The Department of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has been granted full approval by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) for the pre-licensure (generic) program. The approval extends through 2020.
“The new nursing program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is off to a great start under the able leadership of Mrs. Diann Williams, a highly competent and recognized Nurse Educator,” said Dr. Jacquelyn McCray, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “The university is committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in the program and contributing greatly to the supply of practicing BSN nurses in this region of the state. The action of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing signals its confidence that the UAPB Nursing Program will be a major player in addressing this need.”
The department began pursuing ASBN accreditation after the program returned in 2015. Since then, the curriculum has been redeveloped, new faculty and staff were hired, and Nursing Department Chairperson Diann Williams was awarded the first Endowed Nursing Professorship in Rural Health by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
“Full Approval for the new nursing program is a great achievement,” said Williams. “Since opening the program in fall 2015, faculty and staff have worked diligently for this day. There is excitement and a sense of real accomplishment, however, we continue to take seriously our role and responsibility to our students and communities of interest to maintain the standards of the profession. I look forward to continuing this momentum.”
For more information about the Department of Nursing at UAPB, call (870) 575-8220 or visit www.uapb.edu/nursing.
About the Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Established by the Arkansas Legislature in 1913 to safeguard the life and health of its citizens, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) achieves its mission by developing standards for safe nursing care, approval of nursing schools and regulating licenses to practice nursing.
In addition to the Nurse Practice Act and Rules, there are position statements and guidelines for nurses to follow. The ASBN is responsible for enforcing these laws and rules pertaining to the regulation of nurses, nursing education and nursing practice.