Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

covid-19

COVID-19 News and Information

LSBPNE is fully operational during the COVID-19 crisis. Most of our staff are working remotely from home. However, our staff can be reached by email or telephone. A list of email addresses are available here. Please note that at this time our agency is no longer allowing visitors to the office.

COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

Practicing During a Declared State of Public Health Emergency

In accordance with LAC 46: XLVII § 1705, during a declared state of public health emergency, any out-of-state nurse may practice in Louisiana provided that the nurse holds a current license in good standing in their home state.

Temporary Procedures for Criminal Background Checks

Louisiana State Police have implemented temporary procedures for those in need of a fingerprint criminal background check for purposes of practical nursing licensure. See the general forms and instructions on our criminal background checks forms page. Please visit the Louisiana State Police website for current information.

NCLEX INFORMATION

Please check the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) FAQ page for the Covid-19 Impact to NCLEX Candidates.

Patient Abandonment vs Employment Issues

LSBPNE has recently received numerous questions concerning the definition of patient abandonment and how it differentiates from potential employment issues. If a nurse establishes the responsibility of a patient (taking report, exchanging keys, etc.) he/she is responsible for that patient. If a nurse deserts or neglects the patient during this time of established responsibility, without making arrangements for continuation of care, it may be considered patient abandonment. Patient abandonment is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act. Resigning from employment, failing to call in to your employer, not arriving for an assigned shift, or arriving late for a shift are examples of potential employment issues. LSBPNE does not have authority over employment issues unless there are underlying facts that contain a violation of the Nurse Practice Act.

LSBPNE knows this is an extraordinary time for our licensees, and we will continue to be here to support you with the ever changing challenges you are facing during this time.