Why Become a Nurse in Arkansas

Harding University’s Carr College of Nursing, founded in 1975, holds a legacy of preparing quality nurses. Our graduates are in demand, not just in the great state of Arkansas, but around the nation as well.

Students looking for a challenging, exciting profession and endless career opportunities will find them in Harding’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program. After graduation, they will embark on a meaningful career that allows them to help their community and advance their careers.

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Why become a nurse in Arkansas? There are many reasons to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing in the Natural State, but one notable fact is that registered nurses are in high demand, especially in Arkansas. The number of employed registered nurses in the state is projected to grow by 9% between 2020 and 2030. That is higher than the national average.

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Is Nursing Right for You?

Nursing isn’t just a job — it’s a calling that begins with the desire to help people and serve your community. Achieving your dream to become a nurse takes a lot of hard work, but that hard work doesn’t end once you begin your career.

How can you decide if nursing is right for you? We can help. If you have the following traits, you may already be well on your way to embodying the makings of a great nurse:

1. You’re an Excellent Communicator

Communication is everything when working with patients, doctors and family members, especially when sharing medical information and assessing a patient’s condition. Good communication makes all the difference.

2. You’re Detail-Oriented

When dealing with very specific medical information, details matter. You’ll do well to be very focused and careful when giving medication and caring for patients.

3. You’re an Active Listener

To provide the best care possible, you must listen and process a lot of information at once. Listening is instrumental to assessing patients’ needs and issues and accurately relaying that information to their doctor.

4. You’re Calm and Collected in Chaos

From life and death situations to difficult personalities, you’ll need to remain calm no matter what.

5. You’re Full of Compassion

Compassionate caregivers result in better patient experiences. The ability to connect with patients on an emotional level in order to provide the best care possible is the calling card of a skilled nurse.

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For More Information

If you have the traits listed above, you’re ready to take the next step. Contact our admissions team today and learn how to accelerate your future as a nurse through our ABSN program.