Health Matters: UALR Nursing Program

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lance Biggers is studying, to become a nurse. So he puts in a lot of time at the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR). "I like being on my feet being active and doing stuff. I'm in the second full semester of it," says Biggers.

Biggers is only one of couple hundred nursing students who get accepted every year.

"Yeah, we typically get 400 to 500 applicants and it looks like it's going to be a few more applicants than we normally get this year," says Jon Vickers who is an enrollment.

This pile of applications shows how many people applied so far this year.

"There is a shortage of nurses and I think that's one of the things that pushes people to apply to nursing school," says Vickers.

To be accepted students are required to get good grades in science and math classes.

They also must score well on entrance exams. "Be ready to read," Biggers says.

Along with intense studying students get hands-on experience.

"Can you describe the pain?

"It's like a scratchy pain. Do you have any morphine in there?"

They're working in a state-of-the-art simulation hospital.

"It seems like they're trying to throw the worst case scenario at you. So, we're ready if that does happen in reality. And it may sound cliche but I love helping people," said Vickers.

This popular program puts UALR nursing students in high demand, guaranteeing them a job after graduation, and quality health care for us.

"Mrs. Bronson you said you've never had a feeling like this, what's going on?"

"Yes, give me something for this pain it hurts."

The UALR Department of Nursing has been teaching and training future nurses for nearly 50 years.

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