UAMS College of Nursing’s Renteria, Whited Chosen For National Association’s Leadership Programs

By Chris Carmody

Fermin Renteria, DNP, APRN, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, was named to the 2022-23 class of the AACN’s Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) program. The one-year fellowship is designed to improve the leadership skills of aspiring deans and senior faculty members. Participants begin with a five-day leadership immersion experience this summer, and they’ll attend virtual workshops and receive coaching throughout the year.

“Several of my colleagues are fellows in the ELAN program, and I see the tremendous impact it has had on their leadership skills,” said Renteria, the director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the Little Rock campus. “I am honored to have been selected and thankful to the College of Nursing for sponsoring my participation.”

“Dr. Renteria’s professionalism, teaching and curricular expertise, strong communication skills and ability to work collaboratively have garnered the respect of colleagues within the college and across the campus,” said Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN, dean of the College of Nursing.

Teresa Whited, DNP, APRN, associate professor and associate dean for academic programs in the College of Nursing, was selected to attend the 2022-23 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Whited previously completed the ELAN program. The AACN-Wharton program is designed to hone participants’ skills in negotiation, leadership and influencing others.

“I am very excited and honored to be chosen for the Wharton Executive Leadership Program,” Whited said. “This is a wonderful opportunity that will help me grow and give back to the college in a stronger way.”

Whited serves in leadership posts at the state and national levels, including as co-legislative chair for the Arkansas Nurses Association-PNAP and the Arkansas chapter of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; as a board member for the Association of Faculty for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; committee member for the conference planning committee at national NAPNAP, and as a participant in the program director and Health Policy Special Interest groups in the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).

“Dr. Whited’s communication skills, problem-solving abilities and commitment to team success have established her as a strong leader at UAMS,” Cowan said.

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