January 14, 2021READ MORE
The Baton Rouge District Nurses Association (BRDNA) was organized in 1918 by Lerdocia Hyams, the first President. It was during a flu epidemic and the goal was to control unqualified nurses from working in Baton Rouge and to charge patients the same amount of fees for private duty. By 1926 a central registry was established so that nurses who met qualifications could be recommended to patients.
The BRDNA continued holding monthly professional and social meetings until that start of World War ll. Elizabeth LaMotte Landry, RN September 1, 1941, “We hope to carry on as years come and go, keeping ever as our goals the high standard of ideals set forth and established by our founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.”
After nearly a decade, the goals of the BRDNA are not that different from our nursing founder and early nursing champions. The BRDNA strives to improve the health standards and availability of health care for Louisiana citizens and to promote the professional development and image of nursing. To foster high standards of nursing, the BRDNA promotes membership in the American Nurses Association (ANA) and/or our state affiliate, the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA).