Name: Lori Langner
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): BSN 2009
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Current town: Birmingham, AL
Current employer: Children's Hospital
What is your favorite UAB memory? Our Nursing Pinning Event
How has UAB impacted your life? It has given me the opportunity to enter a profession that is very diverse with multiple opportunities to help others.
What made you choose your current profession? Working around nurses for many years at the American Cancer Society made me want follow in their footsteps.
What lessons has your professional life taught you? Never make assumptions!
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? Spend it with my friends and family.
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? I would have to say the advancements in technology, they have allowed up to save time and be more efficient.
If you could have three wishes, what would they be? A way to provide adequate food for the world’s population. Non-corrupt leadership worldwide. Effective pain control for all who need it.
If you could go back to any age…which age and why? 16, you can drive but every day is fun.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? To be able to sing.
What trait(s) do you most value in your friends? Compassion, dependability, humor, and morality.
What is your motto? The golden rule.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don't do anything you would not be proud of.
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? To provide vaccinations for children worldwide at no cost.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Australia, I have never been there.
What is something you are proud of and why? My co-workers in the PICU at Children's Hospital who day in and day out provide quality healthcare to critically ill children.
What is the last book you read? Dan Brown's Inferno
Name: Jessica Patterson
Graduation Year: 2014
Hometown: Albertville, AL
Why did you choose to attend UAB? I chose UAB because it has one of the best nursing schools in the country, and I wanted to be a part of it.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? Dr. Peterson, my anatomy professor, because she truly cares about her students and pushed me to be the best student I could be.
What is your favorite UAB memory? The day I got my acceptance letter into the nursing school! I was walking to microbiology when my roommate called me and told me I had a letter from the nursing school and I had been accepted. I was so excited!
What is your current state of mind? I am excited about graduating and becoming a nurse!
What do you do for fun? I like to play the piano, sing, and spend time with family and friends.
Who are your heroes in real life? My mom and Dad, they support me and love me unconditionally. My mom is my best friend; she is the most caring person I know, and she has encouraged me to follow my dreams.
If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? I would read more. I love to read, but I never have time to read anything but my nursing books.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The power to heal the sick; in nursing school, I have met so many wonderful people who are terminally ill, and I wish there was something I could do for them.
What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? The Internet, it has connected people across the world and made information readily available to people who would not have it otherwise.
What are your future goals? I want to work in UAB’s Neonatal ICU and then become a neonatal nurse practitioner.
What would be your ultimate dream job? My dream job would be to work as a neonatal nurse practitioner in a clinic in Spain. I have a minor in Spanish and I would love to use it at some point.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional with whom would it be? I would trade places with Carrie Underwood because I love to sing and perform, and it would be neat to have that opportunity.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? My theme song would be Brave by Sara Bareilles.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world what would it be and why? I would make sure everyone has clean drinking water. I drink a lot of water and I can’t imagine not having access to clean water. Having clean drinking water would decrease the incidence of many diseases, too.
What’s the best advice you ever received? Dean Harper told my nursing class, on the first day of school, to take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity we had and learn everything we could because you only get to go through nursing school one time.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be? The life of a Nursing Student: The story of Jessica Patterson