Licensure by endorsement means that you have graduated from an approved nursing program (the nursing program must meet the same educational criteria as Louisiana), have successfully taken the NCLEX-PN ®, and have been granted a LPN license to practice in another state. If you wish to apply for licensure in Louisiana, you will need to complete the endorsement application through the Nurse Portal.
Results of a state and federal background check are required to complete the process. The fee for applying for endorsement is $185 plus 1.8% state charge. Please click here to download the application for a Louisiana State Police/FBI criminal background check.
In order to be endorsed in Louisiana after July 1, 2019, you must create an account in the Nurse Portal located in the ORBS system.
If you currently live in a non-compact state, and you are moving to Louisiana after July 1, 2019:
If you currently live in a compact state, and you are moving to Louisiana after July 1, 2019:
Endorsement is the method of application for an lpn/lvn currently licensed in another state who wants to obtain a license to practice in Louisiana.
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.
To determine if you meet the qualifications for licensure by endorsement, please review the Requirements for Endorsement below.
If you have EVER held a Louisiana lpn license, you do not qualify for endorsement. You must request reinstatement of your Louisiana license.
Licensure as an lpn in another state does not guarantee that you will be granted a license to practice in Louisiana. If you have ever held a practical nursing license in Louisiana, you are not eligible for endorsement. You must renew your Louisiana practical nursing license by contacting the board office.
Applications must be completed within one (1) year from the date of your initial request. Failure to complete this process within one (1) year will void this application.
You must meet all current requirements for licensure in Louisiana at the time of application.
Requirements are as follows:
ISSUANCE OF A TEMPORARY WORK PERMIT
A temporary work permit may be issued upon receipt and favorable review of the following:
The temporary work permit will be valid for a period of up to twelve weeks for applicants who meet the board’s criteria for licensure.
Upon completion of the application process and satisfactorily meeting the board’s criteria, you may then be granted licensing in Louisiana.
The curriculum in the practical nursing programs in Louisiana includes a minimum of 30 didactic hours of IV therapy, IV experiences throughout their clinical rotations, as well as check-offs for IV tasks, to include but not limited to, administration of blood and blood products, hyper alimentation, and IV push medications.
Therefore, nurses applying for endorsement in Louisiana must provide proof of training and competency in IV therapy. This must be evaluated by LSBPNE as part of the determination for endorsement for licensure.
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