge to the Board to be involved not only with the credentialing of individuals to be licensed as registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses but additionally with activities related to determining the need for nursing resources to meet the needs of Louisiana citizens.

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