College of Nursing


July 12, 2021

UAMS College of Nursing Adds New Programs

Spencer Watson

New UAMS College of Nursing programs include an accelerated bachelor’s degree for early and mid-career students transitioning into nursing and a new graduate focus on case management.

To meet the changing demands of the health care workforce, the UAMS College of Nursing is making programmatic changes for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


June 7, 2021

Two UAMS Doctoral Nursing Students Named Jonas Scholars

Spencer Watson

Vivian White and Rachel Pascoe

LITTLE ROCK — Two students in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing have been awarded grants totaling $30,000 from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education.


May 24, 2021

College of Nursing Celebrates Hooding and Pinning of Graduates

Spencer Watson

Patricia A. Cowan, Ph.D., RN, dean and professor of the UAMS College of Nursing, addresses graduates.

Students of the UAMS College of Nursing were recognized May 15 in two virtual ceremonies, graduate and undergraduate students separately, celebrating their achievements and welcoming them as colleagues in the profession. “Today I want to share how proud we are of all our graduates, their accomplishments and their commitment to patient care,” said Patricia A….


May 15, 2021

UAMS Graduates 936 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

College of Pharmacy faculty present candidates for graduation as students attend remotely.

LITTLE ROCK – Degrees and certificates were conferred to 936 graduates of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school today. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no commencement ceremony was held; however, the various colleges held independent virtual commemorations this month. Degrees were awarded to 177 in the College…


April 27, 2021

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

Spencer Watson

Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN

LITTLE ROCK — Patricia A. Cowan, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been honored by her alma mater, the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Cowan was presented with a Citation of Merit, which honors an alumna who “exemplifies…


February 3, 2021

Grant Purchase Equips Nursing Students for Future in Digital Health

Spencer Watson

Pam de Gravelles, Ph.D., RN, with the UAMS College of Nursing, demonstrates digital health peripherals used in training purchased with funds from the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation while connected with a remote training hub.

This semester, students in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the UAMS College of Nursing will be able to experience thorough, hands-on experience with digital health using technology recently purchased with grant funds awarded by the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation. “We want to train students to use devices, such as tablets with peripherals…


December 3, 2020

Carter Family Commits $500,000 to Create Research-Focused Scholarship in UAMS College of Nursing

Benjamin Waldrum

Field, far left, was dean of the College of Nursing from 1965 to 1978. At right, Dean Cowan poses with the Carters at Alumni Weekend 2019, where Michael Carter was named a distinguished alumnus.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing received a commitment of $500,000 from Michael Carter, D.N.Sc., D.N.P., and Sarah Carter, M.D., to create the Dr. Elois R. Field Endowed Scholarship for Ph.D. Students. The scholarship will encourage Ph.D. nursing students, preferably Arkansas residents from underrepresented groups in the nursing profession, to…


December 2, 2020

College of Nursing’s Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., Invested in Women’s Cardiovascular Health Professorship

Spencer Watson

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN

LITTLE ROCK – Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, an associate professor in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing, has been invested in the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Professorship. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in Arkansas. The endowed…


November 2, 2020

Two College of Nursing Faculty Become American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Spencer Watson

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, and Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN

Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN, and Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, both associate professors in the UAMS College of Nursing, have been inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. Jones and Lefler are two of 230 highly distinguished national and international nursing leaders selected by the academy for its 2020 class and the only two…


October 21, 2020

Nursing Students Don White Coats as They Transition to Patient Care

Spencer Watson

Nursing students donned their white coats from remote locations while faculty applauded their transition to clinical care from the Little Rock campus.

Smiling faces projected onto an enormous screen took the place of the traditional in-person ceremony Oct. 9 as students working to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing put on their white coats for the first time. The coats symbolize their transition from learning the methods and mastering the skills of nursing to applying that knowledge…



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