Diversity Monthly Highlight:
Mark Rowe, RNP, MNSc
We may not know what a
"Vascular Access Device" is but if we needed one, we'd
be very happy to see Nurse Mark Rowe coming our way.
Mark answers the call for these VADs all over UAMS
hospital. The purpose of the ports VADs are to allow
frequent access to a person's veins without having to
stick them with intravenous (IV) needles, and so are
very important to patients who need them!
An Arkansas Air Force native who calls Arkansas home,
Mark started working at UAMS while still in the nursing
school over 30 years ago. He must keep young by running
all over the hospital because he certainly doesn't look
old enough to have worked here that long! Or maybe it is
that he loves his job so much. Rowe states, "I'm doing
all of what I like - patient care, patient and student
education and product evaluation."
For fun, Mark and his partner of 11 years love to cook
and eat, which he partly attributes to his large Italian
family way of life. Despite their two sweet beagle
rescue dogs at home, they love travel adventures.
A quick weekend drive
into the Ozarks, an exotic vacation in Rome or a trip to
Boston - they love it all! "I get a sense of the place,
wherever I am, by first looking at the foods and stores
there." Since his father was in the Air Force, his
family always traveled a great deal so he began to love
it at an early age.
Despite his busy schedule, Mark still finds time to
serve on the UAMS House of Delegates. In walking through
the campus, it is obvious that he is well-known and
well-liked, as the majority of people encountered greet
him happily. Mark contributes to the positive view of
diversity on campus just by being himself. Knowing Mark
as a caring professional who is a vital part of the
smooth operations of the UAMS Hospital, many individuals
have learned the importance of our gay employees and
discovered the many things they hold in common. Nurse
Mark Rowe has seen many changes over the years at UAMS.
His favorite, "The stereotype negative view of this
hospital has reversed, instead of being the last resort,
it has become the first referral." Thanks in large part,
to employees like Mark Rowe!