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New Nurses Filling the Ranks

Posted: April 21, 2013 at 2:56 a.m.

Lauren Delph, second-semester nursing student, fills a syringe with medication during a demonstration Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Epley Center for Health Professionals on campus at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The University accepts 100 students per semester into the two-year nursing program.

Patients in Northwest Arkansas will get the nurses they need, but many nurses might be new to the job, hospital administrators say.

At A Glance

Licensure Pass Rates

After completing school, nurses must pass a nationally standardized exam from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Below are pass rates of students from local nursing programs for 2012. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing issues certificates to nurses passing exams.

Number Taking Number Passing Percent Passing

Practical Nursing Programs

• Northwest Technical Institute 41 41 100%

• University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 15 14 93.3%

• Statewide 1,129 995 88.13%

Baccalaureate Degree Registered Nursing Programs

• University of Arkansas 103 98 95.1%

• University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 27 23 85.1%

• Statewide 707 628 88.9%

Associate Degree Registered Nursing Programs

• Northwest Arkansas Community College 74 68 91.8%

• University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 27 23 85.1%

• Statewide 1,010 862 85.3%

Source: Arkansas State Board Of Nursing

The Lingo

Nursing Designations

• RN: Registered nurse, includes associate’s degree in nursing; bachelor’s degree in nursing; and master’s of science in nursing. Registered nurses are fully trained nurses with an official certificate of competence.

• LPN: Licensed practical nurses are nurses with enough training to be licensed by a state to provide routine care for the sick.

• CNA: Certified nursing assistants help recovering patients on daily living activities, provide bedside care and perform basic nursing procedures under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Source: Staff report

By The Numbers

Arkansas Nursing Programs

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves programs preparing registered and practical nurse candidates for licensure. Below are the number of schools offering different levels of degrees in the state as of June 30, 2012.

• Baccalaureate degree: 11

• Diploma: 2

• Associate degree: 16

• Practical nurse: 27

• Medication assistants: 6

SOURCE: Arkansas State Board of Nursing

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A very thorough article Ms Swanson and thank you.
I'm wondering why you omitted he Advance Practice Nurse program? I understand it's now offered at UA.

As many know Advanced Practice Nurses can do many assignments previously reserved for Mds. They are licensed to prescribe meds, and make diagnosis. APNs relieve much pressure on local Mds and extend the reach of medical clinics.

Posted by: cdawg

April 21, 2013 at 3:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )