Homecoming

Homecoming

Homecoming Week, held each fall, is a weeklong celebration featuring a number of UAB Homecoming traditions that our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends hold dear. Blazer pride is demonstrated in various competitions both internal to the School of Nursing as well as campus wide.

 

 

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Lamp of Learning Ceremony

New students at the UAB School of Nursing are welcomed into their nursing profession at the traditional “Lamp of Learning” ceremony. Students receive a small lamp pin, honoring Florence Nightingale, which becomes a part of their official student uniform to remind them each day of the commitment they have made to the highest ideals of technical excellence and compassionate patient care.

 

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Spring Fling

The Spring Fling offers students, faculty, and alumni an opportunity to showcase their softball skills in an annual softball tournament. Student teams are formed to include their faculty, staff or alumni. The 2014 Spring Fling is scheduled for April 2nd. You do not want to miss the hot dogs and peanuts.

 

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Dinner with the Dean

A new tradition held twice a year, brings our pre-nursing “Dean’s Nurse Scholar” students to the School of Nursing for a dinner with the dean, current nursing students, and faculty. Following dinner and conversation with Dean Harper, the students look forward to a fun-filled evening of Bunco.

 

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Graduation Ceremonies

During graduation week, several events are held to commemorate this milestone for our students. Our bachelors and masters students attend a combined commencement. Our Doctor of Nursing Practice are hooded by the School of Nursing and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing are hooded by the Graduate School. These ceremonies offer the graduating students the opportunity to highlight their accomplishments and group leadership achievements.

 

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Senior Day

With less than 100 days to go, the pre-licensure nursing students celebrate Senior Day.  Classes gather on the steops of the School of Nursing for a group photo followed by individual photos to be used for the traditional class composite.  Information concerning their upcoming course completion and timelines are discussed.

Signature Partnerships

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VA Nursing Academic Partnerships
Learn more about the VA Nursing Academic Partnerships, VA National Quality Scholars Program, Veterans CAN! and many other Veterans-centered programs



Veterans CAN! Program


 

Nurse Residency Program


 

Faculty Practice


 

Clinical and Community Partners


New Faculty 2013


 

Bakitas Marie

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN

Marie O’Koren Endowed Chair and Professor

Dr. Bakitas is the Marie O’Koren Endowed Chair and Professor in the Adult/Acute Health, Chronic Care and Foundations Department. Dr. Bakitas received her DNSc from Yale University. She also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale. Prior to coming to UAB she served as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Section of Palliative Medicine, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and in The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Dr. Bakitas recently received a four-year, $720,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to further her research on palliative care and improve care and quality of life.

Shirey MariaMaria Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs & Partnerships and Professor

Dr. Shirey is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships and Professor in the Community Health, Outcomes and Systems Department. She received her PhD in Nursing Science from Indiana University with a major in Health Systems and Leadership, and her MBA from Tulane University. Prior to coming to UAB, Dr. Shirey was an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing & Health Professions, and has served as a Nursing Leadership Consultant.


Roussel LindaLinda Roussel
, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL
Professor

Dr. Roussel is a Professor in the Community Health, Outcomes and Systems Department. She graduated from UAB with a DSN focusing on Nursing Administration and Community Mental Health and came to UAB from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Roussel is the author of numerous publications on administration and leadership, and is actively engaged in state and national nursing organizations.

Holland AmyAimee Holland, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, NP-C, RD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Holland recently transitioned from an Instructor in the School of Nursing at UAB to an Assistant Professor in the Adult/Acute Health Chronic Care and Foundations Department and is also the Dual Adult Health/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator. She received her DNP from the UAB School of Nursing and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing /Women’s Health from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Holland has a strong focus on HPV and cervical cancer prevention.

Polancich SheaShea Polancich, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Polancich is an Assistant Professor in the Community Health, Outcomes and Systems Department. She completed her PhD in Nursing from Texas Women’s University and MSN from UAB School of Nursing. Prior to joining UAB she was the Director of Patient Safety and Director of Quality at Vanderbilt University. Her focus is on error prevention in patient care.


Sharpe ElizabethElizabeth Sharpe,
DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC, VA-BC
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Sharpe is an Assistant Professor in the Family/Child Health and Caregiving Department. She is a recent DNP graduate from Northeastern University in Boston where she focused on the positioning of Neonatal Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCS) and the risk of associated complications. Dr. Sharpe completed her MSN at Vanderbilt University.  



Somerall DAnnD’Ann Somerall, DNP, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor

Dr. Somerall recently transitioned from an Instructor in the School of Nursing at UAB to an Assistant Professor in the Family/Child Health and Caregiving Department  and is also is the Division Manager of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She completed her DNP from the UAB School of Nursing and obtained her MSN with a concentration as Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the UAB School of Nursing.  She has conducted didactic and clinical courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. 

Bonnie BibbBonnie Bibb, MS, RN

Instructor, Clinical Simulation Lab  

Bonnie is a familiar face to many at the School and will be joining us in a new role upon completion of her master’s degree this month. She will be an Instructor in the Clinical Simulation Lab under the direction of Penni Watts. 

Dionne-OdomNick Dionne-Odom, MS
Instructor

Mr. Dionne-Odom is an Instructor in the Adult/Acute Health Chronic Care and Foundations Department. He is currently working to complete his PhD in Nursing from the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Mr. Dionne-Odom works with Dr. Marie Bakitas on her NRSA grant, Advancing Competency of Geriatric Care in Rural Northern New England.  


Wingo NancyNancy Wingo, MA
Instructor

Ms. Wingo is an Instructor in the Adult/Acute Health, Chronic Care and Foundations Department. She is in the final stages of completing her PhD at UAB. Ms. Wingo received her Master of Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Auburn University. Prior to coming to the School of Nursing, she was a Project Analyst for the Provost at UAB.


New Staff 2013



Lollar JenniferJennifer Lollar, MPA

Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Ms. Lollar is the Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications in the School of Nursing. Prior to joining the School, Ms. Lollar had served a member of the UAB Media Relations staff since 2001, and previously was a newspaper reporter. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UAB, where she was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Her work has been honored by the Alabama Press Association and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Rajesh KoralkarRajesh Koralkar, MPH, MBBS

Data Analyst of Academic Affairs

Rajesh Koralkar is the Data Analyst in the Academic Affairs department in the School of Nursing.  Rajesh is responsible for the design of collection, management, and analyses methods supporting preparation of reports needed across the School of Nursing (SON), at both the school level and across the enterprise. He provides data and analyses to support process and program improvement, accreditation requirements, strategic planning, and other academic or business decisions.

Craig EmilyEmily Craig, BA

Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving

Ms. Craig is the Program Director for Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the School of Nursing.  Ms.Craig was recently promoted from her role as the Program Manager of ODAR to Program Director I. In her new role she is charged with building and strengthening relationships with the School’s alumni and fostering growth in the alumni base via early connections with students in concert with our Student Affairs office. 

 

Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper, BS

Personnel Generalist-Faculty Affairs, Dean’s Office

Tracy comes to the SON from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office.  In her role with the SON she will serve as a Personnel Generalist for Faculty Affairs under the direction of the Director of Operations, Karen Buckner. Prior to joining the SOM, she was a staff member in the UAB Human Resources Employment Department, joining UAB in 2004. The HR experience she brings with her will be an asset to our school.  


Tiffany DefnallTiffany Defnall, BS
Program Administrator II, Graduate Clinical Programs, Academic Affairs  

Tiffany recently accepted a transfer to the department of Academic Affairs as a Program Administrator II.  In her new role she will be supporting Dr. Ashley Hodges, Assistant Dean of Graduate Clinical Programs. Tiffany Defnall previously worked in the department of Adult/Acute Health Chronic Care and Foundations as an Office Associate II in support of the Chair, Dr. Jackie Moss.

John MarkleJohn Markle, BS

Program Manager I, Center for Nursing Research

John has accepted a position with the Center for Nursing Research as the Program Manager I.  He will be working under the direction of the Director of Grants and Contracts, Frank Wiser as he assists in the development and management of budgets for grants across the School of Nursing.

Cheryl BrownCherly Brown, BS
Program Administrator II, Undergraduate and Pre-Licensure Programs, Academic Affairs  

Cheryl recently accepted a promotion in the department of Academic Affairs as a Program Administrator II.  In her new role she will be supporting Dr. Rhonda McLain, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Pre-Licensure Programs. 

Etka CatieCatie Etka, BA

Program Administrator for Marketing and Communications

Ms. Etka is the Program Administrator II with the Strategic Marketing and Communications department in the School of Nursing. Ms. Etka plays an integral part in our marketing team by providing her expertise in the areas of writing and editing along with other facets of marketing communication.

 

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