Emergency Department APNs
Valerie Chism RN, BSN, APRN, CNP, ACNP-BC joined the UAMS ED staff in 2003 as a staff RN. In 2008 she received her Masters’ Degree from the UAMS College of Nursing. She subsequently accepted an APRN position in the ED and continues to serve in that capacity today. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a guest lecturer at the UAMS College of Nursing. Valerie was recently accepted into the inaugural class of the UAMS College of Nursing Doctorate of Nursing Practice program.
Angela Duncan, MNSc, APRN, CNP, ACNP-BC, CEN joined UAMS-ED staff as a patient care tech in 1989. She then started as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department in 1991 full-time. During this time, she also worked as an as needed basis through-out the hospital in various units including: Orthopedic specialties, neonatal nurseries, labor and delivery, radiology and associate directors of nursing (ADON). In 2001, she returned to obtain her Master’s degree in Nursing and subsequent specialty in Adult Acute Care and transitioned into the Nurse Practitioner role in the Emergency Department. Her roles continue within the Hospital as AHA UAMS training center faculty in ACLS, BLS, and PALS. It is in this capacity, she facilitates the senior medical students training in ACLS (a requirement for graduation). Her interests include International Emergency Medicine, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs, camping and hiking in our beautiful State. Angela has participated in several medical mission trips to Honduras within the last 5 years. She enjoys helping the under-served population there and strongly encourages others to participate.
Dr. Paniagua completed her master degree in nursing from the University of Puerto Rico Summa Cum Laude. She then finished a doctorate degree from University of AR at Little Rock and then received a post-master’s degree in Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from University of AR for Medical Sciences UALR. In addition, she completed a Post-Doctoral Traineeship at the National Health of Institutes (NIH) in Bethesda, MD in Molecular Genetics and another one in Interventional Pain Management in Puerto Rico. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Certified Procedural Coder, Certified Medical Interpreter, Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics-Board Certified and Advanced Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified in Adult Acute Care and Gerontology Adult Acute Care.
She holds a faculty appointment as Instructor at the College of Medicine with secondary appointment with the College of Health Related Professions-Genetics Counseling at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS). In addition, she holds another appointment as Associate Professor at the School of Nursing Medical Science Campus University of Puerto Rico. She is a former Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Specialty Coordinator. In 2013 she received with the UAMS Phenomenal Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics award. Others recognitions included; International Society of Nurse Geneticists Founders Award –Service Contributions to Genetics Nursing; International Society of Nurse Geneticists Founders Award –Service Contributions to Genetics Nursing; 2008 American College of Nurse Practitioners – ACNP Community Service Award; 2007 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties – Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award 2007 American Academy of Nurse among others.
Dr. Paniagua’s main focus has been integrating genomics, cultural diversity and health care disparities into nursing and medical curriculum. She serves as a Commissioner for the Arkansas Health Minority Commission for her second term and to the Arkansas Governor Hispanic Advisory Committee. Dr. Paniagua practices at the UAMS-Emergency Department, the Westside Charity Hispanic Clinic and with Adult Genetics, and private practice. She also conducts clinical/education research. She has developed an online clinical genetics course and cultural diversity modules; collaborated with multiple health care providers; served as consultant for various hospitals, and presented research and other topics at the local, state, national and international level.