Kathy Baldridge is a family nurse practitioner in Pineville, Louisiana, and serves as president of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. She also works as a nurse practitioner education specialist at Advanced Practice Education Associates, an ATI company.
As a long-time nurse, nurse practitioner, and native Louisianan, I am deeply concerned about the nursing shortage that is affecting communities across our state. According to estimates by the Louisiana Board of Regents, there will be a shortfall of approximately 6,000 registered nurses (or 40% of the current workforce) by 2030. This shortage is already profoundly impacting patient […]