The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville hosted the 17th Annual Arkansas Licensed Practical Nursing Association’s (ALPNA) annual convention and competition April 11-12, 2013.
UACCB has been hosting the ALPNA convention since 2006. This year UACCB welcomed over 230 students and 21 instructors from seven institutions, along with nine ALPNA board members and three community judges on campus for the two day event.
The purpose of ALPNA is to support all licensed practical nurses in the State of Arkansas and promote contacts on national, state and local levels with groups interested in the improvement and extension of nursing service. ALPNA accomplishes this in a number of ways including: keeping the membership informed concerning matters of interest to practical nurses and practical nursing; seeking to advance educational standards of practical nurses’ and the continuance of their education; alerting the membership to pending legislation pertaining to nursing or practical nurses’ and leading the membership in a concerted effort in support of, or in opposition to proposed legislation; and to establish and maintain high standards of integrity, honor and character among licensed practical nurses’ and promote and protect their welfare, interest and advance their education standards.
Along with UACCB, the other institutions participating in the 2013 ALPNA convention and competition were: Arkansas Statue University Beebe – Searcy campus, Arkansas Tech University – Ozark campus, College of the Ouachitas, National Park Community College, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, and University of Arkansas at Monticello – Crossett campus.
UACCB nursing students who placed in the competition were:
· Megan Brown (Sulphur Rock), first place, prepared speaking
· Kandice Conway (Kensett) and Whitney Swindle (Bald Knob), first place, two man CPR
· Tifney Roberts (Batesville), first place medical terminology
· Jennifer Bratton (Judsonia), second place, medical terminology
· Teresa Harris (Cave City), second place, job interview
· Stephanie Swaim (Batesville), second place, spelling bee
· Megan Marmet (Poughkeepsie), third place, nutrition
· Karrabi Wilson (Batesville), third place, nursing skills
· Tracy Pollard (Newport), tie for second place, solo talent
· “Fire in the Hole” group of Brown, Swindle, Harris, Swaim, Grace Hawkins (Batesville), Alicia Campbell (Batesville), Susie Rodriguez (Batesville), Crystal Burns (Cave City), Julia Copeland (Newport), Jessica Kennedy (Evening Shade), and Nichole Seymore (Lynne); second place; group talent.