The Arkansas Action Coalition is a diverse group of stakeholders working with the intent of effecting sustainable changes for nursing while working to build a quality health care environment for Arkansans as we work to transform health care through nursing. Please contact and join us in this exciting time for nursing’s future.



Nurses practicing in all venues are striving to provide high-quality patient care in Arkansas. Our goal is to demonstrate the pathway that will increase the number of nurses prepared with higher degrees as care becomes more complex.


Arkansas will advance pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver high-quality, patient-centered.  


Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions, but not enough nurses are ‘at the table’ to address Arkansas’ significant health care challenges. Our coalition will challenge nurses to step up and contribute their valued perspective.


We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will engage Arkansas nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead.


Much work is being done at the state and national level to ensure that advanced practice nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training. Our coalition is communicating this work to advance practice nurses in the state.


To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we will develop strategic partnerships, and identify and learn from states with advanced regulations, in an effort to remove burdensome barriers, and provide high quality health care to patients and families in our state.

Interprofessional Collaboration

Our coalition is working with many stakeholders to ensure that nurses, physicians, and other health professionals work together to provide high quality, patient-centered care. This collaboration needs to occur in education, practice, leadership, and across all health care settings.


We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.


Arkansas is becoming increasingly diverse and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.


We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation.


Arkansas is one of the few states that does not have a Nursing Workforce Center. Our challenge is to seek other modes to find the data that informs us of the needed health providers and with what skills.


We are exploring partnerships and examining models from other states to develop a plan for data collection in our state. Once developed, we will work to promote data-driven policy decisions that improve health care for patients and families in Arkansas.



Claudia Beverly, PhD, RN, FAAN (Co-Lead)

Professor and Director for the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Erin Fifer, MSN, RN, CPN             (Co-Lead)

Former AR AC Coordinator

Valerie Hart, PhD, RN                  (Co-Lead)

Faculty Instructor at University of Central Arkansas

Tony Brainard, BS                        (Co-Lead)

Business Community Liasion

Debra Jeffs, PhD, RN                   (Co-Director)

Director, Academic Nursing Education, Arkansas Children's Hospital  

Sandra Lubin, MA, RN                  (Co-Director)

Project Director, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences




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