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 (ACH). Angela’s accomplishments include leadership for campus wide error prevention training, implementation of the organization wide Clinical Practice Council, deveopment of a highly successful evidence-based practice mentoring program, and implementation of numerous evidence-based practice changes focused on issues such as pain management and hourly rounds. 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, and Director of Professional Practice. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing.
Angela is active in research focusing on psychosocial outcomes after pediatric heart transplantation and evidence-based practice implementation. 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 Board 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 Heart Association and is active in many other professional organizations including the the Society of Pediatric Nurses and the Southern Nursing Research Society. Further, she serves on the Executive Council and is co-lead of the Leadership Workgroup of the Arkansas Action Coalition as part of the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action.
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.