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Ozarka College hosted Student Nursing Conference

Published on April 13, 2017

On March 16 and 17, 2017, Ozarka College hosted the sixth annual student nursing conference in Melbourne, Arkansas. Approximately 120 students from Ozarka's Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, and Mountain View LPN programs were in attendance.

Tara Pankey from White River Medical Center's (WRMC) Vascular Access, and Shari Moser from Arkansas Hospice were guest speakers. Pankey spoke about the various types of vascular access devices that their team at WRMC manages, and the different aspects of nursing care of those various lines. Moser shared what hospice is, how it helps patients and their families, and explained the nurse's role in hospice care.

Ozarka College LPN students did team building exercises and competed in various nursing competitions that tested their skills acquired as a nursing student. Winners of the competitions are as follows:

Anatomy & Physiology:

  1. Brittany Hudson
  2. Kassie Smith
  3. Dillon Lawrence

Medical Terminology:

  1. Terri Childs
  2. Carol Rynders
  3. Amber Merriam


  1. Rebekah Perez and Tamara Wilson
  2. Jamy Kingrey

Math for Nurses:

  1. Jonathan Dunnam
  2. Savannah Rychtarik
  3. Erin Henry

Two-Person CPR:

  1. Michael Bell and Annette Foerster
  2. Dakota Friend and Aundria Webb
  3. Rachelle Cameron and Haley Amico

Clinical Skills:

  1. April McDaniel
  2. Miranda Sloan
  3. Kimberly Lavelle

Job Interview

  1. Jessica Wilson
  2. Haley Everett
  3. Paige Grimes

Spelling Bee:

  1. Christie Whitson
  2. James McCloskey
  3. Kimiko Dixon

Quiz Bowl:

  1. Brittney Yancy, Natasha Bagwell, James McCloskey, and Karlie Wacholtz
  2. Emily Mathes, Jonathan Dunnam, McKenzie Zeiger, and Dillon Lawrence
  3. Michael Bell, Laura Beth Miller, Brenda Mitchell, and Kayla Cullum

For more information about the Ozarka College nursing program, please call 870.368.2024 or email:

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