7th Annual Membership Meeting November 15th at 5:00 pm

The Arkansas Center for Nursing, INC will hold its 7th Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday November 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm via ZOOM. During the meeting, members will hear from the Executive Director regarding the achievements of the past year. The 2022 State of the Nursing Workforce Report will be released and members will get to see an overview of the findings. Members will also be voting on new Board of Directors members.

Congratulations to the 2022 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40


Welcome to our new Board of Directors Members

Welcome New Board Members2021

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Welcome New Board of Directors Members


Dr. Terri McKown, DNP, FNP-BC

Dr. McKown is a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner at River Valley Christian Clinic. She is also a Professor at the Arkansas Tech University in the Department of Nursing. Dr. McKown is an At-Large Representative.


Alesha Collins, MSN, MHA

Mrs. Collins is the Chief Nursing Officer for Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, AR. She serves as the President of the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives. Mrs. Collins is the Organizational Member Representative for Howard Memorial Hospital.


Stephen Pennington, MSN, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, NE-BC, CCRN-K

Mr. Pennington is the Associate Nurse Executive for Critical Care at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. He serves as the President of the Arkansas Nurses Association. Mr. Pennington is the Organizational Member Representative for the Arkansas Nurses Association.

Arkansas’ Nursing Workforce Center

If you want your organization to join forces with the Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc., you can choose one of our three membership options. When you become an organizational member, you can gain access to various benefits such as complimentary tickets to our events, as well as free advertising on Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. event materials and on our website. Become a member by choosing an option that meets your organization’s needs.




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.

2019 APRN Brief

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Arkansas

Our team at the Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc. recently released our initial brief that details a portion of our 2018 nursing workforce report. Our organization plans on providing frequent briefs and reports that highlight the state of the nursing profession in Arkansas. We are this state's only nursing workforce center that aims to inform the community about various topics involving the nursing field.

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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)



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

  • 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.


Ashley Davis, PhD, RN

Ashley Davis assumed the role of Executive Director for the Arkansas Center for Nursing, Inc in 2018. 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 was 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 (12) and Sam (8). 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.



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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