It is ILLEGAL to practice practical nursing in the state of Louisiana without a temporary work permit issued by our board or a current Louisiana lpn license.
Licensure as an lpn in another state does not guarantee that you will be granted a license to practice in Louisiana.
In order for the board to consider your application, you must have the following:
Be currently licensed as a practical nurse under the laws of another state of the
LPNs must request that their school submit to our office a copy of their
practical nursing transcript to determine eligibility (a form is included in the
application packet). The transcript must include proof that
you have graduated from an approved program of practical nursing which program
offered a sufficient number of clock hours in the following courses:
Body Structure and Function; Microbiology; Vocational Adjustments;
Personal, Family and Community Health; Nutrition in Health and Illness;
Pharmacology and Medication Administration; and Principles and Practices
of Medical-Surgical, Geriatric, Obstetrical, Pediatric, Mental Health
Nursing, and IV Therapy.
The transcript must contain the number of theory clock
hours and the number of clinical clock hours (LAC. Section 931.B) in the program and the number
grade achieved for each course (LAC. Section 1105.A.5). If the school transcript is in credit hours
and letter grades, the practical nursing coordinator must interpret and submit this information. The
application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT CLOCK HOURS AND NUMERICAL GRADES.
Meet all existing requirements for licensure in Louisiana at the time of application.
(Licensure requirements are subject to change. Changes may result from new legislation,
new rules and regulations, or from new policies and procedures adopted by the board.)
A Louisiana state and federal background check is required of all endorsement applicants. We strongly suggest
that applicants begin this process immediately upon printing
the endorsement application. Information regarding the background checks
are included with each application.
An applicant for licensure with a diagnosis of HIV/HBV must report this
in writing to the executive director of the Louisiana State Board of
Practical Nurse Examiners by certified or registered mail marked
"Personal and Confidential".