| LITTLE ROCK — Two UAMS College of Nursing faculty members have been selected to participate in leadership programs through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
Fermin Renteria, DNP, APRN, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, has been named to the class of 2022-23 of AACN’s Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing (ELAN) program. The one-year fellowship is designed to enhance the leadership skills of aspiring deans and senior faculty members. Participants begin with a five-day leadership immersion experience this summer, and they will attend virtual workshops and receive coaching throughout the year.
“Several of my colleagues are ELAN fellows, and I see the tremendous impact it has had on their leadership skills,” said Renteria, director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Little Rock campus. “I am honored to have been selected and grateful to the College of Nursing for sponsoring my participation.”
“Dr. Renteria’s professionalism, pedagogical and curricular expertise, strong communication skills, and ability to work collaboratively have earned the respect of her colleagues within the college and across campus,” said Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., RN, Dean of the College of Nursing.
Teresa Whited, DNP, APRN, associate professor and associate dean for academic programs at the College of Nursing, has been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. Whited has already completed the ELAN program. The AACN-Wharton program is designed to hone participants’ skills in negotiation, leadership, and influencing others.
“I am very happy and honored to have been selected for the Wharton Executive Leadership Program,” said Whited. “This is a wonderful opportunity that will help me grow and give back to the college in a stronger way.”
Whited has held leadership positions at the state and national levels, including as Legislative Co-Chair of the Arkansas Nurses Association-PNAP and the Arkansas Chapter of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; board member of the Association of Faculty for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; member of the conference planning committee at NAPNAP national and as a member of the program director and health policy special interest groups of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Colleges (NONPF).
“Dr. Whited’s communication skills, problem-solving abilities and commitment to team success have established her as a strong leader at UAMS,” Cowan said.
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