Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is a not-for-profit private regional hospital that is located in Southeast Arkansas. It started through the initiatives of Mattie Crawford. Despite the hardships and humble beginnings, JRMC has blossomed into a 471 bed hospital with an exemplary value system.
It offers primary care and a whole list of other services. It is licensed by the Arkansas State Health Department and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization. Its School of Nursing is open to a wide range of students that want to embrace various roles in health care. The programs offered include:
Diploma of Nursing
This is a two-year program that is open to students that are U.S citizens. The program does not accept international students on student visas or anyone that is not a U.S. citizen. The first year of the program is focused on college courses. Students can take these courses at Southeast Arkansas College, UAPB any accredited college. Students learn in a state-of-the-art facility with simulation lab and enhanced curriculum. After they have completed the required college courses, they can complete the program in 24-months.
Any Licensed practical nurse (LPN) or Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse (LPTN) is eligible for advanced placement if they meet the prerequisite requirements. They must hold a current, unencumbered Arkansas license to be accepted into the program. LPN and LPTN professionals that have one year working experience in acute care may test out of specified courses if they provided their scores are acceptable and in line with the requirements.
Those that do not have experience in acute care, but that have worked in certain specialty areas can also challenge credits. All LPNs and LPTNs that are successful to test out of specific subjects must complete the program within 11 months and not less.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) provided there are no hindrances. All students must inform the Arkansas State Board of Nursing about any crimes and convictions in the past. A background check is also performed at an extra cost.
There are three avenues for students to get the necessary funding to assist with the cost of their education. These include:
1) JRMC financial assistance program that has specific criteria for acceptance. Information is available through inquiries to the school.
2) Arkansas Scholarship Program and Federal Pell Grants
3) Student loans
Student Nurses’ Association
Students interested in participating in the State and National Student Nurses’ Association can join the JRMC School of Nursing Student Association (JSNSA). The organization provides support to nursing students in the form of education and other fundamental interests that help to shape nursing students to better embrace their roles in the future. It adopts a holistic approach through self government.
Students that are concerned about job placement can inquire at the JRMC
HR Department. It provides the necessary services and assistance to students that are seeking employment. This can be on a part-time basis while as a student at JRMC or full-time after graduating .
Jefferson Regional Medical Center
School of Nursing
1600 West 40th Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603