Where can I find information about the FranU Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Sites Partnerships?

The Nurse Anesthesia Program seeks to enter into partnerships with clinical sites that enhance student learning. Clinical sites are obtained to provide students with unique clinical experiences and are designated as a “Required” or “Enrichment” Clinical Site. All sites must receive approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs prior to the placement of students at the site. 

What is a Required Clinical Site?

A required site is a primary clinical site that meets one or both of the following criteria: 

An institution (1) where students receive 50% or more of their total clinical experience and/or (2) that is necessary to enable a program to meet the Council's standards.

The program's required clinical site is Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center located in Baton Rouge, LA.

What is an Enrichment Clinical Site?

An enrichment site is a nonprimary clinical site that meets one or more of the following criteria: an institution (1) where students receive less than 50 percent of their total clinical experiences; (2) that is not necessary to enable a program to meet the Council’s standards; (3) that is unlikely to have a significant impact on a program’s ability to continue complying with accreditation standards and policy/procedural requirements; and/or (4) that is utilized solely as an enriching experience. To provide optimal learning experiences, students rotate to the facility for a two month rotation.

Below are some enrichment site facilities:

  • Acadia General Hospital, Crowley, LA
  • East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA
  • Garden Park Medical Center, Gulfport, MS
  • Lafayette General Regional Medical Center, Lafayette, LA
  • Lane Regional Medical Center, Zachary, LA
  • Merit Health Central, Jackson, MS
  • New Iberia Medical Center, New Iberia, LA
  • New Iberia Surgical Center, New Iberia, LA
  • Our Lady of the Lake Perkins Surgical Center, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA

Are there locations near FranU for DNP-NA students to fulfill their clinical hours/obligations?

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Our Lady of the Lake includes a Regional Medical Center, dedicated Children’s Hospital, 300- Provider Physician Group network and free-standing emergency room in Livingston parish. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a private not-for-profit 800-bed hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, committed to building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. A part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Our Lady of the Lake is consistently awarded for compassionate care, clinical expertise, leading edge technology and innovation. Our Lady of the Lake is recognized in the areas of trauma and emergency care, stroke, heart & vascular, cancer care and minimally-invasive procedures and more. Our Lady of the Lake serves 45,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients annually. (OLOLRMC Website)

Currently there are approximately 48 anesthetizing locations within Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center that includes:

  • 18 Main Operating Rooms (services: general surgery, bariatric surgery, robot assisted procedures, urology, nephrology, neurosurgical, ear nose and throat)
  • 12 Tower Operating Rooms (services: orthopedics, pediatrics, otolaryngology, ear nose and throat, ophthalmology)
  • 2 Tower Procedure Rooms (pediatric dental procedures, pediatrics endoscopy procedures) o 6 Heart and Vascular Tower Operating Rooms (services: cardiovascular, thoracic, and vascular surgery)
  • 2 Electrophysiology Suites (Convergent procedures, Ablations, TAVRs)
  • 3 Endoscopy Rooms
  • Other areas: Imaging (CT, MRI, special procedures) o Flex areas: Cardiac catheterization lab

Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program students are the only anesthesia student learners at the site.

Are grants available to benefit DNP-NA graduate students?

HRSA Grant

For several years the program has applied and received funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) grant program. NAT Grants are awarded to accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists; recipient institutions, in turn, disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support. Traineeships will pay full or partial costs of the tuition, books/e-books, fees, and the reasonable living expenses (stipends) of trainees during the period for which the traineeship is provided.

The program utilizes HRSA NAT grant funding to allow for expanded clinical rotations in rural and underserved areas where students are supervised by practitioners seasoned in the delivery of rural health care. Such rural clinical rotations expose the student learner to the importance of rural health care access, potentially increasing the number of graduates that go on to practice in rural and underserved areas. By offering financial assistance via grant funding, the expenses incurred by the student for rural clinical education and experiences can be partially offset.

Students are also eligible for the FMOL Sisters Graduate Scholarship. Please click here for more information.