BATESVILLE — Angela Chapman, MSN, RN, White River Health System Education Department manager, and Stephanie Welch, MSN, BAP, RN, CMSRN, WRHS director of quality, were recently selected as Arkansas Center for Nursing’s top 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40.

They will be presented with the award during a recognition ceremony on Oct. 12 at the Benton Event Center.

This recognition celebrates and encourages exemplary dedication and leadership in the nursing profession. Nominees are selected through a competitive process that evaluates nursing leaders’ commitment to excellence, service, outreach within their community, leadership skills and involvement in advancing the nursing profession. This award has been presented to noteworthy nurses for six years.

Chapman received her LPN and RN certificates from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She completed her master of science in nursing from Capella University. She is currently attending the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Arkansas State University (ASU). Angela has worked in the health care field for 10 years.

“What an amazing honor to receive such a recognition,” Chapman said. “I’m so thankful for those I have had the privilege to work with, learn and grow from. I am humbled to have received this award and hope to always lead with a servant heart.”

Welch received her bachelor of science in psychology from Arizona State University. She received a registered nursing certificate from Baptist Health College. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing from Arkansas Tech University and her masters in science of nursing from Chamberlain University. Welch has worked in the health care field for eight years.

“I am so grateful to be recognized and awarded this honor within the nursing profession that works tirelessly to improve the health of our communities,” Welch said. “I am beyond thankful to my wonderful team of co-workers and leaders at WRHS for supporting and inspiring my growth as a nurse and as a leader.”

“We are proud to have leaders in our organization who are passionate about improving quality of care and helping our staff provide the best care possible to our patients,” said Gary Paxson, president and CEO of White River Health System.