Louisiana

The Louisiana Action Coalition is the leading organization transforming health care through nursing in our state. The coalition provides leadership to advance high-quality, patient-centered health care in Louisiana where all members of the health care team contribute as essential partners.

Visit the Louisana Action Coalition website to keep up to date with the state's activities.

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    Education

    In the coming years, our health care system will serve nearly a million newly insured Louisianans as well as a rapidly increasing number of older adults and people with chronic conditions.  Educating a strong nursing workforce in Louisiana is critical to increasing access to high quality, patient centered care for all Louisianans.  Nearly 50 percent (49.5%) of Louisiana’s RNs are prepared at the baccalaureate or higher degree level.

    Progress

    Ochsner Health System with support from the Louisiana Action Coalition will convene a Consortium for Excellence in Nursing to foster open dialogue about partnerships between academia and health care organizations that would promote creative approaches to nursing education and accessibility for working nurses.  Louisiana continues to make strides in the seamless progression across all levels of nursing education and expanding the state’s capacity to prepare BSN and doctoral graduates. 

    Leadership

    Nurses bring important viewpoints to management and policy discussions but often times they are not included in the decision making process.

    Progress
    The Louisiana Action Coalition will inventory and adopt a set of leadership competencies to guide nurses in a leadership track.  We also will advocate to secure resources for continuing education and training, and develop a model for coaching and mentoring.  
     

    Practice

    Louisiana’s health care consumers should be able to access a primary care provider when and where they need one.  Unfortunately more than 2.6 million Louisiana citizens or 57.8 percent of the population live in a primary care health professional shortage area and are unable to get the care they need. 

    Progress

    Decades of evidence demonstrate that advanced practice registered nurses provide high quality health care with positive outcomes equal to the care provided by their physician counterparts.  We are focused on working with stakeholders to identify and remove barriers to practice in order to increase consumers’ access to high-quality, patient-centered care. 

    Interprofessional Collaboration

    Nurses make up the largest segment of the health care workforce in Louisiana. Their role on the health care team is important to enhance the quality and safety of patient care in a state that ranks low in patient outcomes.    
     
    Progress

    The Louisiana Action Coalition is actively fostering effective nurse leadership on health and professional organizations like the Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum and the Chronic Care workgroup led by the HomeCare Association of Louisiana.  We also are creating a speakers bureau of nurse experts on key topics, initiating inter-professional leadership training and annually recognizing the inter-professional achievement of a nurse leader. 

    Diversity

    Louisiana’s nursing workforce is not as diverse as the population it serves. 

    Progress

    Our Core Leadership Team represents a broad, diverse group of nurse leaders and nurse champions who are working with organizations like the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses and nurse educators to increase the diversity of Louisiana’s nursing workforce to reflect its patient population in terms of gender, race and ethnicity. 

    Data

    Over the next twenty years, Louisiana’s 65+ population will grow 81 percent as the nation’s largest generation – the Baby Boomers – start to mature.  This aging demographic will put pressures on the need for a highly-educated, diverse nursing workforce to deliver quality, patient-centered health care.   

    Progress
    In 2012, the Louisiana Center for Nursing and the Nursing Supply and Demand Council released the state’s first Nursing Workforce Demand Study which revealed that there continues to be a substantial need for nurses specifically in hospices, long term care, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies.    
     

     

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    Cynthia Bienemy, Director, Louisiana Center for Nursing

    Denise Bottcher, Associate State Director, AARP Louisiana State Office

    Ann Jenkins, State Coordinator, Louisiana Action Coalition 

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