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Executive Director Announces Retirement
posted on May 09, 2013

Barbara Morvant has announced her retirement as Executive Director of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) effective November 2013. As Mrs. Morvant prepares to part with the work she has loved and has passionately carried out for so many years, she does so in the knowledge that it is time for her to pass the torch to new leadership who will guide the LSBN forward into the future.

Mrs. Morvant will have served as the Executive Director for LSBN for 25 years at the time of her retirement. She was appointed Executive Director in 1988 when LSBN was located in New Orleans, Louisiana and hundreds of students would travel from across the state to the Board of Nursing to take the pencil and paper National Council Licensure Examination. According to Mrs. Morvant, “We have truly made tremendous strides in the areas of nursing education, computer adaptive testing, and nursing regulation”. Before joining LSBN, Mrs. Morvant served as the Executive Director for the Louisiana State Nurses Association, bringing with her vast experience in the areas of administration, health policy, and the legislative process, as well as a background in nursing education.

Mrs. Morvant has worked to serve and protect the public, while at the same time, advancing professional nursing in Louisiana over the past 25 years. The following are just a few of Mrs. Morvant’s many accomplishments during her tenure as Executive Director of LSBN:

  • Incorporation of the Recovering Nurse Program under the auspices of the Board
  • Re-enactment of the nurse practice act to include licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) including prescriptive authority
  • Re-establishment and purchase of the new LSBN office in Baton Rouge under the direction of the Board following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Establishment of the Louisiana Center for Nursing
  • Partnering with AARP to establish the Louisiana Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing

“Mrs. Morvant’s expertise and vision have helped the Board to strategically structure the organization for its current and future successes” states Dr. Demetrius Porche, President of LSBN. The Board has initiated the development of a leadership succession plan which includes the launch of a national search beginning in April 2013 to identify a new executive director that will guide the work of LSBN. Mrs. Morvant has conveyed her willingness to be available to the Board following her retirement to help with LSBN’s transition as the Board and Board staff work together to continue the effectiveness and efficiency demonstrated under her leadership.

Mrs. Morvant extends thanks and appreciation for the many individuals with whom she has had the privilege of working with including past members of the LSBN Board and staff, the nursing community, and stakeholders at the regional and national levels. It has been her privilege to serve the citizens of Louisiana and she plans to continue to be an advocate for the profession of nursing after her retirement.

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