College of Nursing


May 16, 2019

UAMS Celebrates National Nurses Week

Spencer Watson

A decorated table offers cupcakes for dessert during a lunch and learn panel held during Nurses Week.

A week of educational talks, events, awards and discounts marked the many ways in which UAMS celebrated National Nurses Week May 4-10 including weekends, nights and off-site clinics. “Nursing requires a tremendous amount of compassion, spending your entire day attending to the needs of others,” said Trenda Ray, Ph.D., RN, associate vice chancellor for patients…


May 2, 2019

UAMS Volunteers Provide Physicals for Special Olympics Athletes

Spencer Watson

UAMS volunteers administer a vision screening for a Special Olympics athlete.

Like a school gym on tryout day, the waiting room of the UAMS 12th Street Health & Wellness Center was abuzz with energy as dozens of young athletes waited their turn to take a physical that would clear them for sporting competition. Some were a bundle of nerves. Others were relaxed and all smiles. But…


April 30, 2019

UAMS Psychiatric Nurse Serves Patients and Her Country

Spencer Watson

Codi Anthony, soon to graduate with a doctor of nursing practice and newly direct commissioned as a captain, with her father, who served in Vietnam.

Just about any nurse will tell you that service to patients and their families is a very big part of what they do. But Codi Anthony, M.N.Sc., APRN, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, has a commitment that goes beyond her work, school and children in the STRIVE program. She will finish a 10-year journey with the…


April 25, 2019

Teamwork is Focus of Nursing Research Conference

Spencer Watson

Attendees browse posters at the 2019 Annual Arkansas Nursing Research Conference.

Dozens of research projects were on display April 12 at the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neuroscience Institute as part of the 2019 Annual Arkansas Nursing Research Conference: Building Collaborative Teams in Research and Practice. The day-long conference brought together 170 participating nurses in clinical practice, as well as professors, instructors and students, for…


April 10, 2019

2019 Great 100 Nurses List Includes 29 from UAMS

Spencer Watson

Twenty-nine UAMS nurses were named to the Great 100 Nurses Foundation’s annual list of the state’s superb nurses.

Twenty-nine nurses from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) were named to the Great 100 Nurses Foundation’s annual list of the state’s superb nurses.


April 5, 2019

Dean’s Circle Reception Celebrates Support for Nursing

Spencer Watson

Michelle Gonzales leads a tour of the nursing simulation center during the Dean's Circle reception.

UAMS College of Nursing Dean Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN, shared gratitude, reflection and a look at what’s to come for the college in a Dean’s Circle event to celebrate donors. “These funds enable us to advance the mission of the college, both in broadening the scope of instruction available to our students and in helping…


April 4, 2019

Nursing Educator Again Helps Mothers, Infants in Her Native Zambia

Spencer Watson

Anita Mitchell, Ph.D., APRN, with members of her team Kim Smith, M.D., and Caroline Crocker, D.O.

For Anita Mitchell, Ph.D., APRN, an associate professor in the College of Nursing, spring break has meant a chance to travel for five of the past seven years, but it’s not been with vacation in mind. Her goal has been to help mothers and infants in Zambia, the African country where she was born and…


February 12, 2019

First Responders’ Mental Health Focus of UAMS Nursing Research

Spencer Watson

New research will focus on the mental health needs of first responders, including firefighters and paramedics.

In researching the mental health needs of emergency responders, Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN, who has long been the spouse of a firefighter/paramedic, reports they have a unique culture, often seen as a brotherhood/sisterhood. But Jones, an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Nursing, has found that even within that family, there are certain things…


January 24, 2019

Researcher Asks Why Some Abandon Treatment for Prescription Opioid Addiction

Spencer Watson

Patricia Wright, Ph.D.

It would seem counterintuitive for a patient to undergo weeks of treatment, then at a critical moment abandon it and potentially succumb to disease. Yet, many people battling opioid addiction go through exactly that pattern of progress and relapse, oftentimes more than once. Patricia Wright, Ph.D., RN, an assistant professor and researcher in the UAMS…


January 14, 2019

Introducing Michelle Gonzalez, Ph.D., CRNA

Spencer Watson

Michelle Gonzalez, Ph.D., CRNA, joined UAMS on Jan. 2 to guide the formation and accreditation of the new nurse anesthesia educational program in the College of Nursing. She comes to UAMS from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she served as an assistant professor and simulation coordinator, and performed clinical practice as a…



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