Arkansas offers students a wide variety of nursing education, including the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas. This program offers both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The university offers campus-based nursing programs at their Fort Smith, Monticello, Little Rock and Pine Bluff locations as well. Other nursing programs are provided by such facilities as Harding University in Searcy and the Northwest Health System’s Har-Bar School Of Nursing in Springdale. Prospective students also can find programs at local community colleges located throughout the state.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $15,000 and $85,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Arkansas contains numerous larger hospitals in both urban and rural areas, and the salary range is in the upper end of the national average. Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, is an affiliate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and the sixth largest in the United States, serving children from birth to age twenty-one. Baptist Health, also located in Little Rock, is the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in Arkansas. Outside Little Rock, facilities are located in just about every town and city in Arkansas, including St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville and Eastern Ozark Regional Health System in Cherokee Village.