College of Nursing


November 8, 2019

Faculty Spotlight: Leonie DeClerk, D.N.P.

Spencer Watson

Leonie DeClerk, D.N.P., RN, APRN, and her family at the naturalization ceremony in Memphis.

After more than 35 years in Arkansas and more than a decade at UAMS, Leonie DeClerk, D.N.P., RN, APRN, director of the College of Nursing D.N.P. program and a clinical assistant professor, has recently found the familiar to be surprisingly different. A native of New Zealand who was recruited to move to Arkansas in 1981…


November 7, 2019

UAMS Nursing Students Receive Scholarships

David Wise

Jones Trust Nursing Scholarships

Nursing students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) were recently awarded scholarships made possible by the Harvey and Bernice Jones Trust for Nursing of Springdale. The eight UAMS College of Nursing students, all of whom live and work in Northwest Arkansas, were each awarded $5,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year ($2,500 per…


November 6, 2019

UAMS Receives Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Program

Spencer Watson

The UAMS College of Nursing has been accredited to educate nurse anesthetists. Jason McDonald and Taronda Calvin are two CRNAs already working at UAMS.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) College of Nursing has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to educate nurse anesthetists. “Creating a nurse anesthesia program fits within UAMS’s larger strategic goals of embracing innovative programs and new approaches to train tomorrow’s health care workforce and improve health…


November 4, 2019

New Exhibit Celebrates 140th Anniversary of UAMS

Spencer Watson

A new exhibit from the UAMS Historical Research Center celebrating the 140th anniversary of UAMS has been installed near the College of Medicine administrative offices.

Turning 140 years old means having a lot of history to celebrate. That history is the focus of a new exhibit composed by the UAMS Historical Research Center on display across from the College of Medicine administrative offices on the first floor of the Central Building. Those who researched, curated and installed the display said…


October 9, 2019

College of Nursing Speaker Outlines Sleep Research of Cancer Survivors

Ben Boulden

While delivering the annual Dalme-Rickel lecture, Belinda Mandrell shows her audience an award-winning infographic to illustrate some of her research findings.

A leading nurse scientist, Belinda Mandrell, Ph.D., R.N., has found that nurses can be the solution to meeting challenging research requirements. Mandrell is the director of nursing research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Introduced by UAMS College of Nursing Dean Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., R.N., she was this year’s guest speaker Sept….


September 13, 2019

Staff Spotlight: Ava Coleman

Spencer Watson

Ava Coleman

Ava Coleman likes to talk to people, to really get to know them. In fact, that’s a big part of what she’s paid to do – and why she loves being a part of the UAMS College of Nursing staff, where she’s affectionately known as Queen Ava. “I really can’t say enough how much we…


August 22, 2019

UAMS Graduates Reunite and Reminisce at Alumni Weekend 2019

Benjamin Waldrum

Judy Huneycutt and Jill Lancaster, both CON '69, pose for photos during the Saturday night Golden Grad dinner at the Capital Hotel.

UAMS graduates from all colleges spent the Aug. 16-17 Alumni Weekend living it up in Little Rock, enjoying hands-on learning, fine dining and each other’s company. More than 100 UAMS alumni and guests, many from this year’s Golden Graduates, the Class of 1969, reconnected with old friends and colleagues, making the most of their time…


August 21, 2019

Simulation Immerses Nursing Students in Details of the Operating Room

Spencer Watson

Pam deGravelles (center) gives nursing students an introduction to the operating room simulation suite and high-fidelity manikin.

About a dozen nurses gathered around a patient strapped to a table in a cold operating room. In the background sat an intubation laryngoscope, anesthesia machine, sonogram equipment and cabinets full of bandages, tape, clamps, alcohol wipes, equipment, and other necessities found in any operating room. Four at a time, the nurses listened together through…


July 22, 2019

Harris Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Spencer Watson

Melodee Harris, Ph.D., RN, APRN

Melodee Harris, Ph.D., RN, APRN, the co-director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Nursing, has been selected as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing. Harris was one of 231 highly distinguished nurse leaders selected by the academy for its 2019 class and…


July 12, 2019

Researchers Simulate Poverty to Understand Effects on Health

Spencer Watson

Researchers ran a pilot of the poverty simulation in May, inviting students from throughout campus to participate.

It’s not necessarily a stretch to suggest that the ZIP code of a patient’s home address – or whether they have a home address at all – may offer as much insight into their health as measurements of height, weight, body temperature and blood pressure. “It’s true. Research says that only about 20% of a…



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