College of Nursing


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…


May 20, 2019

UAMS Graduates 864 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Sharanda Williams (center), director of Academic Affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine, stands as marshal with students ready to receive their diplomas.

Degrees and certificates were awarded to 864 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school May 18 during a commencement ceremony at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Degrees were presented to 165 in the College of Medicine, 229 in the College of Nursing, 111 in the College of…


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…



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