UACCB announces changes in Nursing and Allied Health

BATESVILLE - The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville announces changes in the nursing and allied health division.  Ms. Marietta Candler, RN, MSN, has been named the Interim division chair of the nursing and allied health division. Ms. Candler joined the faculty at UACCB in 1994.  She has been teaching for 20 years. She holds a Master of Science in Family Community Health and has been married for 19 years with two lovely daughters, ages 17 and 15. "Ms. Candler's years of experience in nursing and education, and her familiarity with our programs is a true asset to our nursing and allied health division." said Dr. Brian Shonk, Vice Chancellor of Academics. "In just a few short weeks she has made a tremendous difference to the success of our students, and we look forward to her continued leadership."

Dr. Susan Ball has returned to our teaching staff in Nursing after working at UAMS as an undergraduate psychiatric/mental health nursing instructor. She also taught health assessment and Foundations I and II nursing skills.  In 2010, she moved into a faculty position in the graduate Psychiatric and Mental Health nurse practitioner program at UMAS where she remained until the end of May. She received her PhD in 2012. Her area of interest has always been geriatrics and her dissertation was on single grandfathers raising their grandchildren. She speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on issues facing the older adult population. She is a board member of the state and national Gerontologic Nurses’ Association and the Arkansas Gerontologic Society. Dr. Ball will be our online instructor in Nursing and Allied Health.

Dr. Ball has a small farm where she raises blueberries and blackberries as well as an assortment of other fruits and veggies. She has a dog named Pete, three cats and a horse named Lucky. This time of year will find her picking before work and afterwards until she can't see or do ten thousand other things that are needed around the farm. Her only claim to fame is that she sings old time rock and roll with Jay and the Twilighters. She has two children, Sherri who lives in Toronto, Canada and who works for Oso (a fine dining icon – she served Mick Jagger last summer) and Allen (a writer who lives in Winnipeg) who is helping her pick for the next two weeks.  "I am glad to be back here in this beautiful building on the gorgeous campus." said Dr. Ball. "The facilities in the Nursing and Allied Health building rival anything available in the state."

Kari Lindsey, RN, BSN, MSN, NP-C, the newest instructor in the Nursing and Allied Health division, lives in Calico Rock with her husband of 19 years, Bobby, and her two daughters, Cassie (15) and Jude (11). She worked as a CAN at the Medical Center of Calico Rock while she attended nursing school at ASU Jonesboro, where she graduated with honors 19 years ago.  She has worked the bulk of her career (10 years) at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, AR; eight as a charge nurse before transferring to Endoscopy as a circulating nurse. She worked in the specialty areas of urology, obstetrics and gynecology and GI, as well. She graduated with honors from Chamberlain College of Nursing with a BSN and from University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master of Science in nursing degree. “I was very excited to get in the program at UAB… it is ranked number nine in the nation (sorry, I had to add that!). I am currently certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the AANP. I also have my Associate of Science in Education and am certified as a Legal Nurse Analyst from the University of Georgia.  "I'm very excited to be working with this great staff on such a beautiful campus." said Ms. Lindsey. "This program is marvelous and the educational equipment used for instruction is phenomenal!"