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Steve Jackson II

Steve Jackson II, 34

Senior Director of Cardiovascular Services

Arkansas Heart Hospital

Little Rock

Professional achievements
• Awarded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in 2023 from the DAISY Foundation, which stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.
• Received Nurse of the Year award at the Conway Area Healthcare Forum in 2017.

Community involvement
Vice president-elect, Arkansas for Nursing; member, Phi Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

First job and lesson learned
“My first job was working with my father in chicken houses in Hope. This job was during one of the hottest summers on record. I learned that hard work pays off and that I did not want to have anything to do with chicken houses.”

Most valuable lesson
“Failure is the key to success. I was afraid of failure until I failed. The lessons I learned from that have been extremely impactful.”

Professional inspiration
“My professional inspiration is being able to help and make a difference in people’s lives.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“Better paying jobs with emphasis on diversity.”

How you define success
“Achieving the goals you want to achieve, while also helping someone else achieve their goals.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“I could see myself being in executive leadership or owning my own company.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Health care viability/sustainability is a challenge here in Arkansas. Arkansas is one of the lowest, if not the lowest, reimbursed states. This makes it extremely challenging to run a hospital and care for patients and the employees.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Remain humble and keep God first.”

Learning from a mentor
“I have multiple mentors who have contributed to my professional and life success. However, my father told me years ago to ‘plan your work and work your plan.’ This has stuck with me and is truly something I live by.”

Professional “aha” moment
“One of my professional ‘aha’ moments was during a finance class for my master’s degree. We review budget performance at work, and to be honest, I did not know what I was looking at. That changed during this class and the lightbulb got bright.”

Career dream as a child
“My career dream was to be a physician.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“My most fulfilling career moment was seeing a patient return to the hospital for an outpatient procedure. She had previously had a complicated recovery that I participated in, and to see her walk in was touching.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“Arkansas is beautiful and the cost of living is reasonable.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“I would advise my 18-year-old self to seek opportunities to fund your college education. Also, never give up on your dreams and aspirations. Push through and see them through.”

A word to describe you
“Steadfast.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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