May 3, 2017
Hot Springs, Arkansas – National Park College (NPC) nursing instructor Janet Smith
was named to the Arkansas Center for Nursing’s (ACN) 2017 “40 Under 40” list.
ACN honors emerging nurse leaders in the state who are under the age of 40 and have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the nursing profession. The 40 honorees were selected using criteria in four distinctive areas: Commitment to Excellence, Service/Outreach, Leadership Qualities, and Contributions to the Advancement of the Nursing Profession.
Dean of Nursing, Janice Ivers said, “It is truly awesome when the seeds that you plant bloom—Janet Smith is one of those seeds. She graduated from the nursing program in 2008, she continued on the educational pathway achieving her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing. Currently in a doctoral program, she continues on the same trajectory. A few years ago, when we interviewed Janet for her current position, I asked her where she saw herself in the future. She looked up at me and said, ‘Maybe not in five years but possibly in ten years I see myself sitting in your chair as Dean of Nursing.’ I have no doubt that Janet will continue to be a leader in the profession of nursing and I am proud to count her among the positives at National Park College.”
This is the third year for the award. NPC instructor Allison Divine received the award in 2015. ACN will host a celebration in honor of the recipients Friday, June 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ballroom at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock.