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Welcome to the great state of Arkansas' Nurses Lounge.

This Lounge provides a place for nursing news and info from around the state.

As a follower of the the Arkansas Nurses Lounge please feel free to post news, events, photos and/or ask and give an answer to questions.

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  • Conway Human Development Center experiencing nursing shortage

    Posted May 17, 2015 by Adam Burkhart
  • Nursing Students' Resolutions Approved at National Convention

    Posted Apr 30, 2015 by Garret Armes
  • University of Arkansas Nursing Master's Programs Jumps 91 Places in U.S. News Rankings

    Posted Mar 23, 2015 by Adam Burkhart
  • University of Arkansas Graduate Invents Device to Lessen Needle Sticks

    Posted Mar 3, 2015 by Adam Burkhart

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - A hospital stay of more than a day or two is already a less than stellar experience for most people, especially when you are constantly being poked and prodded with needles. Spencer Jones, a registered nurse at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock, is working to lessen this discomfort. Jones invented a device that will eliminate the use of more than one need...

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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A hospital stay of more than a day or two is already a less than stellar experience for most people, especially when you are constantly being poked and prodded with needles. Spencer Jones, a registered nurse at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock, is working to lessen this discomfort. Jones invented a device that will eliminate the use of more than one needle when a patient must be hooked up to an IV.
    “The whole crux of the device is to minimize the amount of times we would have to stick and prick our patients,” Jones said.
    His product is a single catheter with two channels, inserted in the forearm, hand, or elbow like a normal IV catheter. The two channels are different sizes; the larger one is for fluid administration, and the shorter one is purely for blood draws.
    Jones graduated from the University of Arkansas in December of 2013 and found a job on St. Vincent’s medical-surgical general patient floor. He first got the idea for his invention during his clinical rotations while a student in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the U of A. Jones was asked to take a blood sample from a patient and was dumbfounded when he was told he could not take the sample from the already open IV site.

    Read more: U of A Nursing Graduate Invents Device to Lessen Needle Sticks | University of Arkansas

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  • Southern Arkansas University constructing a regional simulation center

    Posted Feb 24, 2015 by Adam Burkhart
  • Arkansas one of nine states to participate

    Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Adam Burkhart
  • University of Central Arkansas nursing chair to lead medical system board

    Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Adam Burkhart
  • Nurses Lounge fits into this social media imperative from professor

    Posted Dec 30, 2014 by Adam Burkhart
  • Former University of Arkansas student wins ARK Challenge for Central Arkansas Demo Day

    Posted Nov 18, 2014 by Adam Burkhart

    The 14-week ARK Challenge for Central Arkansas concluded with Demo Day this afternoon at the Clinton Center, and the $150,000 prize went Spencer Jones' Jones Innovative Medical Solutions. Here's a link to our story about Jones and the six other companies competing for the startup prize.

    Jones' original name for his device was BVAD, for bifurcated venous access device. H...

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    The 14-week ARK Challenge for Central Arkansas concluded with Demo Day this afternoon at the Clinton Center, and the $150,000 prize went Spencer Jones' Jones Innovative Medical Solutions. Here's a link to our story about Jones and the six other companies competing for the startup prize.

    Jones' original name for his device was BVAD, for bifurcated venous access device. He got the idea while at the University of Arkansas:

    Spencer Jones, 23, was in nursing school at the University of Arkansas when he was asked at his job to draw blood on a patient. "They had an IV site, and I said, 'Can I stop the infusion and pull blood?' They said no." Jones thought that was silly. "We've got DaVinci [surgical] robots and we can't create an IV site where we can pull out while pushing in?"

    Judges were David Norman, a co-founder of Innovate Arkansas, which sponsors the challenge; Brad Henry of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and James Hendren of Fund for the Arkansas's Future.

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  • Shela Upshaw Selected President of Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    Posted Nov 18, 2014 by Adam Burkhart

    Shela Upshaw, chair of the practical nursing program at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett, was recently elected president of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

    Upshaw was appointed to a three-year term on the board in January, 2012, by Governor Mike Beebe. She was elected president by a vote of the 13-member board.

    Upshaw has more than 22 years experience in n...

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    Shela Upshaw, chair of the practical nursing program at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett, was recently elected president of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

    Upshaw was appointed to a three-year term on the board in January, 2012, by Governor Mike Beebe. She was elected president by a vote of the 13-member board.

    Upshaw has more than 22 years experience in nursing, including cardiac step down, emergency room, medical/surgical, geriatric psychiatric, home health, and critical care. Prior to joining the faculty at the Crossett campus, she worked at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, and Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, La.

    "I wanted to be a nurse my whole life, since I was a little girl," said Upshaw. "I view this appointment as the opportunity of a lifetime."

    Upshaw holds an associate degree in nursing from UAM. As president of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, she will oversee an organization charged with "safeguarding the life and health" of the citizens of Arkansas. Established in 1913 by the Arkansas legislature, the board develops standards for safe nursing care, approves nursing schools and regulates licenses to practice nursing.

    "This is a tremendous honor for Shela and speaks to the quality of our nursing program," said Linda Rushing, vice chancellor of UAM-CTC. "She has done a wonderful job and we are proud of her accomplishments."

    For more information, contact the UAM College of Technology-Crossett at (870) 364-6414.

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