Roberts honored as PCCUA’s outstanding instructor

Sep 13, 2021

 

The opportunity to inspire, engage, and form unique bonds with tomorrow’s nurses is what drives Kelly Roberts to shine as a nurse educator at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA).

Roberts, of Almyra, has been selected Outstanding Faculty member at PCCUA and will be honored as PCCUA’s outstanding instructor by Arkansas Community Colleges in October.

“Getting to continue contributing to the nursing profession by sharing my knowledge and experience with students, helping to guide and direct them in their chosen career path, as well as being able to remain current on new nursing methodologies and technologies both in the classroom and clinical practice settings is what I love most about being a nurse educator,” said Roberts. 

Roberts, who is located on the Stuttgart campus, has been an RN for a little over 17 years having gained knowledge and experience in a variety of nursing settings, including medical-surgical, family practice clinic, pediatrics, and home health. She began her teaching career at PCCUA in the fall of 2010, teaching theory and clinical concepts to both Phillips County and Arkansas County freshman level, first-year students in the Associate Degree Nursing-RN program. She also takes and monitors Arkansas County ADN-RN students to various clinical partnership sites for hands-on learning.  

Additionally, Roberts is a Basic Life Support and HeartSaver certified CPR instructor and occasionally teaches CPR classes through the PCCUA Arkansas County Community Education Department, when needed. 

“Getting to accomplish all of this with a fantastic group of friends and coworkers at PCCUA just puts the cherry on top!” said Roberts. “Yes, I am both grateful and blessed."

She holds an Associate of Arts degree in general education from PCCUA, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a Master of Science degree in nursing/nurse educator from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. 

Roberts is a member of the National League for Nursing, Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Heart Association. Aside from her career, she enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends, cooking and baking, and catching up on favorite TV shows and movies.