This award has been established to recognize young nurse leaders who have received a degree from the UAB School of Nursing within the last 10 years and have demonstrated significant accomplishment and leadership in the field of nursing. The inaugural recipient must:
  • Be a graduate of the UAB School of Nursing within the last 10 years
  • Be actively employed at the time of nomination
  • Execute quality clinical care in the workplace
  • Serve as a leader and example to other new nurses.


    Process: To nominate a special nurse for this award, please submit all of the following information by Tuesday, July 31 to

    • Nomination form
    • Nominee’s updated curriculum vitae or resume
    • Three letters of support addressing why the nominee is deserving of this award. Specific examples and stories are appreciated and encouraged
    • 4x6 photograph of the nominee.

    Who Should Nominate:
    Nominations are welcome from anyone who has been inspired or touched by one of our alumni—a fellow nurse, grateful patient, family member, peer, student, or physician.
    Recipients and all nominees will be honored and recognized at the UAB School of Nursing Alumni Night and Awards Dinner on Friday, October 19th, as part of the School’s Alumni Weekend. Recipients will also be featured in an upcoming UAB Nursing magazine and other school media.

    Questions? Contact Laura Hornsby Lesley, Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund at (205) 975-9419 or

    2012 Young Alumni Merit Award Winners
    Matthew Banks, MSN ('11), BSN ('09), RN
    Executive Director of Nursing/Operations, Shelby Baptist Medical Center


    Sharon Engle, BSN ('11), RN, BS, CCRN
    Nurse Manager, St. Vincent's East CICU and Cardiac Step-down Unit


    Sarah Beth Slappey, BSN ('08), RN
    Hematology/Oncology Staff RN, UAB Hospital
    Volunteer RN, M-Power Ministries