Faces of Change

rc201342-D 90 webLeadership and pioneering became a way of life for Juanzetta S. Flowers, DSN, RN, an inductee into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame and the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.
One of Alabama’s first nurse practitioners, Flowers is a member of the UAB School of Nursing Board of Visitors (BOV), which currently is raising funds to endow a doctoral level scholarship.
The BOV – a community-board vision of Dean Emeritus Rachel Z. Booth – is closely linked to Flowers, whom Booth enlisted to help make the BOV a reality. Flowers also worked with Booth in setting up the nursing school’s Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on International Nursing. Ultimately earning three degrees from UAB’s nursing school plus a UAB counseling degree, Flowers was a nurse practitioner at UAB’s medical school and then an innovative faculty member at UAB’s nursing school. Her first UAB position was as the nurse who helped organize the first private outpatient clinic staffed by UAB physicians – the forerunner of The Kirklin Clinic.

Nancy-Watts-profile-resized-for-webAs a new member attending her first BOV meeting earlier this year, Nancy Watts learned the upcoming Applause 2012 fundraiser needed a leading presenting sponsor. Nancy wanted to help: "I went home and said to my husband, 'Ray, nursing needs the support of medicine for this fundraiser.' "Nancy's husband is Dr. Ray L. Watts, renowned neurologist who is now President of UAB.

"Ray didn't hesitate," said Nancy. He took the lead in soliciting and putting together Applause's $25,000 presenting sponsorship – combining donations from himself and Nancy, UAB Medicine, UAB Hospital, UAB Health System, VIVA Health, and UAHSF (the foundation representing group physician practice at The Kirklin Clinic at UAB/ The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road).
Burns-for-webDr. Bruce E. Burns is a physician – an internal medicine specialist working in the emergency room at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. His wife, Eileen S. Meyer, is a nurse practitioner working in UAB cardiothoracic/vascular surgery.

This husband and wife have a deep and mutual appreciation of one another's contributions to health care. Thus, when Eileen's 40th birthday was coming up last year, Bruce decided to create a surprise gift for her to honor her service as a nurse. He endowed a scholarship in her name at the UAB School of Nursing, where she earned her master's degree and received her nurse practitioner education.

"Was I surprised? Oh yes!" said Eileen, explaining she was both surprised and delighted: "This is such a wonderful thing that Bruce did. Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that he was setting up something like this."