College of Nursing


December 11, 2019

UAMS Awarded $4 Million to Study Digital Delivery of Heart Patient Care

Spencer Watson

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAHA

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded $4 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study digital delivery of health care to patients with heart failure. The project is under the leadership of Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, an associate professor in the College of Nursing, who is a Fellow…


November 29, 2019

Workshop Trains Facilitators for Poverty Simulation and Effects on Health

Spencer Watson

Faculty, staff and students from throughout UAMS participated in the CAPS facilitator training.

Experiencing poverty and its effects on a person’s health was the focus of a two-day training workshop at UAMS to help health care providers better relate to patients and possible barriers to treatment. Students, faculty and staff from across UAMS, including the main campus and regional campuses, participated in the Community Action Poverty Simulation Nov….


November 25, 2019

Senior Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna named Arkansas Nursing Student of the Year

Spencer Watson

Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna

UAMS College of Nursing senior Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna has been named the Arkansas Nursing Students’ Association (ANSA) Student of the Year. The award was presented last month at the ANSA state convention. “When Erin Salter, one of my classmates, told me I’d been selected, I started getting teary-eyed, because I was not expecting it,” said…


November 19, 2019

Sara Jones Named American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Fellow

Spencer Watson

UAMS College of Nursing's Sara Jones, Ph.D., and professional mentor Susie Adams, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt School of Nursing, attending the ceremony at which Jones was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN, assistant professor in the UAMS College of Nursing, has become the third nursing faculty member at UAMS to be named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Jones is the coordinator for the psychiatric mental health specialty in the college’s nurse practitioner program, “Becoming a Fellow in…


November 8, 2019

Faculty Spotlight: Leonie DeClerk, D.N.P.

Spencer Watson

Leonie DeClerk, D.N.P., RN, APRN, and her family at the naturalization ceremony in Memphis.

After more than 35 years in Arkansas and more than a decade at UAMS, Leonie DeClerk, D.N.P., RN, APRN, director of the College of Nursing D.N.P. program and a clinical assistant professor, has recently found the familiar to be surprisingly different. A native of New Zealand who was recruited to move to Arkansas in 1981…


November 7, 2019

UAMS Nursing Students Receive Scholarships

David Wise

Jones Trust Nursing Scholarships

Nursing students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) were recently awarded scholarships made possible by the Harvey and Bernice Jones Trust for Nursing of Springdale. The eight UAMS College of Nursing students, all of whom live and work in Northwest Arkansas, were each awarded $5,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year ($2,500 per…


November 6, 2019

UAMS Receives Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Program

Spencer Watson

The UAMS College of Nursing has been accredited to educate nurse anesthetists. Jason McDonald and Taronda Calvin are two CRNAs already working at UAMS.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) College of Nursing has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to educate nurse anesthetists. “Creating a nurse anesthesia program fits within UAMS’s larger strategic goals of embracing innovative programs and new approaches to train tomorrow’s health care workforce and improve health…


November 4, 2019

New Exhibit Celebrates 140th Anniversary of UAMS

Spencer Watson

A new exhibit from the UAMS Historical Research Center celebrating the 140th anniversary of UAMS has been installed near the College of Medicine administrative offices.

Turning 140 years old means having a lot of history to celebrate. That history is the focus of a new exhibit composed by the UAMS Historical Research Center on display across from the College of Medicine administrative offices on the first floor of the Central Building. Those who researched, curated and installed the display said…


October 9, 2019

College of Nursing Speaker Outlines Sleep Research of Cancer Survivors

Ben Boulden

While delivering the annual Dalme-Rickel lecture, Belinda Mandrell shows her audience an award-winning infographic to illustrate some of her research findings.

A leading nurse scientist, Belinda Mandrell, Ph.D., R.N., has found that nurses can be the solution to meeting challenging research requirements. Mandrell is the director of nursing research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Introduced by UAMS College of Nursing Dean Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., R.N., she was this year’s guest speaker Sept….


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…



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