Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Honored by Alma Mater

By Spencer Watson

Cowan was presented with a Citation of Merit, which honors an alumna who “exemplifies high ideals, outstanding leadership, meritorious service and outstanding achievement.” The award has been presented annually since 1966 by the Sinclair School of Nursing Alumni Organization.

“I’m grateful to be recognized as a leader in nursing by the institution where I began my education, especially as my work now is not only to prepare nurses to join a workforce that badly needs them, but also to train the next generation of nursing educators and researchers, where the demand is just as strong,” said Cowan.

Cowan has served as the dean of the UAMS College of Nursing since 2015. She has more than 35 years of experience in all areas of nursing, including academics, clinical practice and research. Her research interests include lifestyle interventions in overweight youth and adults, and cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes. She participates in a multi-professional research team and is interested in translational research.

After graduating magna cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in nursing, Cowan went on to earn a master’s degree in adult health nursing from the University of Kansas in Kansas City and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society and Sigma Theta Tau International.

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