Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to healthcare, but not enough nurses are in important leadership positions to address Arkansas’ significant health care challenges. The Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. is now accepting applications from nursing students who want to change that dynamic.

The Young Leaders program will provide the BSN student the opportunity to explore the leadership role of the Registered Nurse, in a selected setting, under the mentorship of a nurse leader. This program will integrate concepts from Quality Safety Education in Nursing and the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

This nursing leadership experience is being offered to student nurses in their junior or senior year of a baccalaureate program and will provide opportunities to explore various aspects of leadership in nursing. These experiences will go outside the classroom, beyond the bedside, and offer chances to work with nurse researchers, educators, clinicians and/or leaders.

The program participation begins in June 2021 and requires a minimum of 3 meetings commitment over 8 weeks, to be scheduled between the selected student and assigned mentor. A nurse mentor will guide the experience. The goal of this program is to provide the student an opportunity to create or participate in a quality improvement or leadership project. The student will work with the nurse mentor on an agreed upon project. The student will present the project at the Arkansas Center for Nursing’s Annual Membership Meeting in the Fall of 2020.

Upon the successful completion of the Young Leaders Program, students will receive a $1,000 stipend to be spent toward their educational expenses.

Application Timeline:
Application materials are due May 1, 2021. You will receive written notification regarding a decision by June 1, 2021.

Application Forms:
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are turned in by the deadline. The required materials include the following:

1. Application form
2. Resume with GPA
3. Faculty reference form
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