Nursing is a profession incorporating knowledge and principles of the humanities and sciences. Nurses function independently of, dependently on, and interdependently with other health care providers to assist individuals and their families in meeting health care needs and achieving an optimal level of functioning in a racially, culturally, and ethnically diverse community. Nursing practices are based on standards and legal and ethical considerations formulated by the profession and implemented through the nursing process. Nursing encourages a holistic, interactive approach requiring a commitment to the value of caring, communication, collaboration, theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and clinical competence for implementation of the nursing process. After completion of the program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX. After successfully passing the NCLEX, graduates become registered nurses and obtain the credentials of RN. EACC's Registered Nursing program uses a competitive admissions process. Future students interested in the College's nursing program are encouraged to contact program staff in the Allied Health office, (870) 633-4480 ext 408.
Students completing the Registered Nursing program can expect to perform the following job duties:
Maintaining accurate, detailed reports and records.
Administering medications to patients and monitoring patients for reactions or side effects.
Recording patients' medical information and vital signs.
Monitoring, recording, and reporting symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
Consulting and coordinating with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
*Approximate program cost includes in-county tuition, building use fee, technology fee, matriculation fee, infrastructure fee, and other Nursing program cost (textbooks, assessment fee, malpractice insurance, uniforms/stethoscope/shoes/watch, nursing bag, travel/parking fees for clinical, CPR certification, immunization requirements, EACC nursing pin, nightingale lamp, NCLEX-RN, criminal background/drug screens for clinical and licensure, and licensure fee for Arkansas).
Accreditation Despite a positive recommendation from its peer review committee, the board of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) at its meeting in September 2021 declined to accept that recommendation to accredit EACC's RN program. ACEN is a third party accreditor and accreditation by third parties is not required. EACC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and our program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. ACEN's board action does not materially affect financial aid or any other aspect of the program.
The peer team's complete evaluation supporting initial accreditation can be found here (link to report).
Advocates for patients and families using effectiveinterpersonal communication skills and concepts from human needs, growth and development, stress adaptation, family theory, and culture in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
EPSLO #2: Spirit of Inquiry
Examines best current evidence (that underlies clinical nursingpractice) to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of health care for patients and families within their community.
EPSLO #3: Nursing Judgement
Makes judgements in practice, substantiated with evidence, thatintegrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
EPSLO #4: Professional Identity
Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity,responsibility, legal and ethical practices and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
Interested in Learning More? Contact one of our Admission Staff at the Hodges Student Services Complex, at (870)-633-4480 Ext. 300.