Beverly Caraway, PMHNP, APRN has 25 years experience in the field of nursing; 18 of those years have been in the field of psychiatry. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2005. Beverly is active in furthering the education of others in the field of psychiatry by serving as a clinical preceptor for psychiatric nurse practitioner and physician assistant students. In addition, she assisted in the development and implementation of the telepsychiatry with Health Resources of Arkansas. She was voted 2011 Mental Health Practitioner of the Year by her peers at Health Resources of Arkansas.
I am a baccalaureate prepared RN with 10 years of psychiatric experience including psychiatric technician, staff nurse, utilization review, nurse manager, and clinical nurse educator. I will complete the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at UAMS in May 2014. As a nurse leader, I believe best outcomes happen through patient and nurse advocacy, empowerment, education, collaboration, and shared governance. Organized communication is the key to success of any organization beginning with its leadership. I hope to serve on the Board of Directors and bring an innovative, empowered spirit to a professional specialty that I respect and love.
I am a FMHNP student at UAMS and I feel like I have a lot to add to the AR chapter of the APNA. I would love to build our chapter and recruit members from all over the state. With membership participation we can make a huge difference in the mental health care delivery in the state of AR but it takes involvement and initiative. I honestly think that with effort we can grow this chapter in to a successful organization. Mental health is truly my passion.
When I began my nursing career, I was placed on the psychiatric floor and developed a passion for the mental health field. It is my first love in nursing. I am a firm believer in participating and supporting any organizations that promotes professionalism, education and personal growth in the mental health. As a nursing student I served two terms on the Arkansas State Student Nursing Association. I am familiar with improving membership, organization of large events, and published the state news letter. I am seasoned in all aspects of board participation. I have been a student, floor nurse, a teacher, a marketer and currently was in on the start up of a 10 bed geri psyh unit in a local hospital and now the acting program director. I would be honored to be part of the development and growth of the new Arkansas chapter. I look forward to the challenges, rewards and meeting new people that share the love of improving mental health awareness and education.
Been in practice for 40 years. Worked in community mental health with persons with serious and persistent mental illness. Initiated the first adolescent inpatient treatment program in state. Lead a psychosocial rehabilitation program, initiated and lead the local alcohol/drug detoxification program. Community based family treatment for drug/alcohol treatment. Currently at Counseling Clinic, Benton and private practice, Little Rock