Board Members


Chair
Michelle S. Odom, MSN, RN
Director of Recruitment and Retention
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
odomms@archildrens.org

Secretary
 Kristy Fritz,BBA
RN Recruitment
St. Vincent Hospital
KFritz@stvincenthealth.com

Treasurer
Jenny Kyle, MS
Director of Student Services
UAMS College
JYKley@uams.edu


   Other Members

   Donna Middaugh, Ph.D, RN

    Assistant Dean of Academics 

    UAMS College of Nursing
    MiddaughDonnaJ@uams.edu


    Joni Stephenson, BS
    Talent Acquisition Manager

    Baptist Health

    Joni.Stephenson@baptist-health.org


     Pam Ashcraft

     UCA College of Nursing
     pama@uca.edu













About AFN 
ARKANSAS FOR NURSING (AFN) is a non-profit organization of Hospital and Nursing Education representatives with goals to advance effective nurse recruitment and retention programs by promoting:
  • A positive image of nursing
  • Nursing school enrollment
  • Nursing career opportunities for RNs and LPNs
  • Nursing as a viable career option


AFN was formed in 1987 to promote nursing as a profession in the state of Arkansas. Today, nursing school staff and hospital HR recruitment team members value the bi-annual meetings to share information and to discuss initiatives to promote nursing. Educators have the opportunity to discuss enrollment, expected numbers of graduates, work preferences and issues around clinical placements and orientation. Hospitals share information about vacancies, recruitment and retention programs and concerns about students and curriculum. Moreover, all come together to implement initiatives to educate the public, including prospective nursing school applicants, regarding the various educational routes and the opportunities afforded by a nursing career.

AFN is excited about nursing and eager to help YOU learn about educational and career opportunities in our beautiful state. If you are interested in becoming a nurse, please browse our site to learn more. 

​If you are a hospital or educational institution representative, please join us and use our site to promote nursing in Arkansas. Click here for information on our next meeting.

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