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
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
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.
- 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.
Inspiring excellence. Transforming care. Creating leaders.
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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 forthe 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%