Background and purpose:
Identifying the locations of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the state is challenging without data readily available, which can adversely affect stakeholder initiatives. The purpose of this project was to develop an online interactive map reflecting distribution of APRNs licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN), heightening APRN visibility and improving usability of data for policy, education, practice, and research initiatives.
A descriptive design with development of a graphical interactive map showing all Louisiana parishes with integrated distribution summaries of APRNs was made. Work proceeded from paper to higher fidelity simulations to the final interactive web page. Compatibility with LSBN's web page and annual data upload were ensured.
The project was done in collaboration with LSBN, an academic institution, and a privately hired web designer. The principals of Louisiana State Board of Nursing approved the final product. The product meets and exceeds the expectations for mapping. Evaluation of use and usability will be done at the discretion of LSBN.
Implications for practice:
The outcome of this project will serve to heighten visibility of the distribution of APRNs in the state of Louisiana, enhancing opportunities for APRNs and for patients. Furthermore, those interested in leveraging the information in policy, education, or research initiatives will be served.