[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Shela Upshaw, chair of the practical nursing program at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett, was recently elected president of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Upshaw was appointed to a three-year term on the board in January 2012 by Governor Mike Beebe. She was elected president by a vote of the 13-member board.

Upshaw has more than 22 years experience in nursing, including cardiac step down, emergency room, medical/surgical, geriatric psychiatric, home health, and critical care. Prior to joining the faculty at the Crossett campus, she worked at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, and Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, La.

“I wanted to be a nurse my whole life, since I was a little girl,” said Upshaw. “I view this appointment as the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Upshaw holds an associate degree in nursing from UAM. As president of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, she will oversee an organization charged with “safeguarding the life and health” of the citizens of Arkansas. Established in 1913 by the Arkansas Legislature, the board develops standards for safe nursing care, approves nursing schools and regulates licenses to practice nursing.

“This is a tremendous honor for Shela and speaks to the quality of our nursing program,” said Linda Rushing, vice chancellor of UAM-CTC. “She has done a wonderful job and we are proud of her accomplishments.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]