Michael Howard headshot.Michael Howard, DNP, RN, NE-BC, serves as chief nursing officer (CNO) for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of nursing/patient care services at ACNW.

Howard came to ACNW from the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, where he served as the director of pediatric emergency services. For more than nine years he led the emergency services team and facilities, which includes two emergency departments, an urgent care center, a center for abused children and a staff of 120 personnel.

Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Waynesburg College in 1996. He went on to complete a master’s degree in management, a master’s degree in health administration and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.