Faculty Bios

Faculty Bios

Kristina Shelton

Kristina Shelton

July 18, 2017
tags: nursing faculty bios

My name is Kristina Shelton. I graduated from Henderson State University in 2002 with my BSN. I accepted a position at Arkansas Childrens Hospital, shortly after graduation, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I've always had a passion for pediatric nursing and education. I have lived in Garland County for 32 years and I love the profession of nursing and hope to help grow our future nursing workforce!

Kristina Shelton
Diane Fergadis

Diane Fergadis

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Graduated with her BSN (1977) from Texas Women’s University, Denton , Texas and her MSN(1996) from the University of Central Arkansas, Conway Arkansas. Her specialty is maternal-child nursing and has been on faculty at NPC since 1989.

Diane Fergadis
Megan Lindsey

Megan Lindsey

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Megan Lindsey BSN, RN. I graduated from NPCC in 2006 with my LPN and again in 2009 with my RN degree. I worked on the Rehab and Med-surg floor at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 5 years. I have worked in a hospice setting and home health care for the last 4 years. I went back to school in 2012 to obtain my BSN degree through Arkansas Tech University’s on-line program. Full-time PN Faculty NPC.

Megan Lindsey
Angela McJunkins

Angela McJunkins

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Angela “Angie” McJunkins BSN, RN. I am a graduate of Quapaw Technical Institute, class of 1996. I worked fulltime and pursued my RN degree after graduation with a completion in 2003. I recently complete my BSN in 2015. I have served on nurse governance committees, specifically Nursing Research Committee and Policy and Procedure Committee at ACH. I also served as principal investigator for a grant funded study at ACH involving pain assessment in cognitively impaired children, which was published in 2010 in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. I have presented nationally at the Society of Pediatric Nurses in Atlanta and Denver. I plan to pursue a MSN degree with a focus on nursing education.

Angela McJunkins
Tamara Abernathy

Tamara Abernathy

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Tamara Abernathy BSN, R.N., Practical Nursing Program Director. I started my health care experience as a CNA then went on to RN and then to BSN. I have been in nursing education for 27 years. I currently serve on the Education Committee at the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Tamara Abernathy
Katina Ennis

Katina Ennis

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

As an adult I became a dislocated worker and was given the opportunity to return to school to learn a new trade. I was a wife and the mother of 2 young children, I was the epitome of a nontraditional student! When I started back to college I was not sure what kind of nursing degree that I would be able to obtain because the amount of school paid for was limited, but I knew I wanted to become a RN. I searched and found other programs that would assist me in obtaining my Associate Degree in Nursing. While taking my prerequisites my husband was informed that we were being transferred to Hot Springs in June of 2000, I had just been accepted to another nursing program close to our home. I was fortunate enough to be able to transfer all my credits and start the RN program at Garland County Community College (now National Park College) the following August. I graduated with my Associates Degree in Nursing in May of 2002. During my time as a RN have I worked in the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital, in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and with a local hospice company. From the time I was a small child I knew I wanted to teach, I just never knew what, that was until I found nursing! I completed my Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN) from Walden University in the fall of 2013, I completed my MSN while my kids were in high school, and I did not let it interfere with any of their activities or my family life, I worked on papers on band buses, a cruise ship, and in Disney World on another band trip! I finally made it back “home” and started teaching at National Park College in the Registered Nurse program in the fall of 2014.

Katina Ennis
Allison Divine

Allison Divine

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

I am the Associate Degree Program Director. I graduated from Garland County Community College in 2002 with an Associate of Science in Nursing. I continued my education graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University in 2006 and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2009. I have worked as a critical care nurse in a 16 bed ICU from 2002-2013. I began working for NPCC in 2005 as a nursing tutor. In the fall of 2006, I started working as a clinical adjunct. In fall of 2008, I was hired as a full-time nursing faculty member for the AD Nursing program. In 2014, I was appointed AD Nursing Program Director. I have also served as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) since 2012 and in 2015 I was named one of the “40 Under 40 Nurse Leaders” by the Arkansas Action Coalition. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education from Walden University.

Allison Divine
Kathy McCon

Kathy McCon

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Graduated AD nursing program in 1981 at Garland County Community College. Completed BSN from Arkansas Tech University in 2008; completed MSN from Walden University in 2012. Worked at St. Joseph hospital as a RN from 1981 – 2012. Experience includes medical-surgical, critical care, Out Patient and charge nurse for the Gastroenterology lab for approximately 23 years. Began working for NPCC in the fall of 2008 for the Practical Nursing program and transferred to ADN program in the fall of 2012.

Kathy McCon
Janice Ivers

Janice Ivers

April 20, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

I am the Division Chair of Nursing at National Park College—I graduated a long time ago—let’s just say I have been a nurse for over 32 years and counting! I received my Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and my Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Central Arkansas. I love nursing! Nursing is a blend of science and technology with the art of caring and compassion. There are so many different things you can do as a nurse—the list is really endless! Nursing is an honorable profession and is a career filled with endless personal and professional rewards. If you choose nursing, you are choosing to spend your life helping others, using skills that blend scientific knowledge with compassion and caring. Come visit with me if you are interested in pursuing a career in nursing!

Janice Ivers
Ashley Simmons

Ashley Simmons

April 11, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Ashley Simmons, RN, started her health care career as a CNA while going to National Park College. She graduated from National Park College in 2007 with her LPN and again in 2009 with an Associate of Science in Nursing. Her nursing experience includes medical-surgical nursing, hospice, home health and outpatient nursing. Ashley is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing through Arkansas Tech University. In the Fall of 2016, she joined the NPC nursing faculty in the PN Program.

Ashley Simmons
Nicole Reynolds

Nicole Reynolds

April 11, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Graduated from Henderson State University in 2002 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She continued her education and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2013. Nursing experience includes med-surg, emergency room, out- patient, float pool nursing, cardiac, and skilled nursing. She was also a flight nurse for 3 years. In October 2008, she started at NPCC as the CNA Program Director. In fall of 2011, she filled in as the Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator for the AD Nursing program at NPCC. Fall of 2012, she was hired as a full-time nursing faculty member for the AD Nursing Program.

Nicole Reynolds
Pamela Branch

Pamela Branch

April 11, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Arkansas at age of 6. Graduated from Garland County Community College (now National Park College) with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1986. Obtained Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University in 2006 and Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2010.

Pamela Branch
Janna Lock

Janna Lock

April 11, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Janna Lock, MSN, RN, CNE: I graduated with my first nursing degree in 1994 from National Park College, then known as Garland County Community College. In 2005, I graduated from Arkansas Tech University with my Bachelors and then in 2010 with my Master’s degree. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Education degree at Walden University. I have a varied work background, which includes hospital, community health center, prison medical unit and the Arkansas Department of Health home health. Presently I am the Nursing Lab Coordinator as well as the Simulation Coordinator at NPC.

Janna Lock
Janet Smith

Janet Smith

April 11, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Janet Smith graduated from National Park Community College in 2008. She has worked in the acute care and intensive care settings. She has also worked as House Supervisor and in the home hospice environment. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Arkansas Tech University in 2011. She started as adjunct clinical instructor for National Park Community College in Spring 2012, and became a fulltime faculty member Fall of 2012. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in December 2014. She currently continues to work in the intensive care setting and is working on her Doctorate of Education. Middle Content 1 Right Content

Janet Smith
Ashley York

Ashley York

April 11, 2016
tags: nursing faculty bios

Ashley York graduated from Henderson State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. She has experience in maternal-child nursing, as well as women’s health and medical-surgical nursing. In the Fall of 2014, she joined the NPC faculty in the AD nursing program. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing Education at Capella University.

Ashley York
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