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Alabama’s Health Science Teachers Visit the UAB School of Nursing

More than 1,300 Alabama career and technical education (CTE) teachers, administrators and counselors from different school systems across the state traveled to the Birmingham-Jefferson County Civic Center in July to attend the 2011 Alabama Career and Technical Education Professional Development Conference. CTE is a national program that prepares students for college and a variety of career fields, including Health Science. The conference provided educators with more than 60 different workshops and awards programs.

The UAB School of Nursing worked with Mrs. Collie Wells, M.Ed., Education Administrator for Career and Technical Education with the Alabama Department of Education, to plan sessions for the 52 Health Science Teachers who attended, most of whom are registered nurses.  The UAB Hospital provided Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits for the nurses in attendance. The teachers learned about integrating HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) into Health Science curricula, addressing health disparities in adolescent youth, and developing a health professions pipeline for Alabama, among other things. In addition, the teachers visited UAB School of Nursing and the Learning Resources Center for a tour and reception. Mr. Peter Tofani, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in Nursing, spoke with the group about “Predictors of Success for Careers in the Health Professions” and Ms. Penni Watts, Director of the LRC, and her staff arranged five breakout sessions for the teachers to work with different patient simulators.

“A huge thanks to Collie Wells for planning an outstanding conference and to the folks in the School of Nursing who worked hard to make the visit to UAB a success,” said Dr. Cindy Selleck, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs & Partnerships. “We look forward to a continued partnership with the state’s Health Science Teachers as we know they are a key component in creating the pipeline of nurses and other health professionals for our state.”

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