UAMS’ Elizabeth Riley, DNP, APRN, Chosen as Fellow of National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education

By Chris Carmody

Riley is among 20 nurse educators who will be inducted into the academy during a Sept. 30 ceremony at the NLN Education Summit in Las Vegas. The Academy of Nursing Education has more than 300 members affiliated with teaching hospitals, academic institutions and other health organizations across the country.

“I feel humbled and honored to have been selected as a fellow of the academy,” Riley said. “It is truly my greatest career achievement, and it will provide me with a unique platform to continue pursuing my passion for disseminating the best educational practices. I look forward to using this opportunity to network with expert nurse educators at the national level.”

Riley teaches courses covering pediatrics and the foundations of nursing for undergraduates in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UAMS. She also serves as specialty coordinator for the master’s nurse educator track in the College of Nursing graduate program.

“Dr. Riley’s induction as a fellow in the academy acknowledges her expertise in nursing education,” said Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN, dean of the college. “She is remarkably accomplished for someone so early in her academic career, and we are fortunate to have her as a faculty member.”

The Academy of Nursing Education works to promote excellence in nursing education using the knowledge of those who have contributed to the profession in significant ways. Fellows are expected to provide visionary leadership and serve as mentors for young or aspiring educators.

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