College of Nursing


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…


October 19, 2020

UAMS College of Nursing in Northwest Arkansas receives $360,000 to Support Nursing Excellence

David Wise

Jones Trust College of Nursing Scholarship Recipients

FAYETTEVILLE –The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $360,000 gift from the Harvey and Bernice Jones Charitable Trust to support nursing excellence in Northwest Arkansas. The gift establishes the Harvey and Bernice Jones Endowed Fund for Nursing Excellence, which will support the UAMS College of Nursing programs in Northwest Arkansas and…


October 15, 2020

UAMS Researcher Awarded $500,000 to Study Quality of Digital Care

Spencer Watson

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded $500,000 by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the quality of digital health visits for older patients. The funding is a supplemental award to a $4 million study funded last year to directly compare digital delivery of health care…


October 13, 2020

NIH Funds $2.5 Million UAMS Study of Healthy-Food Delivery to Combat Diabetes in Rural Arkansas

David Robinson

UAMS researchers in Northwest Arkansas have built partnerships in the region to enable delivery of healthy foods. (file photo)

LITTLE ROCK — A first-of-its-kind study by UAMS will test whether deliveries of healthy food, along with recipes and education materials, can help reduce type 2 diabetes among food-insecure rural Arkansans. The National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding the five-year, $2.5 million study by researchers at the…


October 8, 2020

Judith Weber, Ph.D., Named Associate Dean for Research in UAMS College of Nursing

Spencer Watson

Judith Weber, Ph.D., director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and a professor in the UAMS colleges of Medicine and Public Health, has been named associate dean for research in the College of Nursing effective Nov. 1. She succeeds Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, who retired this year but…



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