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Three New Members Appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing

December 1, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently appointed three new members to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.  The new members are:

Melanie Garner, of Fort Smith, is a licensed practical nurse and graduated from Westark Community College. Garner has worked in women’s health and public health and is a Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a lifelong resident of Sebastian County and is married with a son, daughter-in-law and foster grandson who will soon be adopted. Garner wants to serve on the Board to serve her state and profession and to ensure that all respondents have a fair hearing. Her hobbies include exercising, reading and Beth Moore Bible studies. Garner replaces Tammy Mitchell on the Board.

Stacie Hipp, of White Hall, fills the position for one of the registered nurses on the Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and graduated December 2016 with a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Hipp is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society-Kappa Rho at Large, International Association of Forensic Nurses, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (student status), and Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association (student status). She is a trauma registrar at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff and a sexual assault nurse examiner at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Pine Bluff. Hipp said, “I want to serve on the Board because I want to be part of a team of different disciplines that all have one goal in mind, which is to protect the public by ensuring safe nursing practice as well as ensuring nurses have proper education, as well as continuing education, to provide safe care to the public.” She is married with three children and one grandson and loves to spend time with family and enjoys forensics. Hipp replaces Sandra Priebe on the Board.

Janice Denton Ivers, of Jessieville, is the Dean of Nursing at National Park College in Hot Springs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1983 from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Ivers has served in various capacities of nursing education since 2001 and is a Certified Nurse Educator. Previously, she practiced in various patient settings in Arkansas and Colorado, with the majority of her experience in oncology. Ivers states, “I became a nurse because as a nurse, I have the unique opportunity to help people during some of the most vulnerable moments of their lives. I love serving others and, hopefully, being able to have an impact on their lives. To top it off, I get to enjoy one of the most exciting and fast-paced professions.” She wants to serve on the Board to protect the public, administer accountability and direction to the current workforce and refine the future workforce. Ivers is married and has three grown sons. She is one of the registered nurse representatives on the Board and replaces Cathleen Schultz.

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