Designed for academically talented high school seniors who are strongly considering a career in nursing

Insures admission
to the world-class UAB School of Nursing for:

  • Entering Freshman
  • Successful completion of the required undergraduate prerequisite foundation and core classes
  • A minimum BSN Foundation GPA of 3.2
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for entry into the upper division nursing courses


Qualifications

  • A high school senior with a composite ACT score of 24 or above or a composite SAT score of 1090
  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.2  
  • Admission through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions


Application Process

  • Complete admission process through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Complete the UAB Nursing Scholars Program application
  • One letter of recommendation from a high school administrator, counselor or teacher describing your suitability for a career in nursing
  • Write a one-page essay on your selection of nursing as a career and your future professional goals
  • Official high school transcript
  • UAB must receive the official high school transcript by the posted deadline
  • UAB School of Nursing must receive a completed UAB Nursing Scholars Program application, recommendation, and an essay by the posted deadlines

   
Selection

The composite ACT or SAT score, the applicant's high school academic grade point average (computed on subjects required for undergraduate admission to UAB), and all additional application material will be used in the selection process for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program.

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2008 Awards:

2008 Nu Chapter STTI Research Award, Laura Chamlee, A Collaborative Approach to Assess and Improve the Emotional Well-Being of Orphan Children in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

2008 Undergraduate Framework Grants, Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB

a. Laura Chamlee, A Collaborative Approach to Assess and Improve the Emotional Well-Being of Orphan Children in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

b. Larry Slater, HIV Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Caring for HIV/AIDS Patients and Families Among Nursing Students In Honduras

2008 Student Paper Competition, Health Sciences Section, Alabama Academy of Science, 1st place winner-Larry Slater, 2nd place winner Heather Simechak Mullin

2008 Award winning paper and podium presentation, Roy Adaptation Association, Annual Conference, Boston, MA, September 27, 2008: Blaire W. Jones, Adolescents Recovering from Bone Marrow Transplant: Quality of Life in Four Adaptive Modes.

May 2008 Class Graduation Banner Carrier: Ashleigh Collins
May 2008 Class Outstanding BSN Student: Heather Mullin
2008 Class Dean's Award: Larry Z. Slater

2007 Awards:

2007 Center for Aging Honors Scholarship, Katherine Tilden, Process and Meaning in Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Decision-making

December 2007 Class Outstanding BSN Student: Amy Little
December 2007 Class Florence Nightingale Award: Amy Little

2007 Sigma Theta Tau International New Member Pillar of Leadership Award: Sylvia Waweru. Presented at the 39th Biennial Convention, Baltimore, MD, presented November 6th, 2007.

2006 Awards:

Rebecca Fanguy (1st) and Jeannie Laurance (3rd) won awards in 2006 Alabama Academy of Science annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Student Paper Competition for Health Sciences Section.

Jeannie Laurance 2nd place, Health and Social Sciences, University of Alabama System Honors Research Day, April 14, 2006, Tuscaloosa

Sylvia Waweru, "Perceptions of children in two comparison populations: Self-concept and emotional indicators: Phase II (Kenya)" a recipient of a 2006 UAB Undergraduate Global Health Experience Grant awarded through the UAB Framework Program for Global Health/Sparkman Center for Global Health.

Sasha Ramini, 2005 Honors in Nursing graduate, won the Best Poster Award for the 7th Annual Roy Adaptation Association Conference, held June 15-16, 2006, at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.

2008 Published Articles (* peer-reviewed journals):

*Waweru, S.M., Reynolds, A. & Buckner, E.B. (2008). Perceptions of Children with HIV/AIDS from USA and Kenya: Self-concept and Emotional Indicators. Pediatric Nursing, 34 (2) 117-124.

*Ramini, S. K., Brown, R. & Buckner, E.B. (2008). Embracing Changes: Adaptation by Adolescents with Cancer. Pediatric Nursing, 34 (1) 72-79.

*Gwin, L.A., Jr. (2008). Fragmentation of Health Care in the Lives of Transitional Cerebral Palsy Patients: A Preliminary Case Analysis of the Relationship between Functional Social Support and Self-Care Agency. Self-Care, Dependent-Care & Nursing, 16 (1) 8-13.

 

Abstracts published:

Noland, C. N. and Buckner, E.B. (2008). Domestic Violence Perceptions of Women in Urban and Rural Areas. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 123-124.

Ray, K. (2008). Effects of State-Trait Anxiety on Pain Perception in Children with IV Insertions. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 124.

Slater, L. (2008). Perceptions and experiences of HIV-Positive, African-American women from HIV diagnosis to primary care. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 126.

Jones, B.M. W. and Buckner, E. B. (2008). Quality of Life in Adolescents Post-Bone Marrow Transplant. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 127.

Clark, N. (2008). Sex Education: What is it Good For? Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 127.
Mullin, H. S. and Buckner, E.B. (2008). Sexual History and Follow Up: What Drives Practice? A Comparison of USA and Honduras. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 128.

Tilden, K. B. (2008). Process and Meaning in Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Decision-making. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 79 (2), 129.

 2007 Published Articles (* peer-reviewed journals):

*Andison, M., Moss, J. (2007) What Nurses Do: Use of the ISO Reference Terminology Model for Nursing Action as a Framework for Analyzing MICU Nursing Practice Patterns. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, Chicago.

* McClendon, H. N., & Buckner, E.B. (2007). Distressing Situations in ICU: A Descriptive Study of Nurses' Responses. DCCN: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 26 (5), 199-206.

 

2006 Published Articles (* peer-reviewed journals):
*Reebals, J. F., Brown, R. & Buckner, E.B. (2006). Nurse practice issues regarding sperm banking inadolescent male cancer patients. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 23 (4) 182-188. .

*Hernández, A. R., Padilla, O.N.M., Harrison, L.L. (2006). Perspectivas Sobre la Investigación enEnfermería en Guatemala (Translation in English: Perspectives about Nursing Research in Guatemala).Enfermería Global, 8, May 2006, Link to Journal: http://www.um.es/eglobal  

*Papagni, K. & Buckner, E. (2006). Doula support and attitudes of intrapartum nurses. Journal ofPerinatal Education, 15(1) 11-18. Also chosen for feature by press release and as selected article for free distribution to membership of the Lamaze Childbirth Association for February.

*Godfrey, B., Parten, C. & Buckner, E.B. (2006). Identification of Special Care Needs: The Comparisonof the CICU Patient and Nurse," DCCN: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, Nov/Dec (in press).

*McAllister, S., White-Williams, C., Ross, J.A. & Buckner, E. B. (2006). Medication Adherence Post-HeartTransplant: Adolescents and Their Issues. Progress in Transplantation (in press).

*Sanders, L. & Buckner, E.B. (2006, in press). The Newborn Behavioral Observations System as aNursing intervention to Enhance Engagement in First-Time Mothers: Feasibility and Desirability. Family Matters column in Pediatric Nursing, in press, scheduled for September 2006.

Honors & Scholars Programs

Honors and Scholars Programs

The School of Nursing provides opportunities to engage and challenge those students who wish to pursue a more demanding academic experience, and to identify and reward those students who begin their college career at the university. These programs are taught by faculty members who are known for their excellence in teaching, research, and service.


Nursing Honors Program

Nursing Honors Program


Purpose

Provide research experiences that engage students, faculty, and staff with the community to identify and meet community needs and to enhance academic engagement.


Eligibility

Acceptance into the Nursing Honors Program requires the student to:

  • Earn a 3.40 GPA in BSN Foundation courses
  • Earn a 3.00 GPA UAB and overall
  • Submit the Honors Program Application Form
  • Be selected by Honors Committee from application, transcript evaluation, and interview
*BSN, Second Degree BSN, and RN-BSN Mobility students are all eligible for participation in the Nursing Honors Program.

 
Requirements 

  • Maintenance of a 3.00 GPA (UAB) and a 3.25 GPA in nursing courses through graduation
  • Completion of a minimum of 6 credit hours designated for honors clinical courses/seminars
  • An oral or poster presentation at a designated meeting in the School of Nursing, professional meeting or scientific session

 
Benefits 

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of acknowledgement at the UAB Honors Convocation and will graduate “With Honors in Nursing”.  Students who participate in both the UAB Honors program and the School of Nursing Honors program will graduate “With University Honors in Nursing”.

The UAB Honors in Nursing Program endeavors to offer specific students enrichment opportunities beyond the traditional courses. Comprised of three courses that encompass six credit hours, the program adds three additional credit hours to the standard curriculum. A detailed explanation of the three semester hours of coursework include:

A focus on the introduction to nursing research, research ethics and the fundamentals of research critique.  In addition, research groups are created and assigned to an established/funded research teams (most congruent with the students identified research interest when possible). While students do not actively particpate in the research team until semester three of the program, each student group completes an annotated bibliography specific to the reserach question of their team.

  1. A focus on the introduction to nursing research, research ethics and the fundamentals of research critique.  In addition, research groups are created and assigned to an established/funded research teams (most congruent with the students identified research interest when possible). While students do not actively participate in the research team until semester three of the program, each student group completes an annotated bibliography specific to the research question of their team.

  2. Additional research education that includes research terminology, design, strengths/limitations of select designs, sampling principles, data interpretation, and dissemination.  At the conclusion of semester two, each group builds upon the annotated bibliography to complete a review of the literature paper specific to the primary research question of the team.

  3. Completion of a 90-hour practicum as a member of their assigned research team and engagement in activities across the research spectrum.  Each group develops an abstract and presents a poster at the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo that highlights the specific work completed during the practicum.

For more information and/or admission to the Nursing Honors Program, please contact: 

Shannon Morrison, PhD, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor and Nursing Honor's Program Coordinator
Phone:  205-996-7841
Email:  samorris@uab.edu


We acknowledge the Endowed Fund for Nursing Undergraduate Honors in honor of Kristen Celia and Gerald Leon Wallace, Jr. established by Celia A. Wallace, February 4, 2005


Dean's Nursing Scholar Program



UAB Dean's Nursing Scholar Program

Designed for academically talented high school seniors who are strongly considering a career in nursing

Insures admission
to the world-class UAB School of Nursing for:

  • Entering Freshman
  • Successful completion of the required undergraduate prerequisite foundation and core classes
  • A minimum BSN Foundation GPA of 3.2
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for entry into the upper division nursing courses


Qualifications

  • A high school senior with a composite ACT score of 24 or above or a composite SAT score of 1090
  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.2  
  • Admission through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions


Application Process

    • Complete admission process through the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • UAB must receive the official high school transcript by the posted deadline
    • UAB School of Nursing will confirm qualifications with the university admissions office
    • Qualified applicants will receive an offer of admission and a letter for the Dean's Nursing Scholars program 
    • Note: Students that retake the ACT/SAT or increase their high school grade point average to meet the Dean’s Scholar requirements will receive a letter to become a Dean’s Scholar once the official test scores or grade documents arrive.

 

Selection

The composite ACT or SAT score, the applicant's high school academic grade point average (computed on subjects required for undergraduate admission to UAB), and all additional application materials will be used in the selection process for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program.


3.5 Year Plan



3.5 Year Nursing Plan


- For students applying for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars Program
- For High School students with more than 15 credit hours of AP or Dual Enrollment credit taken in High School

Application to UAB before December 1st for priority consideration, and applications will be accepted through May 1st of a student’s senior year of high school on a space-available basis.


Selection

The composite ACT or SAT score, the applicant's high school academic grade point average (computed on subjects required for undergraduate admission to UAB), number and scores on AP and DE courses and all additional application material will be used in the selection process for the UAB Dean's Nursing Scholars 3.5 Year Program.