/////Nursing’s Satkowski Displays Courage, Success
Nursing’s Satkowski Displays Courage, Success 2018-01-05T09:16:50+00:00

July 3, 2006 | On the verge of liver failure, Tricia Satkowski was busy making worst-case plans for her job and daughter about this time a year ago – and winning fans in her field of nursing.

Satkowski, Ed.D., M.B.A., associate dean for administration in the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), received a liver transplant in November 2005 after spending seven months on a waiting list.

Despite her health struggles, Satkowski said she never considered giving up her job, but she made sure the right people were updated on her duties should they have to step in.

“When you’re on the edge of organ failure you don’t know what the next day is going to bring, so I had a good contingency plan,” Satkowski said.

In the midst of her struggles, Satkowski had become the 2006 president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Business Officers of Nursing Schools (BONUS) and chairwoman of the BONUS Steering Committee. Her role required that she oversee the 2006 BONUS National Convention recently held in San Diego. She also hosted the President’s Reception which was co-sponsored by UAMS College of Nursing.
In her leadership roles for the national nurses group, Satkowski presided over a new annual membership record and a higher attendance rate this year than for any of the group’s previous conferences. Philanthropist and self-made billionaire Jon Huntsman, one the Forbes 100 richest people, was keynote speaker at the April 19-21 conference in San Diego. Huntsman was one of the more popular speakers the group has had, and Satkowski credits Deborah Carman, a College of Nursing faculty member for securing him as speaker. Carman served with Huntsman on the American Red Cross Board of Directors.

In addition to coping with her health, Satkowski had to deal with moving the event following Hurricane Katrina. There was disagreement among the group because some felt staying in New Orleans would help the city’s recovery, and the hotel there was unwilling to let the group out of its contract. Satkowski said compromise was reached by agreeing to hold the 2007 conference in New Orleans. 

Her perseverance as president of the nursing association won the respect of UAMS College of Nursing Dean Linda Hodges, Ed.D., R.N.

“For Dr. Satkowski to take on this national event under those circumstances shows her determination,” Hodges said. “But I am not surprised; she has always shown a tremendous commitment to every task she’s undertaken.”
From her office in Washington D.C., Jennifer Ahearn, deputy executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, was aware of Satkowski’s serious illness but said there were no planning glitches as a result.    

“I’ve known her for a long time and she just seems like she can accomplish anything,” Ahearn said. “She sets high standards; she’s clear about her expectations and she’s good at managing all of the pieces and the people who are working on all of the pieces. She’s gone through a lot recently and so it’s really remarkable what she’s accomplished.”