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announcing the 2019 40 nurse leaders under 40


The Arkansas Center for Nursing is proud to announce the 2019 40 Under 40


· Adam Steele, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Adriane Pickett, Howard Memorial Hospital

· Albrey Berber, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

· Alice Fanning, Southern Arkansas University

· Alicea Leffel, CHI St. Vincent Infirmary

· Amberla Ward, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

· Amelia Reed, Conway Regional Health System

· Angela Rowe. Arkansas Children’s Hospital

· Anthony Reed, Baxter Regional Medical Center

· Ashley Benton, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

· Bethany Nay, Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks

· Candice Kuddes, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Cassie Gonzales, Compass Concierge Healthcare, LLC

· Christina Mayo, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Daniel See, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Deena Garner, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences- College of Nursing

· Elizabeth Riley, University of Arkansas- Little Rock

· Jamie Palmer, University of Arkansas - Monticello

· Jennifer Katie Broadus, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

· Justin Cole Richard, Kindred Hospice Little Rock

· Kelly Castleman, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

· Kerin Smith, Kindred Hospice Little Rock

· Kimberly Crutchfield, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Kymberley Loyd, Johnson Regional Medical Center

· Lacy Tate, Johnson Regional Medical Center

· LaDonna Young, Schumacher Clinical Partners

· Leigh Ann Snead, University of Arkansas- Little Rock

· Lindsay Payne, Dierksen Memorial Hospice

· Mat Austin, Conway Regional Health System

· Meagan Freeman, Baptist Health System

· Meghan Mallett, Conway Regional Medical Clinic- Prince Street

· Michelle Everest, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Nycole Oliver, Baptist Health – Fort Smith

· Rebecca Dill, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Rebecca Gray, University of Central Arkansas

· Sarah Amundson, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

· Shelby Arbogast, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center

· Stephanie Thompson, Access Medical Clinic

· Tamara Long, CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs

· Taylor Willis, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

For Information about the Recognition Ceremony follow the link below

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BSN Young Leaders Program

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 BSN Young Leaders Program


  The Young Leaders program will provide the BSN student the opportunity to explore the leadership role of the Registered Nurse, in a selected setting, under the mentorship of a nurse leader. This program will integrate concepts from Quality Safety Education in Nursing and the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

This nursing leadership experience is being offered to student nurses in their junior or senior year of a baccalaureate program and will provide opportunities to explore various aspects of leadership in nursing. These experiences will go outside the classroom, beyond the bedside, and offer chances to work with nurse researchers, educators, clinicians and/or leaders.   Upon the successful completion of the Young Leaders Program, students will receive a $1,000 stipend to be spent toward their educational expenses.

Application Deadline is May 1, 2019

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New Options for Organizational Membership

Become an Organizational Member TODAY!


The Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. now offers 3 options for organizations looking to join forces with the ACN. Organizational members enjoy benefits ranging from free tickets to ACN events, free advertising on ACN event material, and free advertising on the ACN website. Click here to find a membership option for your organization.

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2019 APRN Brief

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Arkansas


The Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. just released it's first brief detailing a portion of it's 2018 Nursing Workforce Report. The ACN is the State's only Nursing Workforce Center and plans to frequent briefs and reports highlighting the state of the profession in Arkansas.


Congratulations to our new Board of Directors members

Donna Koestler, DNP, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CNE


Nursing Education Representative

Donna is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Delta State University. She has been a member of the Arkansas Center for Nursing since 2016. She has 15 years of teaching experience in the college and university settings.

Randi Mackey, BSN, RN


At-Large Member

Randi is a Clinical Research RN at UAMS. She is a new member of the Arkansas Center for Nursing. Randi has experience in the ICU setting as well as the Central Live and PIV specialties. Randi also  has experience in development and fundraising of non-profits and healthcare organizations. 

2018 State of the Nursing Workforce in Arkansas Report

The Arkansas Center for Nursing is excited to release the FIRST nursing workforce report. The report includes information about Arkansas's nursing educational capacity, nursing supply, and nursing demand.

ACN.WorkforceReport2018 (pdf)


Who We Are


Our Mission

To promote a culture of health for the citizens of Arkansas by advancing nursing education, practice, leadership, and workforce development.

Our History

The efforts that resulted in the formation this organization began in 2011 with a group of nursing leaders. The Arkansas Action Coalition (AR AC) was formed and consisted of four Pillars: Practice, Education, Leadership, and Workforce Data. The AR AC was awarded a state implementation grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to implement initiatives to promote academic progression (RN to BSN, RN to MSN, etc.) programs and new graduate residency programs, Nurses on Boards training, and 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 recognition. The AR AC also collaborated with ARNA to remove practice barriers for APRNs. This work has continued to grow and improve nursing practice in the state. 

In June 2016, the Arkansas Action Coalition became part of a new nonprofit organization, Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. (ACN). The ACN was created to continue the work of the Action Coalition, increase the workforce and data focus, collaborate with other organizations with similar goals, and establish sustainable funding for the work. ACN is the state’s nursing workforce center and is a member of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. One of the exciting new goals of the Center is to publish reports related to the supply, demand, and educational capacity of the nursing workforce in the state. 


Our Purpose

  • Serve as a statewide data clearinghouse regarding nursing practice, nursing workforce supply and demand, and nursing education.
  • Publish reports of the current state of the nursing workforce, including nursing supply, demand, and educational opportunities to the citizens of Arkansas.
  • Promote a culture of health for the citizens of Arkansas.
  • Promote a diverse nursing workforce to meet the needs of the citizens of Arkansas. 


Meet the Executive Director

Ashley Davis, MNSc, RN, CNE, PhD(c)


Ashley Davis recently assumed the role of Executive Director for the Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. Ashley has a clinical background in Pediatric Cardiology and has been a Nurse Educator for the past 12 years. She has been very involved in the work of the Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. and was named to the 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 in 2017. Ashley has a passion for the mission of the ACN and was a co-author for the 2018 State of the Nursing Workforce in Arkansas report. 

Ashley's dissertation work is with nursing student stress and depressive symptoms and the use of mindfulness meditation to improve the well-being of undergraduate nursing students.

She is married to her husband John and has 2 children, Allie (10) and Sam (6). She is a second-generation nurse and taught alongside her mother for 9 years.

Ashley is excited about leading the ACN to new heights through member engagement, dissemination of workforce data, and programs aimed at creating a culture of health in Arkansas. 

Our Work

Data Resources & Reporting


Coordinating the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statewide nursing workforce data.



Empowering nurses in Arkansas to lead culture of health initiatives & guide redesigning health care to provide improved care for all populations. 



Promoting academic progression, lifelong learning, & workplace transition among Arkansas nurses.



Improving consumer access to high quality, cost efficient health care by removing practice barriers so that nurses may practice to the full extent of their education, training, licensure, & certification.

News & Events


Big news about nurses and healthcare in Arkansas.



Creating sustainability for the current and future work of the ACN.

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