Become a Registered Nurse in Louisiana - LA

How to Become an RN in Louisiana

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing helps ensure that RNs are competent and safe by creating and enforcing standards and licensing requirements.

The Board will not grant you a license if you have any civil or criminal charges pending against you, or if there is any other cause to withhold your license. You must submit the application and the fee, the testing fee, a signed and dated photograph and a copy of your fingerprints.

Once you’ve met the educational requirements by completing one of the Louisiana RN programs and had your school forward your transcripts to the Board, if your school is in the United States, you must sit for the NCLEX-RN examination. You have four years from graduation and up to four tries to pass the test. If your school was outside the United States, you must apply by endorsement, a slightly different method.

In the interim between graduation and completing the exam, you may receive a temporary RN license, which is good for 90 days or until your NCLEX-RN results are received by the state.

To receive your license by endorsement, you must never have been licensed as an RN in Louisiana (if you were, you need to have your license reinstated). You must already be an LPN (licensed practical nurse) for the past six months, have graduated from an approved nursing program, and be licensed as a practical nurse in another state. If you are infected with HIV, you must report it to the Board.

Nursing Organizations in Louisiana
Louisiana Center for Nursing
This workforce center was established by the Louisiana Board of Nursing at the request of two state senators. It provides career advice and information for existing and prospective nurses.

Louisiana State Nurses Association
More than 100 years ago, a small group of nurses met in New Orleans to found this organization. They sought to create standards for nursing care, share resources and information with other state nursing agencies, offer lectures, workshops and other continuing education courses, and advocate for the improvement of healthcare in Louisiana.

Louisiana State Nurses Association
5713 Superior Drive
Suite A-6
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 201-0993

Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP)
LANP seeks to help market nurse practitioners, offer its members resources and guidance, and help promote this particular branch of nursing. This 20-year-old organization has helped modify Louisiana statutes and continues to advocate for the profession.
Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
5713 Superior Drive, Suite A5
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 293-7950

Louisiana School Nurses Association
For more than 40 years, this organization–now with about 300 members serving more than 750,000 Louisiana students—has worked to strengthen school health programs, create standards for school nursing and provide networking and resources for school nurses.

Louisiana School Nurses Association
(877) 453-2721

Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANACRNA)
This organization for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) advocates for its members, promotes the profession and is the state chapter of a larger group that represents specialty nurses nationwide. There are 27,000 practicing CRNAs in the U.S.

Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Ltd.
P.O. Box 55261
Metairie, LA 70055

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