The mission of LSNA is to foster high standards for professional nursing practice for all Registered Nurses and advocate for quality healthcare for the citizens of Louisiana.
Be a respected voice for registered nurses and recognized as a relevant partner in health care delivery.
LSNA provides a variety of services:
- Retains Legislative Representation (Southern Strategy Group)
- Promotes Advanced Practice Nursing
- Promotes Nurse Leadership
- Sponsors Nurse Day at the Capital
- Defends the Nurse Practice Act
- Co-Host of the Annual Nightingale Awards & Gala
- Maintains CE Provider/Approval Program
- Supports Louisiana Action Coalition (LAC)
- Provides National Representation
- Promotes the Louisiana Nurse Foundation as its philanthropic arm
- Distributes Quarterly Pelican News to all Nurses
- Sends the Monthly Insider to All Members
- Member discounts and benefits
The functions of LSNA include:
- To promote, through appropriate means, standards of nursing education and nursing services as defined by the American Nurses Association
- To promote adherence to the code of ethical conduct for practitioners established by the American Nurses Association (ANA)
- To promote legislation and speak for nurses in regard to legislative action.
- To provide for the continuing professional development of practitioners.
- To provide for organization and function of nursing practice interest groups as indicated.
- To provide services to District Nurses Associations (hereinafter referred to as DNAs) and members.
- To maintain communication with DNAs and members.
- To represent nurses and serve as their spokesman with allied professional, community and governmental groups and the public.
- To provide for representation in the ANA Membership Assembly.
- To promote relationship and collaboration with the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses.
- To facilitate the professional nurse in creating a safe and uncompromised work environment in which to deliver quality patient care.
LSNA is comprised of thirteen District Nurses Associations that represent the registered nurses in their geographical area. LSNA is led by a nine-member Board of Directors (BOD) that are elected by the delegates in attendance at the biennial convention.
The BOD consists of the Executive Committee of four Officers and five Director positions that have voting rights. The decisions of the Board are bound by the Association by-laws and the established policies.
The LSNA office is located in Baton Rouge on Spanish Town Road, just steps away from the Louisiana Capitol. Under the governance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Directors leads daily operations for LSNA including long term planning and visioning. The Executive Director leads a small but dedicated team on behalf of the LSNA, the Louisiana Nurses Foundation, and in support of LANPAC.
- Executive Director: Thea Ducrow, Ph.D.
- Program Coordinator: Danielle Hodge
- Director of CNE: Kim V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
- Membership Coordinator: Karen Loden (Volunteer)
543 Spanish Town Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
President: Patrick Reed
Pres.-elect: Ecoee Rooney
Secretary: Justin Fontenot
Treasurer: Denise Hancock
Dir. Transition to Practice: Matthew Linn
Dir. Leadership/Prof. Develop.: Ahnyel J Burkes
Dir. Organizational Advancement: Deborah Spann
Dir. Health Policy & Advocacy: Chadwick K. Possa
Dir. Membership: Benita Chatmon
Audit Committee – conduct an annual audit of LSNA income and expenses, with the assistance of the certified public accountant
Finance Committee – monitor the fiscal activities of the Association
Membership Committee – develop and promote strategies for membership recruitment and retention
Nominating Committee – identify candidates for vacant positions; prepare ballot
Resolution and Bylaws Committee – develop resolutions and changes to by-laws