College of Nursing


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…


June 24, 2019

UAMS’s McSweeney Named American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year

Spencer Watson

Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, (left) receives the Volunteer of the Year Award at the American Heart Association ceremony in Dallas June 19, 2019.

Jean C. McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, associate dean for research and a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been named the Healthcare Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association (AHA).


June 14, 2019

Two Nursing Graduates Get Unconventional Pinnings

Spencer Watson

Heather Bound receiving her pin as a graduate of the UAMS College of Nursing.

While every new graduate is happy – and relieved – to get their diploma, many new nurses will tell you it is the unique pin traditionally given out just before graduation by colleges of nursing that they consider to be their true, symbolic entry into the profession. So it was with some dismay that two…


May 31, 2019

Pregnant Women Facing Housing Insecurity Receive Prenatal Education

Ashley McNatt

Motherhood Together

Certificates were awarded to six pregnant women facing housing insecurity who completed a healthy pregnancy and baby prenatal program May 21 provided by UAMS. The program, “Motherhood together: A Journey in Love,” was put on by faculty and students from the UAMS colleges of Public Health and Nursing. “We knew there was a need for…


May 30, 2019

2 UAMS Nursing Alumni Recount Careers as Navy Nurses

Spencer Watson

Ellen Hodges and JoAnn Hennessy Smith.

Two UAMS College of Nursing alumni recently spent time back in Little Rock for a reunion of sorts. Despite the bond they share, they were never classmates. They were both nurses in the U.S. Navy, though never assigned together, and were in town for an annual meeting of the Navy Nurse Corps Association. Neither a…


May 22, 2019

UAMS Faculty Named Nursing Educator of the Year

Spencer Watson

Larronda Rainey

Larronda Rainey, M.N.Sc., RN, said she doesn’t come to work as a clinical assistant professor in the UAMS College of Nursing looking for rewards. “I do this job because I love it,” she said. Nevertheless, last month she became the first ever UAMS recipient of the 14-year-old Arkansas Nurse Educator of the Year award, presented…



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