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 The UAMS College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program received a grant of $25,000 from Chancellor Dan Rahn recently. The grant, which came from Chancellor’s Circle funds, helps underwrite DNP scholarships for the students enrolled in the inaugural class (fall, 2013). The class of 19 students had a custom-made thank you card produced and all signed it, with a personal message. This week (Monday, June 23), three of the DNP students and DNP department director Dr. Cathrin Carithers delivered the card to Chancellor Rahn. Shown here are (L to R) Mark Tanner, Cassidy Velek, Chancellor Rahn, Becky Sartini and Dr. Carithers.

The post-Master’s DNP program provides advanced skills in the delivery, management and care of patients to advanced practice nurses. It is a terminal degree for advanced practice.
We have a new PhD in the College!!
Please send your congratulatory comments directly to Dr. Lana Brown.
Her Dissertation Chair was Dr. Claudia Barone who spent many hours assisting Lana. Dr. Brown gave an outstanding presentation on her dissertation research that focused on barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation in older adults.
Shown here are (L to R) Dr. Lana Brown and Dr. Claudia Barone
The Dissertation Defense of
Lana Brown
“Tobacco Cessation in Older Adults”

Committee Chair:
Dr. Claudia Barone

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: COPH 3202
Graduate School Honors

The UAMS College of Nursing racked up awards at UAMS commencement held last weekend. Dr. Jean McSweeney (far right), College of Nursing Associate Dean for Research, was presented the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, presented by Dr. Bobby McGehee (far left), Dean of the UAMS Graduate School. It is the highest award given to a faculty member of the Graduate School.

Dr. Christina Pettey (second from left), a recent nursing PhD graduate and clinical assistant professor at the College of Nursing, was chosen by Dr. McGehee to speak at the Graduate School brunch held Saturday, May 17. In addition to receiving her PhD, Christina received the Outstanding Future Nurse Leader Award and the Dr. Eric Ashworth Hodges’ Award for Best Dissertation. Christina will be featured as the New Investigator in the July issue of the International Society of Hypertension newsletter. Also pictured is College of Nursing Dean Lorraine Frazier (second from right).

Dr. Schmidt and Taira Williams
College of Nursing Faculty, Staff and Students Respond to April 27 Tornado
Students, faculty and staff responded quickly to the devastating tornado that hit Faulkner, Pulaski and White Counties on April 27, 2014. Collection boxes for comfort kit donations for the American Red Cross had been placed throughout the campus the week before by the Student Nurses Association, and stayed relatively empty until April 28. The boxes are now overflowing with generous donations! One of our PhD students, Amy Hester, has been certified as a Red Cross nurse, so forwarded the Email to colleagues in the UAMS Medical Center; their donations will be added to the SNA collection. Dr. Cheryl Schmidt sent an Email to CON seniors who had just completed their Red Cross Disaster Certification in March, asking for volunteers to work in the shelters set up in the affected communities. Volunteers signed up quickly, despite the need to finish clinical and study for final exams. Additional volunteers will be recruited by Dr. Schmidt and Ms. Joy Jennings (both certified Red Cross volunteers) for the coming week. One senior sent out an Email asking for donations of supplies to take care of pets, and collection sites have been arranged in the CON. Another senior is organizing volunteers to assist with the clean-up efforts when they are not needed to provide health services in the shelters. Faculty donated money during the April 28 Faculty Meeting, which was hand-carried to the local Red Cross Chapter. Thank you to all of the generous volunteers and donors in the College of Nursing!
Congratulations to Dr. Keneshia Bryant-Moore who was awarded the Trailblazer Award by the Little Rock Black Nurses Association of Arkansas on Saturday evening. This award is given to a member who exhibits leadership within the organization and nursing and is dedicated to the mission of the Organization which is to decrease health disparities, improve the quality of life and health within the local community, and to diversify the nursing workforce. The awardee is selected by the President of the Organization.
Congratulations to Dr. Bedwell who has been nominated for 2014 Outstanding Educator Award
Dr. Claudia Barone has been appointed as a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC).

This is a great honor for the Profession of Nursing, the College of Nursing and Claudia as she is the first nurse appointed to this advisory committee!

The TPSAC consists of 12 members who are selected by the Commissioner or designee from among individuals knowledgeable in the fields of medicine, medical ethics, science, or technology involving the manufacture, evaluation, or use of tobacco products.
The Committee advises the Commissioner or designee in discharging responsibilities as they relate to the regulation of tobacco products.
The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information and recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.
Specifically, the Committee will submit reports or recommendations on tobacco-related topics, including:
• The impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes on the public health, including such use among children, African Americans, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minorities
• The nature and impact of the use of dissolvable tobacco products on the public health, including such use on children
• The effects of the alteration of nicotine yields from tobacco products and whether there is a threshold level below which nicotine yields do not produce dependence on the tobacco product involved
• Any application submitted by a manufacturer for a modified risk tobacco product

Claudia has done much in the field of Tobacco Cessation and has received several grants in this area.

We look forward to see what she accomplishes in her committee role!
Twelve College of Nursing students, accompanied by College of Nursing professor Dana Dorman, visited The Anthony School in Little Rock on April 16 to provide scoliosis screening, which is required by the State of Arkansas, to 77 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The trip to The Anthony School is typical of the community service, clinical education nursing students receive at UAMS. The invitation to provide screening was extended to the College by Sara Jouett, who serves as the Chair of the UAMS College of Nursing Advisory Board and is also on the Board of Trustees of The Anthony School. The photographs here are reflective of the educational and fun experience at the school.

Gammi Xi Spring Event

“Health Insurance Marketplace: An Overview for Nurses”

Speaker: Justin Caudle
Thursday, April 10, 2014
5-7 pm
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
I. Dodd Wilson Education Building, Room 126

Telecom will be available to all regional centers.
Registration is required.
For more information- Click Here

Dr. Beverly, Cindy Crone, Dr. Hassmiller, Dean Frazier
Tenth Annual Distinguished Leader in Nursing Lecture April 8, 2014

Susan B. Hassmiller, Senior Advisor for Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Member, Institute of Medicine; Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; Member of the Joint Commission’s National Nurse Advisory Council, the Health Resources and Services Administration National Advisory Committee for Nurse Education and Practice, and the CMS National Nurse Steering Committee. In her role with the RWJF, she shapes and leads the Foundation’s strategies to address nurse and nurse faculty shortages in an effort to create a higher quality of patient care in the United States. She is also serving as Co-Director of the Future of Nursing Scholars program. Dr. Hassmiller is in partnership with AARP, and also directs the Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, which seeks to increase access to high-quality, patient-centered care in a health care system where nurses contribute as essential partners in achieving success.
For more information Click Here
When: June 23-27, 2014
Applications can be obtained from the UAMS HCGNE website

2013 - 2014 Dissertations

On behalf of all of the faculty teaching in the PhD program,
we want these accomplished women to know we are very proud of their success!!

Dr. Pam deGravelles , April 1,2014.
Dr. Wanda Christie, April 3,2014.
Dr. Sondra Bedwell , April 4,2014.
Dr. Laura Jones-Jobe, November 13, 2013
Dr. Tina Pettey, November 13, 2013
Dr. Martha Rojo, August 6, 2013
Dr. Judy Labonte, June 20, 2013
Dr. Sarah Rhoads Kinder, April 24, 2013

Dr. Carithers, Dr. Berryman, Dr. Buron, Dr. Enderlin
Four College of Nursing faculty attended a three day conference March 26-68, 2014. The conference, Educating Health Professionals in Interprofessional Care, was presented by the University of Toronto at UAMS. Four dozen attendees from across colleges of UAMS worked in teams to learn about interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) and develop future plans for expanding UAMS IPE/IPC opportunities.
Ph.D. Student Honored

Congratulations to Amy Hester, Ph.D. Student, on being selected the recipient of the 2014 Novice Writer’s Award for her article “Validation of the Hester Davis Scale for Fall Risk Assessment in a Neurosciences Population” printed in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (JNN). The award will be presented Monday, March 10th at the Annual Educational Meeting in Anaheim, CA, at 7:00 am during the Membership Breakfast Meeting.
College of Nursing Celebrates 2014 Wear Red Day

The UAMS College of Nursing want all out in its Go Red for Women promotion of February 7, the day set aside by the American Heart Association to promote women’s cardiovascular disease prevention. Offices throughout the college were decorated in red; the Student Services staff even wore custom-made heart health t-shirts; and there were heart-healthy snacks provided to the college staff. The promotion was spearheaded by Dr. Jean C. Mcsweeney, PhD and CON Associate Dean for Research, who is nationally-acclaimed as a researcher in women’s cardiovascular disease. Locally, Dr. Mcsweeney serves of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Central Arkansas Affiliate.

See the Arkansas Matters article featuring the College of Nursing "We Red Awareness for Heart Disease, Women".
Dr. Linda Hodges Portrait Hanging

A beautiful oil portrait of Dr. Linda Hodges, who served as Dean of the UAMS College of Nursing from 1989 to 2006, was recently hung in the Linda Hodges Conference Room in the College of Nursing. The room is adjacent to the Dean's Suite in the College. The portrait was unveiled at the College of Nursing's 60th anniversary celebration dinner last September, 2013. The artist is Susan Dee Hurst of Little Rock.

Dr. Jean McSweeney, Associate Dean for Research at the UAMS College of Nursing, was the featured speaker at a recent WISEWOMAN Cardiovascular Screenings Lifestyle Intervention lecture on the UAMS campus. Dr. McSweeney is a nationally renowned researcher on women's cardiovascular disease.
UAMS’ Beverly Named Officer on National Nursing Board

LITTLE ROCK – Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., director of the Arkansas Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) and associate professor in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing, has been named treasurer of the National HCGNE Board of Directors.

The appointment is Beverly’s second consecutive term on the board, which works to increase the capacity and competency of nurses trained to provide quality care to older adults. The 13 HCGNE national sites do this through faculty development, advancing gerontological nursing science, facilitating adoption of best practices, fostering leadership and designing and shaping health policy.

Front Row: Brittany Blandford, Jerrica Chika,
Taira Williams, Britini Wilson.
Back Row: Karen McDowell, Jenna Lamkin,
Emily Huffstutlar, Kayley Allen

Jericca Chika and Jenna Lamkin

UAMS Well Represented and Excels
At Nursing Student Association Convention

The 62nd annual Arkansas Nursing Student Association (ANSA) State Convention was held October 2-4, 2013, held at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock. The UAMS College of Nursing Student Nursing Association was well represented with 11 delegates and two alternates in attendance.

They were Kristine Meador, Eden Pettit, Jennifer Wilkerson, Brittany Blandford, Britini Wilson, Taira Williams, April Ripetto, Emalee Huffstutlar, Kayley Allen, Brooke Buckley, Karen McDowell, Raymond Nelson, and Raquel Torres. In addition, Jerrica Chika and Jenna Lamkin were in attendance as members of the ANSA Board of Directors.

During the meeting, both Chika and Lamkin were re-elected to the board, meaning that UAMS holds two of the 12 ANSA Board member slots. Chika was named Breakthrough to Nursing Director, while Lamkin assumed the District I Director position.

A convention highlight was the awarding of the Shannon Finley Disaster Preparedness Award to our UAMS nursing group. It carries a monetary award of $50 and a certificate that will be presented to the SNA chapter at their next general meeting. This award was earned with the annual American Red Cross Disaster Kit Preparation, led this past year by Chika, now a senior student.

Chika brought home two other awards -- Student of the Year Award which included a $750 gift and a District Scholarship in the amount of $5,00.

Left to Right: John Hinson, Sheena Smith, Brenda Scisson, Vallon Williams, Lana Brown

2013 Scholarship Donor Dinner
The UAMS College of Nursing hosted its Scholarship Donor Appreciation Dinner October 1 at Chenal Country Club. A total 129 students (all scholarship recipients) were saluted along with donors who provided 66 scholarships. Nursing students from both the Little Rock and Hope campuses were in attendance. UAMS Chaplain Susan McDougal provided a creative blessing which stressed the value of nursing, quoting from a movie starring Robin Williams. Chancellor Rahn expressed appreciation to donors and commended students.

Left to Right: Charlotte Dillon,
Claudia Beverly, Sandra Berryman-New

College of Nursing Faculty & Staff Contribute $21,000 for Center

Faculty and staff of the UAMS College of Nursing recently contributed just over $21,000 for the establishment of a new Progressive Learning Center which will help nursing students who are facing difficulty with some of their courses. The fund-raising campaign was led by Charlotte Dillon, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Educational Technology Support, and was part of the College’s 60th anniversary celebration.

Left to Right: Phyllis Bearden, Laura Beth Hubbard, Commander JoAnn Smith,
Mary Ingle, Judy Johnson

Class of 1963 Honors College with Anniversary Gift

Several members of the UAMS College of Nursing class of 1963 visited the College in observance of the College’s 60th anniversary celebration. Their visit included the presentation of a beautiful crystal vase as a gift to the College for its 60th “birthday.” The class president, Jo Ann Smith, spoke on behalf of the group and then each classmate posed for a photograph next to the class’ composite which is displayed in the College hallways. Several current nursing students and College of Nursing faculty and staff were on hand to greet the Class of 1963.