Louisiana State Nurses Association

Established in 1904, the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA) advocates for all Registered Nurses (RN) in Louisiana. LSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

They state as their mission:

“To support and serve all levels of registered nurses in Louisiana through ethical leadership, professional growth, and effective advocacy to promote excellence in health care.”

The LSNA grew out of a meeting of nurses in New Orleans on March 16th of 1904. The group was lead by Miss Ella Comford. In its first year of existence, it created the equivalent of continuing education courses by arranging for doctors around the state to lecture on subjects of interest to nurses. That same year saw the association create what is the equivalent of a political action committee to influence legislation affecting nursing and health care in Louisiana.

The organization has established thirteen districts serving various metropolitan areas as follows:

  • Alexandria
  • Baton Rouge
  • Bayou
  • Feliciana
  • Lafayette
  • Lake Charles
  • Monroe
  • New Orleans
  • Northshore
  • Ruston
  • Shreveport
  • Tangiphoa
  • Winn

Joining the Louisiana State Nurses Association

There are a few options for those wanting to become part of the LSNA organization. There are three categories of membership:

  • Full Membership (full benefits from ANA, LSNA, and LSNA District membership)
  • Reduced Membership (full benefits from ANA, LSNA, and LSNA District membership with reduced dues)
  • State-Only Membership (benefits from only LSNA and LSNA District membership)

Membership in ANA and LSNA offer many benefits. Nurses in the organization are able to network with other nurses from across Louisiana (and the nation for full and reduced members) from all specialties and practice settings.

Members receive several publications as part of their membership. These include The Pelican News (LSNA’s magazine published quarterly) and The Insider (their electronic newsletter). Full and reduced members get subscriptions to American Nurse Today and The American Nurse, both published by the ANA.

Additional benefits include discounts on ANCC certification exams, insurance, travel, uniforms, computers, and more.

Contact Information

If you would like to join Louisiana’s professional network for Registered Nurses, contact LSNA using the information below:

Louisiana State Nurses Association
5713 Superior Drive, Suite A-6
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Phone: (225) 201-0993
FAX: (225) 201-0971
Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm