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  • Pamela Helms, MN, RN, FNP-BC


    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Director of Clinical Services, UNACARE



    • Phone: (601) 984-6231
    • Fax: (601) 984-6206
    • E-mail: phelms@umc.edu
    • Office: Jackson campus


    Pamela Helms has been on faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center since 1974. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a family nurse practitioner. Clinical areas of expertise include advanced practice, primary-care family nursing and psychiatric mental health nursing. She is the director of clinical services at UNACARE Health Center, one of the school’s faculty practice clinics.

    She was active in the development of UNACARE Health Center and has practiced there since the clinic opened in 1998. She became clinical director in 2004 and has been instrumental in incorporating primary-care, community based learning at UNACARE for students at all levels. She is program director of the Affordable Care Act: Nurse Managed Health Clinics grant funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (2010).

    Honors include the 2006 Sigma Theta Tau Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice, the 2010 Nightingale Award for Clinical Practice Nurse of the Year, two professor of the year awards and eight teacher of the year awards.

    Publications and presentations are primarily related to primary care of underserved populations, health literacy and mental health care in the primary-care setting.