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LSU Health New Orleans Nursing School Ranked #8 in U.S.

December 2019 Nursing Graduation

Nursing Schools Almanac has just released its 2019 rankings of the best U.S. nursing schools, and LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing jumped two spots up in the top 10 and one spot among public nursing schools. LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing is now ranked the #8 nursing school in the U.S. and #3 among public nursing schools. Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on more than 3,000 nursing schools and campuses nationwide, and only 3% made its list of the 100 best nursing schools in the nation. Schools were assessed on the following criteria:

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1. The institution's academic prestige and perceived value. Qualitative measures included graduates’ ability to repay their student loans in a timely manner; professional designations such as National League for Nursing Center of Excellence; grant funding for nursing research from the National Institutes of Health; and number of years in operation, particularly at the graduate nursing education level.

2. The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered including the full range and size of undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered by each school, including degrees, diplomas and certificates.

3. Student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination, especially first-time pass rates, as well as APRN certification tests administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and similar organizations.

“Our achievement of these national rankings is evidence of our commitment to our core values of stewardship, organizational citizenship, nursing innovation, caring, professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence and nursing school mission,” notes Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN, LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Dean and Professor.

LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing rose from being ranked the #10 best nursing school and #4 among public nursing schools last year.

“Our nursing school faculty, staff and students are dedicated to ensuring we meet the workforce and health care needs of our academic-practice partners,” says Dr. Porche.

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About Nursing Schools Almanac: Our mission at Nursing Schools Almanac is to provide aspiring nurses a detailed, comprehensive, and analytical resource for selecting their future nursing school. An integral part of this effort is our annual rankings of the best nursing schools in the country.