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LSNA Events


Described below are regularly held events that are sponsored by LSNA

  • Link to the Legislature

    This event is held at the start of the Legislative Session. Governmental officials provide presentations and/or participate in panel discussions of current legislative bills impacting nursing and healthcare. CE credit is included. This event is very informative and offers a great opportunity for networking.
    The next day “Nurse Day at the Capitol” is held to demonstrate the voice of Nursing.
    Exhibits and educational materials are available, legislative sessions are observed and the Proclamation for Nursing is presented in the House and Senate.

  • Sea

    This is an annual event hosted by LSNA for their members, families and friends. A great group discount is available but space is limited and reservations fill up quickly. The cruise is held in the fall; registration and down payment is initiated in the spring. In addition to the usual activities available on a standard cruise, there is a CE Program that is provided.
    Sail away with us!

  • Nightingale Gala

    This annual Award Program is sponsored by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation to recognize outstanding leaders in the healthcare field – schools of nursing, agencies, educators, administrators, community volunteerism, advanced practice, research and clinical practice. Nurses with lifelong contributions to the nursing profession are inducted into the LSNA Nursing Hall of Fame.

    The Gala is a semi-formal, dinner event that attracts great participation. Award recipients need not be members of LSNA. that recognizes the following categories:

    • Rookie of the Year
    • Nurse of the Year
    • Mentor of the Year
    • Nurse Researcher of the Year
    • Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year
    • Clinical Nurse Educator of the Year
    • Nurse educator of the Year
    • Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year
    • Outstanding Community Achievement
    • Nursing School Administrator of the Year
    • Nursing Administrator of the Year
    • Nursing School of the Year (Undergrad)
    • Nursing School of the Year (Graduate)
    • Outstanding Employer (Non-Hosp.)
    • Hospital of the Year (60 or fewer beds)
    • Hospital of the Year (61-160 beds)
    • Hospital of the Year (>160 beds)
    • Nursing Hall of Fame

    This is an annual meeting of representatives from associate organizations that are Affiliates and Partners of LSNA and healthcare delivery. The intent is to convene leaders from healthcare organizations to share information on current healthcare delivery concerns and collaborate on strategies to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare.
    The meeting focuses on information sharing, identification of current challenges at the forefront of healthcare, discussion of key issues facing professional nursing and healthcare.


    This biennial event is held in the odd years. The official business of the Association is conducted at this time – bylaw revisions, resolutions, reports of officers, directors, committees and district associations and election of officers. Each district is allotted a delegate based on every 10 members in the district plus a delegate-at large. A CE presentation is included. In addition, there are poster displays, exhibits and a raffle.


    LSNA recognizes outstnading contributions of members. Whereas, the Nightingale Awards are intended to represent the community of nursing and not focus on contributions to the professional association or recognize members of LSNA. It is important to acknowledge the outstanding performance, leadership and involvement of the members and express appreciation to supporters of LSNA. Awards are presented at the biennial Convention. These include: Outstanding BOD, Volunteer, Legislator, District President, District Recruitment, and Community Involvement by DNA. Plus, most innovative district project promoting Nursing as a Career. The most prestigious is LSNA Fellow that recognizes the long-term dedication and leadership commitment of our members.


    As a service to nursing and healthcare organizations, LSNA maintains certification as an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Program. As such, LSNA is certified to provide and approve CE credit for individual education activities (IEA) for professional nursing. In addition, LSNA is authorized to approve organizations as on-going providers of IEA.
    ANCC continuing education hours are nationally recognized, accepted for re-licensure in all States and meet certification renewal standards. LSNA offers several CE events each year and co-sponsors with other groups.