Hot Springs president, Tony Houston, spoke to the Garland County Rotary Club on Wednesday about how we are helping to educate the next generation of skilled nurses. The nursing pathway partnership between Hot Springs, Henderson State University and National Park College is helping to provide scholarships for nurses to continue their education while guaranteeing them employment with us upon graduation.
“The need has never been greater for qualified nurses who are immediately ready upon graduation to provide excellent, compassionate care,” said Tony Houston, president of Hot Springs. “These strategic partnerships are innovative ways to respond to a critical nursing shortage in Arkansas and across the country. We are excited for the opportunity to increase student capacity for nursing programs here in Hot Springs. Nursing is a rewarding career and this private-public partnership shows our joint commitment to ensuring we have the appropriate talent within the community to care for the citizens of the greater Hot Springs area. Moreover, careers in nursing provide very good pay and benefits and help strengthen the overall economic health of the community.”
Students who qualify have the opportunity to defray some costs and secure guaranteed employment as CHI St. Vincent will offer both the National Park College and Henderson State programs up to 20 financial aid packages annually (a total of 40 per year for each year of the agreement). If students qualify and select the financial support, those students will agree to work at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs for at least two years.
“These financial aid packages allow us to secure the needed nurses and increase students’ financial security while providing them job placement upon successful completion of the program,” Houston said.