LAURA S. BONANNO, DNP, CRNA
Vice President

Laura S. Bonanno, DNP, PhDc, CRNA
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Nursing
President, Louisiana State Board of Nursing

Dr. Laura S. Bonanno is the current President of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN).
She completed a four-year term as a board member of LSBN in 2016 and was reappointed to a
second four-year term. Dr. Bonanno is the director of the nurse anesthesia program at Louisiana
State University Health New Orleans School of Nursing, and an Associate Professor of Clinical
Nursing. Dr. Bonanno has been a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for
22 years. She is a part-time staff CRNA and clinical instructor at University Medical Center in
New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Bonanno has participated in an annual surgical mission trip to
Antigua, Guatemala for over 10 of years.

Dr Bonanno received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University,
a Master of Science from Charity Hospital/Xavier University School of Nurse Anesthesiology,
and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in
Memphis. She is currently a PhD candidate in Higher Education Administration at the
University of New Orleans.

Dr. Bonanno serves as Vice-President of the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia
Educational Programs (COA). She is a member of the American Association of Nurse
Anesthetists (AANA), the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANA), the American
Nurses Association (ANA) and the Louisiana States Nurses Association (LSNA). She has
served two-terms as President of LANA (1998 & 2001) and has held numerous positions on the
LANA Board of Directors. Dr. Bonanno has previously served four years on the AANA’s
Practice Committee and five years as an on on-site reviewer for the COA.

Dr. Bonanno has been awarded millions of dollars in grant support by the Health Resources &
Services Administration for scholarships for disadvantaged students, nurse anesthesia
traineeships, and advanced nursing education. Her research interest and publication areas include
interprofessional education and clinical evaluation. She is the author or co-author of papers in
peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, International
Journal of Evidence-Based Health Care, Nursing Education Perspectives, and the Journal of the
American College of Surgeons. In 2016, Dr. Bonanno received the Louisiana Nurses Foundation
Nightingale Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year award and in 2008 was named one of the Great
100 Nurses of Louisiana.

Dr. Bonanno has been married to Gary Bonanno for 16 years and they have an 11-year-old son
named Christopher Thomas.

 

 

Education

  • DNP, 2008, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
  • MS, 1995, Charity Hospital/Xavier University
    School of Nurse Anesthesiology
  • BSN, 1987, Southeastern Louisiana University

Expertise

  • LSUHSC School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Program,
    Program Director, 2007-Present
  • Medical Center of Louisiana, Staff CRNA and Clinical Instructor, 2007-Present
  • LSUHSC School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Program, Part-Time Faculty Member, 2003-2007
  • Children’s Hospital, Staff CRNA and Clinical Instructor, 2000-2003
  • Medical Center Anesthesia Services, Independent Contractor - CRNA, 2001-2002
  • Charity Hospital/Xavier University, School of Nurse Anesthesiology,
    Didactic Instructor, Course Coordinator, Guest Lecturer, 1997-2002
  • Jefferson Medical Services, Independent Contractor - CRNA

Organizations

  • Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs,
    On-site Reviewer
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    AANA Practice, Committee Member
  • Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists (LANA),
    Board of Directors
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing Advisory Committee
  • Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists,
    Education Committee Co-Chair
  • National League for Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau- Beta Theta Chapter at Large
    and Epsilon Nu Chapter, Dual Membership
  • Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Vice President 2003-2005, President 1998, 2001, Education Committe Chair 1998-2004, Board Member 1996-2005 
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists,
    Past Government Relations Committee Member

     

 

Louisiana State Board of Nursing
17373 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Phone:(225)755-7500
Fax:(225)755-7584
E-mail:lsbn@lsbn.state.la.us
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