Welcome to Arkansas State University!

AASN Site Coordinator-West Memphis Campus

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Education

  • East Arkansas Community College;1980, ADN
  • University of Memphis; 1991, BSN
  • Arkansas State University; 1992, MSN
  • Arkansas State University; 2009, EdD Educational Leadership

Professional Credentials

  • EdD, MSN, RN, CNE

Teaching Specialties

  • Medical Surgical Nursing

Research Interests

  • Remediation and NCLEX-RN Success

Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Arkansas Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Biography

My name is Dr. Patricia "Gale" Allen.  I am very excited to a faculty member for the School of Nursing at Arkansas State University.  I have been a nurse for 38 years and a nursing instructor for 27 of those years.  I completed my associate degree at East Arkansas Community College, my baccalaureate degree at the University of Memphis, and my master's and doctoral degrees at Arkansas State University.  I have a passion for teaching nursing students and providing them with encouragement and guidance.

I began my nursing career as a surgical nurse. I was head nurse of a day surgery unit and worked for two individual surgeons as their office nurse and surgical assistant.  Later, I was employed as a school nurse. In 1991, I entered the wold of nursing education. My teaching career was initiated at Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis, Tennessee.  Then, I worked as an instructor and Program Coordinator for Allied Health at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Arkansas.  I also taught at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Memphis, Tennessee until its closing as the last diploma program in the state of Tennessee. That experience was followed by one year of faculty service at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

My husband and I live in West Memphis, Arkansas. We have two daughters. Our older daughter lives in West Memphis. She works at FedExpress.  Our younger daughter and husband live in Conway, Arkansas where she is an assistant principal for grades K-4. They have three boys, 6 years old, 5 years old and one year old.  I travel to Conway often to keep these sweet boys.  They are such a great light in our lives.  I also help my Mom as much as possible.  I lost my Dad five years ago so we try to spend a good amount of time with her.  My husband and I enjoy playing golf together.