College of Nursing


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…


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…



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