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The Arkansas Hospital Nursing & Allied Health Workforce Data Set (2007-2009) study found critical vacancies in a number of health disciplines, with the largest vacancy percentages being in medical/surgical RNs, nursing assistants, LPNs, radiographers, respiratory therapists and medical record coders. Shortages also were noted among case managers, medical transcriptionists, social workers, biomedical technologists, physicians and polysomnographers. According to Dr. Peter Kohler, vice chancellor of the Northwest Arkansas campus of UAMS, vacant nursing positions number close to 3,000 in Arkansas. The state also suffers from shortages of about 800 primary care physicians, 1,500 specialists, 1,300 pharmacists and more than 3,100 allied health care workers. As a predominantly rural state, Arkansas has less-populated areas that already are feeling the pinch of the health care worker shortage, and the state's popularity as a haven for retirees further complicates the shortage. Nationwide, the U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts more than 1 million new and replacement workers will be needed by 2012 in the nursing field alone, and as many as 5.3 million health care worker vacancies could exist by then. As boomers continue to age, the gap will continue to expand. Arkansas is a beautiful state with abundant lakes, forests, cosmopolitan cities, and vast rural areas that offer small town charm. The weather is typically mild, cost of living is lower than national averages, and nursing and healthcare salaries are above the norm. Career options and opportunities for nurses and allied health professionals abound in Arkansas.

 

In order to meet the increasingly complex demands of today's health care environment, many healthcare agencies prefer or require a minimum of a bachelor's degree for their nursing staff, so now is the perfect time for LPN's to enroll in an online LPN to RN program, or LPN to BSN degree program, for RN's to take an online RN-BSN degree completion program, or RN to MSN bridge program, and for BSN nurses to earn a MS in Nursing degree.

Average Nursing Base Salaries:

Nursing Assistant: $21,833 - $26,636 Licensed Practical Nurse: $32,633 - $39,323
RN Staff Nurse: $51,016 - $61,917 Nurse Practitioner: $69,292 - $81,675

Find Nursing Schools and Allied Health Programs For Arkansas

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Kaplan University
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Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Lauderdale
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Grand Canyon University
Online

Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!

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Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Little Rock
  • Little Rock
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Saint Xavier University
Online

Saint Xavier University education that is grounded in the tradition of liberal arts.

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Ohio Christian University
Online

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Circleville
  • Circleville
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Sacred Heart University - Online
Online

At Sacred Heart, students are fully supported on their journey to gain greater skills and knowledge to become a change agent for good.

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Loyola University New Orleans Online
Online

Take control of your future with education and innovation.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • New Orleans
  • New Orleans
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Post University Online
Online

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

Programs: Campus Locations:
  • Waterbury
  • Waterbury
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Loyola University New Orleans
Online

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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  • New Orleans
  • New Orleans
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Bradley University
Online

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

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  • Peoria
  • Peoria
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Queens University of Charlotte
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Since the founding of Queens in 1857, students have always come first.

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  • Charlotte
  • Charlotte
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