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School of Nursing Rises in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

School of Nursing Rises in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, in its survey of the Best Graduate Nursing Schools for 2018, has ranked the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing 13th in the nation. This represents a rise in the rankings for the School, which was listed 15th in 2017. Schools of nursing graduate programs are ranked yearly.

This ranking places the School, overall, in the top 5 percent of all schools of nursing and in the top five public schools of nursing in the nation.

Additionally, two of the School's specialties were ranked on reputation -- Nursing Administration is listed 6th and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 18th. The School’s new independent Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program ranked 23rd in the nation.

Read more about the SON ranking.

Leading Sustainable Health Care, Social Change

Leading Sustainable Health Care, Social Change

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students Katie Cassidy, RN, and Meghan Pattison, RN, have been selected by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to its 2017-18 class.

Cassidy, in the School’s Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Specialty Track, and Pattison, in the Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track, join 14 other graduate students in the state from the UAB Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Public Health and the Collat School of Business, as well as Samford University, the University of Montevallo and Tuskegee University, in the second-ever class of Alabama Schweitzer Fellows.

As Schweitzer Fellows, Cassidy and Pattison will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills while following the example set by the famed physician-humanitarian for whom their fellowships are named.

Schweitzer Fellows also develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities. The projects are implemented in collaboration with a community-based health and/or social service organization.

Get an in-depth look at the Fellows.

Alumna Receives Prestigious Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Alumna Receives Prestigious Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Joanne M. Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the prestigious Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in honor of her work to advance interdisciplinary education and collaborative practice.

The award was presented to Disch at the AACN 2017 Spring Meeting, March 17-18, at the Fairmont Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Read more about the award.

School Ranks 23rd Nationally in NIH Research Funding

School Ranks 23rd Nationally in NIH Research Funding

A national and international leader in nursing research, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing jumped 11 spots, and into the Top 25 Schools of Nursing nationally, in rankings published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, which lists by year National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for U.S. nursing schools.

With $2.196 million in NIH research funding for fiscal year 2016, the School ranks 23rd nationally, up from 34th in 2015. The UAB School of Nursing has an overall total of more than $9.7 million in current NIH research grants. Blue Ridge breaks down annually what those grants bring into the School.

UAB School of Nursing Associate Dean for Research Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the past year several of the School’s senior scientists, as well as junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students, have received NIH funding that helped the School make the 11-spot jump.

Check out video about the rankings.

Breaking New Ground: School Kicks Off $32M Expansion

Breaking New Ground: School Kicks Off $32M Expansion

The UAB School of Nursing broke ground on its $32 million, 72,000-plus-square-foot building expansion on Thursday, Oct. 6, with a ceremony on the SON plaza for more than 200 donors, alumni, faculty, staff and students, and representatives of UAB administration.

But in lieu of a traditional groundbreaking – and because the project involves expanding the current facility – key supporters were invited to sign and hammer nails into a commemorative rendering of the new space, which will be displayed when the project is complete.

Find out more about the expansion.