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Melanie Baucom, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC

Melanie Baucom is Director of Clinical Operations at the Bessemer Neighborhood Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center as designated by the Health Resources and Service Administration, and a collaborative partnership among the School, Cooper Green Mercy Health Services and Aletheia House, focusing on providing health care to the underserved. She leads UAB School of Nursing-affiliated nurse practitioners at the Center who provide a full range of services including blood pressure management, diabetes management and treatment of acute illnesses. She precepts three of the School’s Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track students at the clinic. Baucom earned her BSN from the UAB School of Nursing in 2006 and began her nursing career in the Emergency Department at UAB Hospital. She earned her MSN from the School in 2011 and has worked since 2014 serving the health care needs of the Bessemer, Alabama community first in the School’s clinic at The Foundry Rescue and Recovery Mission and now in the Bessemer Neighborhood Health Center. She is a student in the School’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and her project has been developed around the clinic, ‘Developing a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program for Federally Qualified Health Center.’ She is on track to graduate in 2019.

What is your interest in providing health care to underserved populations?
“There is an extra layer of challenges associated with caring for this population. One has to be prudent in decision-making, and cognizant of potential social factors that may impact care.”

What do you like about precepting?
“I love to watch the students grow and develop their own style and practice. Even though many may not end up caring for underserved populations like those we see at our clinic, I get positive feedback about their experiences and the impact made.”

Best precepting story?
“I had a student who had no experience with homeless or significantly underserved patients. After a few weeks of working with the patients and having discussions about unique challenges that they face, I was able to witness her open up and gain a level of comfort with the patients, which allowed her to provide better care.”

Pearl of wisdom for students:
“Listen to your patients with an open mind, learn how to ask questions in different ways, as you will often get additional information.”


Leadership Positions

Student Leadership Positions

The School of Nursing has leadership positions for students enabling them to participate in the operations and decisions made through the school’s committee process.  The students serve on these committees for a one-year term that begins during the fall. Nominees must have at least two semesters remaining in the nursing program to be eligible.

Students serving on School of Nursing Committees 2016-2017:

Faculty Practice:  MSN - Caleb Gray  |   Doctoral - Debby Bowers

Curriculum: BSN - Sameera Rajpari |  MSN -Ashlee Bennett

Support and Recognition: NGSA - Billy Alexander  |  SNA -Julia Solomon

Evaluation: BSN -Eric Nguyen  |  MSN - Heather Hyde  | Doctoral - Jennifer Bail



Student Nurses Association (SNA) 

The UAB Student Nurses Association (SNA) promotes and upholds high professional standards, aids in the professional growth and development of students, promotes professional and social unity among nursing student Membership in the UAB-SNA is open to students in the School of Nursing at UAB. Membership in the UAB organization also provides for membership in the Alabama Association of Nursing Students, as well as the National Student Nurses Association.



Nursing Graduate Student Association (NGSA) 

The NGSA serves the graduate nursing students at UAB by helping to help promote academic and professional success while fostering a sense of community among the student body.  All students who are actively enrolled in a graduate program of study in the School of Nursing automatically enrolled as members of the NGSA. National or state affiliations? Not at this time, they are just getting started.



Sigma – Nu Chapter

As a knowledge and leadership organization, the honor society of nursing -- Sigma Theta Tau International --  responds to health- and nursing-profession trends and issues that are germane to its mission. The UAB chapter (Nu Chapter) was chartered in 1958, the 12th chapter to be chartered by STTI.


Honors Program

Honors Program 

F. A. Q. The Nursing Honors Program is for undergraduate students and provides service-learning experiences that engage students, faculty, and staff with the community to identify and meet community needs and to enhance academic and civic learning.