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UAMS Nurses Number Half of Inaugural Great 100 Nurses of Arkansas List

April 20, 2017 | The Great 100 Nurses Foundation has released its list of the top nurses in Arkansas and half of the caregivers honored are University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) nurses.

The UAMS nurses recognized encompass numerous backgrounds and specialties in research, administration and practice.  To see the UAMS nurses honored, visit uamshealth.com/greatnurses.

The Great 100 Nurses Foundation has honored nurses in Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. It was founded in Louisiana more than 30 years ago by P.K. Scheerle and advocates for nursing through support for nursing scholarships and research.

This is the first year the foundation has recognized Arkansas nurses. Honorees were selected based on their concern for humanity, their contributions to the profession and their mentorship of others.

“Our nurses are vital to UAMS providing excellent patient care,” said Mary Helen Forrest, M.N.Sc., R.N., chief nursing officer for UAMS Medical Center and who was included as one of the top nurses in the state. “It’s rewarding to see so many of them recognized for their hard work and dedication.”

The 2017 honorees were recognized at an April 11 dinner ceremony at Embassy Suites in Little Rock. Virginia Trotter Betts, president and CEO of HealthFutures Inc., was the keynote speaker.

Several UAMS nurses honored hold faculty positions in the UAMS College of Nursing, which plays a vital role in educating future nurses in the state.

The college provides undergraduate, master’s and doctorate nursing degree programs to more than 700 students. It offers the only Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program in the state for nurse researchers and educates the largest number of nurse practitioners in the state.

“The UAMS College of Nursing provides exemplary and comprehensive educational programs to nursing students, thanks to the efforts of our wonderfully talented faculty and staff,” said Patricia A. Cowan, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the College of Nursing. “I’m happy to see their tireless efforts to ultimately improve health care outcomes for Arkansans honored in such a prestigious manner.”

The UAMS nurses honored by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation are as follows:

Jocelyn S. Aguon

Traci F. Altman

Julie Atkins

Brittany Beasley

Tina L. Benton

Claudia Jean Beverly

Stephanie A.Blackwood

William S. Bratton

Cynthia J. Brown

Tammy Burr

Barbara D. Byrd

Hannah Cater

Melonese A. Clarke

Bennie J. Craft

Cynthia Crone

Susan T. Erickson

Mary Helen Forrest

Kimberly E. Gardenhire

Melodee L. Harris

Amy L. Hester

Tennille L. Hill

Edward H. Horton

Delia L. James

Cheryl F. Jones

Sara L. Rowe Jones

Christina A. Ketchum

Leanne L. Lefler

Cathy J. Lennartz

Lance K. Lindow

Amy L. Overton McCoy

Jean C. McSweeney

Christina L. Miller

Keith S. Moll

Angela D. Norman

Laura K. Phillips

Susan B. Porter

Librada A. Ramirez

Anja Rassmann

Sarah J. Rhoads

Christina L. Rone-Weaver

Samantha J. Rose

Pamela D. Royal

Sherrie A. Searcy

Judith E. Seidenschnur

Brook M. Scalzo

Kaylee C. Sisoukrath

Deborah A. Spadoni

Penny Ward

Jill C. Warner

Mary Jane Willard

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