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Student nurse's journey inspired by leadership role in college athletics

courtdawgCourtney Marbra, fourth semester University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing BSN student from Jackson, Miss., always thought she wanted to be a professional basketball player.

However, her talent did not come effortlessly. Courtney first picked up a basketball in third grade when her friend asked her to join her basketball team. Courtney claims she was horrible and couldn’t dribble or shoot the ball, yet the coach still saw potential in her. She was determined to follow through and get better at the sport.

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Bakitas named top professor by professional web site

Bakitas for webMarie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN, Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Chair and Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has been named one the 25 Top Nurse Practitioner Program Professors by the professional web site nursepractitionerschools.com

nursepractitionerschools.com says professors who were selected for this distinction are "as dedicated to their teaching responsibilities as they are to their patients."

Bakitas is a certified adult nurse practitioner as well as an advanced certified hospice and palliative care nurse and advanced oncology certified nurse. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field of pain and symptom management and palliative care.

Bakitas earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Bridgeport, her master's in nursing from Boston University and her doctor in nursing science from Yale University.

Sharpe named to NANN Board of Directors

liz sharpeElizabeth Sharpe, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC, VA-BC, Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has been selected to serve on the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Board of Directors as the Director-at-Large. Sharpe will begin her term after the NANN Annual Educational Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 10-13, 2014.

Sharpe is a doctor of nursing practice (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.

Sharpe earned her master's in nursing from Vanderbilt University, her bachelor of science in nursing at Florida Atlantic University, and her bachelor of science in health records administration from Temple University.

The NANN was formed in 1984 with the purpose of addressing the educational and practice needs within the evolving specialty of neonatal nursing, while giving all neonatal nurses national representation.

UAB's Karen Meneses named inaugural FNINR Ambassador

Meneses KarenUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing Professor and Associate Dean for Research Karen Meneses Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, has been named one of 12 inaugural Ambassadors of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR). The FNINR provides resources to support nursing research and advance the mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

The Ambassadors are a group of nursing and health care leaders that possess stellar research, leadership and communication skills. Through the new FNINR Ambassadors Program these individuals will foster political, social and professional awareness of the work of NINR and its research priorities. Their efforts will complement work being done by the FNINR Board and others who champion nurses' value-driven and evidence based contributions to science.

Dr. Karen Drenkard, an FNINR board member and leader in developing the program, said, "We live in an age of science, but also in a time where public knowledge of the research contributions made by nursing and health sciences professionals and the need to fund that research compete for awareness. These exemplary individuals in the first cohort of Ambassadors to NINR will help bridge that gap."

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Susanne Fogger attends SRBIRT conference

Fogger Susanne1On June 12, 2014 Susanne Fogger, DNP, PMHNP-BC, associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing represented the school at the first annual conference of the National Consortium of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SRBIRT) in Nursing. SRBIRT is a public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.

Approximately 30 representatives from 24 universities across the country, along with various consultants from national agencies, convened to discuss the importance of integrating SBIRT into nursing education fundamentals.

Fogger is confident that this training initiative will support increased awareness of alcohol use disorders and give nursing students the tools they need to assess and treat their patients appropriately.

"SBIRT will provide nurses a foundation to understand how they can best guide their patients to optimum health. This training will enable nurses to see the full picture," she said.

UAB is one of eight institutions working as part of the Southeastern Consortium for Substance Abuse Training – Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. As a result, the SBIRT curriculum has been added to existing curriculum and students are trained to conduct brief interventions at clinical sites. The three-year grant, funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was awarded September 1, 2013 for a period of three years.