January 24, 2007

UAMS’ Jenkins Named To International Nurse Leadership Board

LITTLE ROCK – Bonnie Jenkins, R.N., director of program coordination for the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy (MIRT) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was one of 20 oncology nurses from across the country named recently to the International Myeloma Foundation’s Nurse Leadership Board (NLB).


 


The board will develop guidelines for the nursing management of patients with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. The NLB will focus on an array of nursing services and concerns, including patient education, counseling and treatment management.


 


“This new group has the potential to change the lives of myeloma patients, especially those experiencing difficulties from side effects often associated with their treatments,” said Susie Novis, president and co-founder of the International Myeloma Foundation. “Providing management guidelines to nurses who care for myeloma patients will ensure that patients receive optimal treatment and supportive care related to side effects.”


 


Jenkins, a certified oncology nurse, joined UAMS in 1988 as head nurse manager. Since 2005, she has served as a program coordinator for the MIRT, one of the world’s foremost facilities for myeloma treatment and research.


 


The International Myeloma Foundation is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, reaching more than 125,000 members in 113 countries worldwide. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families through research, education, support and advocacy.


 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.