Thirty-First Annual Celebrate Nursing Banquet

Nomination submission extended! We are planning for this year to be a record breaking year since we are celebrating Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday as well as the International Year of The Nurse and Midwife.   This commemorative event will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Boudreaux’s Reception Hall, 2647 Government Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806. Don’t miss this opportunity Read More

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Message From the President

Lisa M. Deaton BSN, RN

Welcome to the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association (BRDNA), I am Lisa Deaton, the current President of BRDNA.  If you are a member, I would like to thank you for your support and if you are not a member I would like to invite you to join.

BRDNA continues to strive to be a strong voice for all professional registered nurses and an advocate for the citizens of the 7 parishes we serve.  To be successful we need You to join and become engaged in the work of our district.  We are stronger together.  I know many of you belong to your specialty organization and I applaud you for that.  I would ask that you consider joining the organization that speaks out for all RNs no matter their level of education, area of practice, or work setting.   The cost of supporting your professional organization is less than a dollar a day/month.

As I begin this year as President of the BRDNA, I have met with the board members to brainstorm on how we can evolve as a District to meet the needs of our very diverse nurses in the parishes that make up BRDNA.    I would love to hear from you on any ideas you have.  Please feel free to contact me at

In addition to BRDNA’s routine responsibilities, we also serve as the co-lead for the Region 2 group of the Louisiana Action Coalition (LAC) Future of Nursing Campaign.  The LAC was formed in response to the call to action prompted by the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which provides a blueprint for transforming the nursing profession to improve health care and meet the needs of diverse populations.  You may find more information about the campaign at   There is information about the work of Region 2 under the “Our Work” tab on this website.    Those interested in working with the group please contact: Clara Earl at

This year we are also excited to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse & Midwife.   This is in recognition of the 200th Anniversary of  Florence Nightingale’s birth.    Let’s make Florence proud and speak in one voice for nursing.

My hope is that we can all work together to make good things happen in 2020 for our profession.