Department of Nursing-About Our Program

The UA Little Rock Department of Nursing is a vital member of the Little Rock community. For nearly 50 years the UA Little Rock Department of Nursing has educated nurses and is responsible for the placement of nurses statewide, regionally, and across the country.

UA Little Rock-educated nurses are highly regarded by employers as being well prepared and as having outstanding critical thinking and communication skills.

The Nursing Department is UA Little Rock’s largest department on campus with more than 600 current students, 20-plus full-time faculty members, and six dedicated staff members.

The UA Little Rock Department of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


I. Mission


To utilize teaching, scholarship, and service to empower graduates to be change agents while promoting health and wellness in diverse populations across the state of Arkansas and beyond.

II. Values

  • Caring, the heart of nursing embodies compassion, mentoring, comfort, and advocacy.
  • Professionalism is the consistent demonstration of accountability, reliability, and stewardship.
  • Integrity is choosing to exhibit behaviors of honesty and trustworthiness while adhering to moral and ethical principles regardless of the situation.
  • Respect is displayed by treating oneself and others with dignity, kindness, and consideration.
  • Diversity fosters success through recognition of and attention to social and cultural variations.
  • Excellence is the implementation of high-quality, evidence-based practice, lifelong learning, and competent care. It is centered on an unwavering commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service.


III. Vision


Inspiring excellence. Transforming care. Creating leaders.

IV. Highlights


Teaching

  • Janet Fletcher was inducted as a Fellow into the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Academy for Associate Degree Nursing in November 2019.
  • Fairah Solomon received the NurseTim New Nurse Educator of the Year Award in November 2019.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Lee was tenured and received a promotion to Associate Professor in July 2019.

Congrats to the following nursing faculty for completing graduate degrees as noted by their credientials in 2018-19:

  • Fairah Solomon, MSN, RN, CNE. Mrs. Solomon also passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam, earning the CNE credential.
  • Josh Young, MSN, RN (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • Jennifer Bridges, MSN, RN, CCRN
  • Josy Nduku, DNP, RN- also promoted to Assistant Professor and to Interim BSN Progam Coordinator in January 2020.
  • Crystal Rose- MHA, BSN, RN (officially graduates in May 2020 with a PhD in Nursing Science, but successfully defended her dissertation in December 2019)
  • Johni Beth Teague, MSN, RN

Faculty currently enrolled in a MSN program:

  • Lindsey Clark, BSN, RN, RNC-MNN (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • Karen Bristow, BSN, RN (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • Brittany Mathis, BSN, RN
  • Jennifer Dostert, BSN, RN (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • SaraBeth Phillips, BSN, RN (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • Joanna Rostad-Hall, BSN, RN and Interim Simulation Director (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • Kyle Webb, BSN, RN

Research

  • Four students participated in Signature Experience Research activities, with two receiving funding to attend the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) to present a poster on the research. Faculty sponsors included Elizabeth Lee and Janet Fletcher.
  • Many faculty members presented posters or podium presentations at local, state and national conferences during 2019. Examples of sites include Alberta, Canada; Louisville, Kentucky; Atlanta, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas; Branson, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; Conway, Arkansas

Service

  • The Department of Nursing provides CPR credentialing to students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the community, as needed.
  • Faculty continue to represent the Department of Nursing on different national and state nursing organizations, including:
    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) as peer evaluators (Gilbert, Davidson) and Evaluation Review Panel members (Gilbert)
    • OADN- Fletcher serves on the nominating committee
  • The Department of Nursing is represented by faculty members on 13 different University and College level committees, which included several leadership positions
  • Faculty from the Department of Nursing participated in multiple flu shot clinics and other community service projects.
  • The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas presented the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a $68,357 grant to support continuing education for healthcare professionals.

Student Success

  • All courses have a faculty/student mentor program. Students are required to meet with the faculty member following the failure of an examination; if the student is struggling with content; or if life issues are getting in the way of the student being successful. This appears to be effective based on retention numbers
  • The nursing department has acquired various study tools, which students can check out through our lending library. These resources assist students with study and test-taking skills
  • Additional study sessions and workshops are offered outside of scheduled class times based on student needs. Examples include documentation, pharmacology, and math calculations
  • The College of Education and Health Professions offers Student Success opportunities in many ways, including a licensed Social Worker, Mia Polk-Hampton, who is available for nursing students for a variety of personal and educational needs.
  • The NURS 2410 Course offered students a hands-on learning opportunity by providing a mock childbirth education class, like those taught to soon-to-be parents. This included meeting with a Doula and her client and a BSN student. Lindsey Clark, Johni Beth Teague, and Melissa Reeves were instrumental in developing this new learning activity.
  • BSN Faculty have been hard at work to certify all core BSN courses as Quality Matters (QM). All courses with the exception of 2 are now certified with several up for renewal. This is one-way students can be assured they are receiving the best of the best in online education.
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Paramedic-to-RN program has been ranked seventh nationally by the educational resource website RegisteredNursing.org (May 2019)


V. Assessment


STANDARD 6 (2017 Standards & Criteria, Baccalaureate) Outcomes Program evaluation demonstrates that students have achieved each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome. The nursing program has a current systematic plan of evaluation. The systematic plan of evaluation contains:

  1. Specific, measurable expected levels of achievement for each end-of-program student
  2. learning outcome and each program outcome.

  3. Appropriate assessment method(s) for each end-of-program student learning outcome
  4. and each program outcome.

  5. Regular intervals for the assessment of each end-of-program student learning outcome
  6. and each program outcome.

  7. Sufficient data to inform program decision-making for maintenance and improvement
  8. of each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.*

  9. Analysis of assessment data to inform program decision-making for the maintenance and
  10. improvement of each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.

  11. Documentation demonstrating the use of assessment data in program decision-making for

    the maintenance and improvement of each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.

Data Location Responsibility and Frequency Method
SPE Biannually Assessment Committee Meetings held in May and December to report on Standard 6

6.1 The program demonstrates evidence of students’ achievement of each end-of-program student learning outcome. There is ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome. There is analysis of assessment data and documentation that the analysis of assessment data is used in program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of students’ attainment of each end-of-program student learning outcome.

Expected Level of Achievement Data Location Responsibility & Frequency Method
AAS End of Program Outcomes 1. Incorporate best practices based on current evidence, patient/family preferences, and values into the delivery of optimal care (EBP) LOA:  HESI Exit Mean QSEN subscore in Evidence-Based Practice is 850 or above. 2.    Collaborate within nursing and healthcare teams with open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making in the delivery of optimal care (T/C) LOA: HESI Exit Mean QSEN subscore in Teamwork & Collaboration is 850 or above 3.    Provide compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient/family preferences, values and needs (PCC) LOA: HESI Exit Mean QSEN subscore in Patient-Centered Care is 850 or above 4.    Use data to monitor and improve the quality and safety of patient care (QI) LOA: HESI Exit Mean QSEN subscore in Quality Improvement is 850 or above 5.    Use safety standards to minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers (S) LOA: HESI Exit Mean QSEN subscore in Safety is 850 or above 6.    Demonstrate understanding of information and technology to communicate and support decision making in the delivery of optimal health care (I) LOA: HESI Exit Mean QSEN subscore in Informatics is 850 or above RN-BSN Completion (BSN) Program Outcomes 1.    Integrate best available evidence, professional experience and patient preferences in the design, coordination, and provision of care (EBP) LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 90% or higher in QSEN category Evidence-Based Practice. 2.    Communicate and collaborate within interdisciplinary teams to ensure delivery of optimal care (T/C) LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 90% or higher in QSEN category Teamwork & Collaboration. 3.    Coordinate and design care incorporating the patient/family’s values, needs and preferences in evidence-based clinical decision making in providing and ensuring quality care (PCC) LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 90% or higher  in  QSEN category Patient-Centered Care. 4.    Apply quality improvement principles to develop plans and initiate actions to ensure continuous quality improvement (QI) LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 90% or higher in QSEN category Quality Improvement. 5.    Promote and cultivate a culture of safety to minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers in a variety of health care systems (S) LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 90% or higher in QSEN category Safety. 6.    Utilize information technology to communicate, manage knowledge, foster lifelong learning, and support evidence-based decision-making in a variety of health care delivery systems (I) LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 90% or higher in QSEN category Informatics. Exit Evolve/HESI result Course Team Meeting Minutes End of Course Reports Curriculum Committee Minutes Faculty Minutes Annually (December) Assessment Committee Evolve/HESI exit results by outcome Course change summaries NURS 4430 Program Portfolios

Report May 2017: Notes: We will develop LOAs related to course testing Exam Soft and PassPoint data as we use these new programs.  The report of data for the current cohort will be done in December 2017. BSN outcomes will be measured for all N4430 course sections annually (fall, spring, summer semesters).


VI. End-of-Program Learning Outcomes

VII. Priorities for Next Year


VIII. Appendix: Fast Facts


  • Latest NCLEX pass rate is 88.9%