Vice President of Performance Improvement
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, AR
Angela is the Vice President of Performance Improvement at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. An expert in program development, she has implemented highly successful programs to engage clinical staff in evidence-based practice change and process improvement. Further, she is engaged in local and national efforts to eliminate preventable harm in children's healthcare. Angela brings to her current role extensive experience in practice and academic settings including serving as staff nurse, nurse practitioner, academic faculty, Director of Nursing Research, Director of Professional Practice, and interim Chief Nursing Officer. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing.
Angela's research focuses on patient safety and evidence-based practice implementation. In 2014, she was appointed to an External Advisory Panel for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute funded Pediatric Heart Network. She received the Society of Pediatric Nurses Excellence in Nursing Research Award in 2012 and an online version of her team’s evidence-based practice mentoring program received the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Staff Development that same year. To further contribute to the evidence-base for practice, she serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing and Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, and serves as reviewer for numerous other journals. Angela is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, an elected fellow in the American Heart Association, and is active in many other professional organizations including the the Society of Pediatric Nurses and the Southern Nursing Research Society.
Angela earned her B.S.N. from Auburn University and received the School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. She earned her M.S.N. from the University of South Alabama and her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Research in 2013.