Nurses from Nicholls dominate area workforce

THIBODAUX – A substantial portion of licensed registered nurses working in the Bayou Region received their degrees from Nicholls State University, according to data garnered from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing’s 2009 Roster of Registered Nurses and the Nicholls Department of Nursing’s Graduate Database.

The percentages of licensed registered nurses who earned an associate or bachelor’s degree from Nicholls appear by parish in the following table – along with totals:

Parish Percent Totals
Lafourche 84% 684 / 817
Terrebonne 84% 782 / 934
St. Mary 59% 116 / 197
Assumption 58% 80 / 138
St. James 33% 47 / 144
St. Charles 17% 88 / 529
St. John 7% 22 / 304

“The Nicholls Department of Nursing certainly contributes to the economic development and well being of the Bayou Region, as does the university as a whole,” Dr. Sue Westbrook, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, said. “These new figures verify that the number of Nicholls-educated, licensed registered nurses in our region is enormous.”

The LSBN roster was published in spring 2009, with data through 2008.