2018 Great 100 Nurses List Includes 32 from UAMS

By Lee Hogan

The list honors nurses from numerous backgrounds and specialties for their concern for humanity, their contributions to the profession and their mentorship of others. UAMS nurses on the list come from research, administration and clinical practice.

The Great 100 Nurses Foundation was founded by P.K. Scheerle more than 30 years ago in Louisiana. It advocates for nursing through scholarships and research. The foundation has honored nurses in Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. This is the second year it has honored Arkansas nurses.

“We are thrilled to see our nurses recognized for the tremendous work they do,” said Mary Helen Forrest, M.N.Sc., R.N., UAMS Medical Center chief nursing officer. “They are the reason we are able to provide compassionate, personal care that our patients and their families need.”

Among the UAMS nurses named to the list included 15 from the UAMS College of Nursing.

“The faculty and staff in the College of Nursing are indispensable when it comes to preparing the next generation of nurses,” said Patricia A. Cowan, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the College of Nursing. “Having that work validated with an honor such as this reminds us that others recognize their efforts and how important they are to Arkansas.”

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

Claudia P. Barone
Elizabeth E. Beazley
Gina L. Boshears
Jan Bowen
Christina M. Bricker
Terry L. Brown
Wendy G. Burgener
Catherine B. Buzbee
Kristen N. Carter
Christina M. Davis
Leonie C. DeClerk
Deena D. Garner
Donna Gullette
Rhianna M. Harberson Baribeau
Seongkum Heo
Terri L. Imus
Souraya J. Irani
C. Renee Joiner
Sandra A. Lubin
Ellyn E. Matthews
Donna J. Middaugh
Jeannette R. Minyard
Heather Moseby
Larronda M. Rainey
Ginny Smith
Barbara L. Smith
Sharon B. Stevenson
James Mark Tanner
Devin K. Terry
Nicole Ward
Teresa M. Whited
Patricia B. Wright


UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,727 students, 822 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.

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