- Created on February 19, 2014
Student Spotlight: Trading Figure Skates for Scrubs
Marissa Spector never envisioned becoming a nurse.
Her childhood dream, like many, was more romantic than practical—from the time she was two years old she fantasized about becoming a figure skater. She got on the ice not long after she took her first steps. Marissa said one of her most vivid memories is of being four years old and her father holding her up as they skated around the rink together. Her fascination and passion for skating blossomed from there.
Marissa, a second semester BSN student, recalls watching the 1998 Olympics and seeing Tara Lipinski grace the ice in such a “pretty dress.” In that moment, at six years old, Marissa decided she would become an ice skater and be the one to wear those pretty dresses.
Marissa pursued her dream fervently. At age nine Marissa along with her parents made the commitment for her to go as far as she could in skating. When her family moved from Georgia to Alabama in 2002 for her father’s work, her parents began homeschooling her to ensure she had enough time for skating.
- Created on February 14, 2014
Karen Heaton, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, was recently named as one of the top 40 Outstanding Alumni by the University of Louisville School of Nursing. The recipients were chosen from a group of associates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorally prepared alumni from the university and were nominated by their peers. The 40 outstanding alumni from the programs represent the university’s 40 years of commitment to excellence in nursing. The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony on March 7.
This is the second Outstanding Alumni Award that Heaton has received. She was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in 2013.
Heaton earned her bachelor’s degree from UAB, her master’s from the University of Louisville, a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from George Washington University, and her doctorate from the University of Kentucky.
- Created on January 14, 2014
- Created on December 20, 2013
UAB’s Heaton receives 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from UK College of NursingTo read the original UAB News release by Tyler Greer please click here
Karen Heaton, Ph.D., CEN, FNP-BC, assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has received the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Alumni Association at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.
Nominations were submitted by peers in Heaton’s graduating class. Awards were presented at the UK Homecoming Brunch and Fashion Show on Nov. 1.
- Created on December 05, 2013
UAB School of Nursing faculty honored by NPAA
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ten University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursingfaculty were honored by the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA) at the alliance’s convention earlier this fall for their innovation, research, service and advocacy in advanced nursing practice.
Those honored, according to the alliance, are making a difference in the lives of patients and students, and as recognition for delivering and advocating for outstanding patient care.