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Continuing Education Program at Ashley County Medical Center

Our nurse education program is led by Shawna Hawkins, RN. Throughout the week, she offers free continuing education classes provided by UAMS Center for Distance Health. View UAMS Center for Distance Health classes online at any time. In addition, she tries to schedule classes and hold-in services that are requested by nurses and other staff.

Interested in signing up? Call Shawna Hawkins at 870-364-4111 ext. 563 or email her at for assistance finding a class that covers:

  • CPR
  • ACLS
  • PALS
  • NRP

The CPR & First Aide Classes are offered to the public for a low fee of $25.

Class Schedule:*

  • Tuesday at Noon
  • Friday at Noon

*Schedule is subject to change

Safety Baby Showers

Expecting mothers in Ashley County are welcomed to this baby shower, which is given in collaboration with Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The shower is focused on informing expecting mothers on safety and injury prevention for their coming child. Topics touched on include fire safety, poison precautions, drowning prevention, car seat safety, safe sleep, and much more. It is a free service, so simply call to reserve your spot.

Safe Sitter Program

Safe Sitter is a nationwide organization that teaches safety skills, child care training, and general life skills to help build safer local communities. It begin as a response to equip adolescent sitters with the skills and knowledge needed to provide safe, nurturing care.

In the last 35+ years, Safe Sitter has expanded to more than 850 Registered Safe Sitter Teaching Sites across the country. Safe Sitter has reported that there have been 200 cases documented of Safe Sitter graduated utilizing the skills they were taught to help save lives. ACMC is proud to be a Safe Sitter Teaching Site!

This is a two-day course that takes place on various dates. The program is designed for students in 6th to 8th grade—the cost of the class is $25 per student with a workbook and book included. Students learn child care skills, first aid, rescue skills, good safety habits, CPR, and much more.

UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation-Stroke Program (formerly ARSAVES)

Shawna serves as an ARSAVES co-facilitator. ARSAVES holds a health fair once a month that focuses on active checking of blood pressure and cholesterol. If interested, contact Shawna for more information on how you can help with this program, or participate in continuing education. More information about the program can be found here.

Shawna Hawkins can be reached at 870-364-4111 ext. 563 or by email at

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