About our Program

The UA Little Rock School of Nursing is a vital member of the Little Rock community. For nearly 50 years the UA Little Rock School 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 School 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 School of Nursing at UA Little Rock located in Little Rock, AR is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science Program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm


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

Announcements

  • Cindy Gilbert retired in May 2020 after 22 years of service to the Pat Walker School of Nursing.
  • Four new faculty members have joined our team.
    • Hunter Spence
    • Shelia Brooks
    • Carolyn Hunter-Layne
    • LaKeisha Falls
  • The Department of Nursing has become the School of Nursing following the formation of the new College of Business, Health, and Human Services
  • Our Simulation Hospital has been re-named the Center for Simulation Innovation

Teaching

  • Janet Fletcher, Kimberly Porter and Josh Young received nominations for the Arkansas Nurse Educator of the Year Award.
  • Johni Beth Teague, MSN, RN, CNE successfully passed the Certified Nurse Educator exam.

Congrats to the following nursing faculty for completing graduate degrees as noted by their credentials in 2019-20:

  • Karen Bristow, MSN, RN (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • Shelia Brooks, MSN, RN
  • Lindsey Clark, MSN, RN, RNC-MNN (UA Little Rock Nursing Alum: AAS and BSN)
  • Crystal Rose, PhD, MHA, RN
  • Hunter Spence, MSN, RN
  • LaKeisha Falls, DNP, RN

Faculty currently enrolled in a MSN program:

  • 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)

Research

  • Eric Nix, BSN student received a $1000 Signature Experience award from the College of Education and Health Professions. Eric’s mentor is Jenny Bridges.
  • 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 School of Nursing provides CPR credentialing to students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the community, as needed.
  • Faculty continue to represent the School of Nursing on different national and state nursing organizations, including:
    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) as peer evaluators (Davidson and Solomon)
  • The School of Nursing is represented by faculty members on 13 different University and College level committees, which included several leadership positions
  • Faculty from the School 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 school 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 Business, Health and Human Services 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.
  • 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.


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:

  • Specific, measurable expected levels of achievement for each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.
  • Appropriate assessment method(s) for each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.
  • Regular intervals for the assessment of each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.
  • Sufficient data to inform program decision-making for maintenance and improvement of each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.*
  • Analysis of assessment data to inform program decision-making for the maintenance and improvement of each end-of-program student learning outcome and each program outcome.
  • 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 an ongoing assessment of the extent to which students attain each end-of-program student learning outcome. There is an 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 current evidence-based best practices with client/family values for the delivery of optimal care. (EBP)

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Evidence-Based Practice will be at or above 60% probability of passing.
  2. Collaborate effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams using open communication, mutual respect, professional behavior, shared decision-making while promoting a culture of health. (T/C)

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Teamwork & Collaboration will be at or above 60% probability of passing.

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Professional Identity will be at or above 60% probability of passing.
  3. Use appropriate clinical judgment in the provision of compassionate and culturally competent care based on respect, integrity, and advocacy for the diverse needs of the client and family. (PCC)

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Clinical Judgment/Critical Thinking will be at or above 60% probability of passing.

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Patient-Centered Care will be at or above 60% probability of passing.
  4. Analyze data to monitor and improve care delivery and optimize client and system outcomes. (QI)

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Quality Improvement will be at or above 60% probability of passing.
  5. Utilize best practice safety standards based on regulatory and ethical guidelines to minimize risk of harm to clients and providers. (S)

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Safety will be at or above 60% probability of passing. LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Safety & Infection Control will be at or above 60% probability of passing.

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Pharmacological & Parenteral Therapies will be at or above 60% probability of passing.
  6. Synthesize the understanding of informatics to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate errors, and facilitate decision-making for optimal healthcare environments. (I)

    LOA: ATI RN Predictor Exam Group subscore mean in Informatics will be at or above 60% probability of passing.

 

RN-BSN Completion (BSN) Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate best evidence-based practices and professional experience with patient preferences and values in the design, coordination, and provision of optimal interdisciplinary care to individuals and groups (EBP).

    LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 95% or higher in QSEN category Evidence-Based Practice.
  2. Communicate, collaborate, and lead within interdisciplinary teams to ensure the delivery of optimal care to individuals and groups based on an understanding of the organizational structure (T/C).

    LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 95% or higher in the QSEN category Teamwork & Collaboration.
  3. Coordinate, implement and evaluate compassionate and ethical care while recognizing and empowering the patient or designee as an active collaborator and shared decision-maker in the design of individualized comprehensive care (PCC).

    LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 95% or higher in QSEN category Patient-Centered Care.
  4. Apply and analyze quality measures in the development of plans, tools, and projects to continuously improve patient, group, and system outcomes (QI).

    LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 95% or higher in QSEN category Quality Improvement.
  5. Promote and cultivate a culture of safety to minimize the risk of harm to patients, providers, and the community through system effectiveness and individual performance (S).

    LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 95% or higher in the QSEN category Safety.
  6. Evaluate the use of information technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and foster lifelong learning in a variety of health care delivery systems to support decision-making and mitigate error (I).

    LOA: NURS 4430 Program portfolio mean score will be 95% or higher in the QSEN category Informatics.
ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor Exam Report

 

Course Team Meeting Minutes

End of Course Reports

 

Curriculum Committee Minutes

Faculty Minutes

Annually (December) Assessment Committee ATI RN Comprehensive Predictor Exam

 

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%