UCA, CONWAY REGIONAL ANNOUNCE $390,000 IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT
STATE’S NURSING SHORTAGE
CONWAY–The University of Central Arkansas and Conway Regional Health System announced their latest partnership today, which is aimed at addressing shortages in the numbers of registered nurses.
The Conway Regional Health Foundation is providing a total of $390,000, with $240,000 for student scholarships and $150,000 for faculty development and School of Nursing initiatives.
The “Partnership for Clinical Excellence,” or PCE, will award a $2,500 scholarship to an average of eight students in the UCA School of Nursing. Funds will be granted per semester for four semesters for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Nursing students will be admitted with the standard admissions requirements in the UCA School of Nursing. The university and Conway Regional will jointly select students for the PCE scholarships. PCE students must commit to working for Conway Regional for a minimum of two years after graduation and passing license requirements.
UCA will also receive support for nursing faculty development and School of Nursing initiatives through the Nursing Enhancement Fund, a $150,000 grant with $50,000 paid annually over three years.
Located across the street from UCA, Conway Regional Health System provides complete health care services to the growing communities of north Central Arkansas, centered on a 150-bed acute care medical center. The not-for-profit medical center serves patients with comprehensive care including cardiovascular surgery, neurospine surgery, orthopedic surgery and women’s services, among other services. Additional components of the health system include Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, a home health agency, an all-digital outpatient imaging center, an outpatient surgery center, senior mental health services, eight primary care clinics, an after-hours clinic and one of the largest hospital-owned fitness centers in the nation. More than 1,800 babies were born last year at Conway Regional and the Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Arkansas with more than 32,000 visits in 2017. Conway Regional is an independent health system governed by a local volunteer board and managed by CHI St. Vincent. Learn more at www.ConwayRegional.org.