Any LPN that is looking to advance their career should consider getting a BSN. A BSN is a bachelor's degree in Nursing Science, which will result in much higher wages than an LPN makes. Louisiana offers many opportunities for both LPNs and nurses with a BSN. As with many other states, Louisiana is also experiencing a need for health care providers. Louisiana is not experiencing an increase in demand as great as its neighbors due to its topography and lower population, but their is still a need for nurses none the less. A LPN in Louisiana will make from anywhere between $38,400 to $46,000. LPNs that find work in one of Louisiana's major cities, such as New Orleans or Baton Rouge, will make up to $48,000 in their first year. Nurses that have a BSN will make between $61,000 and $74,000.