Jessica Mathisen Named to Arkansas Center for Nursing’s ‘40 Nurse Leaders Under 40’ List
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Baptist Health College Little Rock (BHCLR) nursing faculty Jessica Mathisen, RN, MSN, CNE, was named to the Arkansas Center for Nursing’s 2023 “40 Nurse Leaders Under 40” list.
The Arkansas Center for Nursing’s mission is to promote a culture of health for the citizens of Arkansas by advancing nursing education, practice, leadership and workforce development.
The 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 list is intended to identify, celebrate and encourage exemplary dedication and leadership in the nursing profession. Recipients were selected through a highly competitive nomination process which focused on their commitment to excellence, service and outreach within their community, leadership qualities and contributions to the advancement of the nursing profession.
Mathisen was honored at a ceremony hosted by the Arkansas Center for Nursing on Oct.16.
“I am very honored to be nominated for this award and I never expected to actually receive it, I feel blessed,” Mathisen said. “I have always worked alongside a strong team of people who have mentored and lifted me up throughout my career as a nurse and educator. Without them I would not be the nurse or educator that I am today.”
Mathisen has been in her current teaching position with BHCLR for six months, but has been with Baptist Health for three years. In addition to teaching nursing education classes for incoming freshmen, she also conducts simulated theory immersions as part of their clinical experiences. Mathisen earned her undergraduate degrees in nursing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Western Governors University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice In Educational Leadership from American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Post University.
“Jessica is an asset to the BHCLR nursing faculty. She is energetic, an advocate for students, is willing to help others and deeply knowledgeable about simulation and guiding students through it,” said Laura Hamilton, MNSc, RN and dean of nursing. “She has been a great addition to our nursing program and her teaching experience is invaluable.”
About Baptist Health College Little Rock
Since 1921, Baptist Health College Little Rock has shaped the health of Arkansans by educating and mentoring healthcare professionals with excellence and Christian compassion. With nine programs of study, including two nursing programs and seven allied health programs, graduates demonstrate entry-level competency in their fields, exemplify professionalism and personify the Baptist Health values. For more information about Baptist Health College Little Rock, visit bhclr.edu.
About Baptist Health
For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit Baptist-Health.com, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app.