The Centennial Celebration for the Arkansas State Board of Nursing is now in full swing.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center’s reception on Tuesday was the second of 11 regional events scheduled this year to honor the organization’s impact on the field of nursing. The first was at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville on January 29.
ASBN Executive Director Sue Tedford is a former instructor at the JRMC School of Nursing, as is Tammy Claussen, the agency’s program coordinator. Both women were present at the event, along with ASBN Board President Karen Holcomb, who is also a nurse at JRMC.
JRMC President & CEO Walter Johnson welcomed the crowd, followed by comments from Chief Nursing Officer Louise Hickman. The highlight of the event was a style show that featured nursing uniforms from the last 100 years. Music of the era and facts about notable nurses were included, and all models were JRMC employees. In two instances, young patient care techs wore the original uniforms of nurses who joined the JRMC staff in the 1970s, and were accompanied by the nurses themselves — Ruth Rogers, who is retired, and Kathy Pierce, director of the JRMC School of Nursing.
Narrators for the style show were all nursing educators:
• Jessie Clemmons, past director of the JRMC School of Nursing
• Diann Williams, VP Allied Health and Nursing from Southeast Arkansas College
• Laura Festa, Nursing faculty from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Tedford addressed the group, and talked about the many changes that have taken place in the last 100 years, both in the nursing profession and at the state board. The organization was created by the Arkansas Legislature in 1913 to regulate the practice of nursing including licensing, enforcement of rules and regulations and disciplinary proceedings.
In addition to the regional activities, the ASBN celebration will include a gala in June to recognize outstanding nurses statewide.