College of Nursing


May 18, 2020

UAMS Graduates 914 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Members of the genetic counseling class of 2020 gather for a virtual celebration led by department chair Noelle Danylchuk, M.S.

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 914 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school on May 16. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no commencement ceremony was held. A digital commencement program can be found here. Degrees were awarded to 165 in the College of Medicine, 255 in the…


May 6, 2020

UAMS Nursing Student Elected to Seek National Student Leaders

Spencer Watson

UAMS BSN student Jennifer Bustos.

A junior in the UAMS College of Nursing BSN program was recently elected to a national position within the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) and will now help shape the leadership of the organization. Jennifer Bustos, who will become a senior this fall, will serve on the Nomination and Elections Committee, which seeks out candidates…


April 28, 2020

Grant Will Aid Doctoral Students at UAMS College of Nursing

Spencer Watson

The grant is intended to help nurse researchers or administrators pursue doctoral degrees to work in academia.

The UAMS College of Nursing has received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation to educate the next generation of doctorally prepared nursing professionals for roles as nurse scientists, college and university nursing faculty members and administrators, and clinical leaders who are educating nursing students. The funds will help defray the educational costs and…


April 6, 2020

Grant Funds New Addiction Treatment Learning for Nursing Students

Spencer Watson

UAMS College of Nursing sign

A new grant from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will help the UAMS College of Nursing as it educates nurse practitioner students in treating addiction. The $5,000 grant includes access to  new online learning modules on identifying addiction, the brain chemistry behind it, patient treatment options, and ethical considerations when caring for patients…


March 26, 2020

Skelly Grant Funds Digital Health Equipment for Nursing Students

Spencer Watson

Grant funding will be used to purchase equipment, such as tablets and peripherals, for instruction.

The UAMS College of Nursing has been awarded a grant from the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation to purchase equipment to educate both graduate and undergraduate students in digital health. The grant includes $24,000 in funding, which will be matched by funding from the college. “We want to train students to use devices, such as…


December 11, 2019

UAMS Awarded $4 Million to Study Digital Delivery of Heart Patient Care

Spencer Watson

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAHA

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded $4 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study digital delivery of health care to patients with heart failure. The project is under the leadership of Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, an associate professor in the College of Nursing, who is a Fellow…


November 29, 2019

Workshop Trains Facilitators for Poverty Simulation and Effects on Health

Spencer Watson

Faculty, staff and students from throughout UAMS participated in the CAPS facilitator training.

Experiencing poverty and its effects on a person’s health was the focus of a two-day training workshop at UAMS to help health care providers better relate to patients and possible barriers to treatment. Students, faculty and staff from across UAMS, including the main campus and regional campuses, participated in the Community Action Poverty Simulation Nov….


November 25, 2019

Senior Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna named Arkansas Nursing Student of the Year

Spencer Watson

Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna

UAMS College of Nursing senior Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna has been named the Arkansas Nursing Students’ Association (ANSA) Student of the Year. The award was presented last month at the ANSA state convention. “When Erin Salter, one of my classmates, told me I’d been selected, I started getting teary-eyed, because I was not expecting it,” said…


November 19, 2019

Sara Jones Named American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Fellow

Spencer Watson

UAMS College of Nursing's Sara Jones, Ph.D., and professional mentor Susie Adams, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt School of Nursing, attending the ceremony at which Jones was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN, assistant professor in the UAMS College of Nursing, has become the third nursing faculty member at UAMS to be named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Jones is the coordinator for the psychiatric mental health specialty in the college’s nurse practitioner program, “Becoming a Fellow in…


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…



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