2019 Great 100 Nurses List Includes 29 from UAMS

By Spencer Watson

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 third year it has honored Arkansas nurses.

“We certainly know that our nurses are great, so it is rewarding to see such a prestigious organization agree,” said Trenda Ray, Ph.D., APRN, UAMS Medical Center interim chief nursing officer. “Our patients and their families expect and deserve personal, compassionate care, and our nurses make that possible.”

Among the UAMS nurses named to the list are 13 from the UAMS College of Nursing.

“The faculty and staff in the College of Nursing work very hard every day preparing the next generation of nurses to provide exceptional care,” said Patricia A. Cowan, Ph.D., RN, dean of the UAMS College of Nursing. “We are pleased to see that work rewarded and to see our nurses recognized for all they do to promote the health of Arkansans.”

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


Maeghan E. Arnold

Brittany L. Aultman

Lindsey K. Bourne

Nancy E. Casali

Kelly B. Castleman

Patricia A. Cowan

Andrea K. Easom

Donna J. Elrod

Beverly S. English

Shannon A. Finley

Jennifer L. Gernat

Marisa L. Green

Tammy C. Jones

Pamela J. LaBorde

Leslie R. McCormack

Anita J. Mitchell

Corey L. Nagel

Rosalyn J. Perkins

Joyce E. Randof

Joanna M. Rankin

Leah D. Richardson

Janet L. Rooker

Rebecca R. Sartini

Melissa C. Slater

Kimberly M. Stickley

Caroline L. Tingquist

Stephanie E. Trotter

Mary F. Tucker

Sherri D. Ward

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven 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, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 12,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.