Harper named to Department of Veterans Affairs’ Special Medical Advisory Group

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Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UAB School of Nursing, has been selected for a two-year appointment on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG). As a member of the Federal Advisory Committee, Harper will be part of a committee that provides advice to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Under Secretary for Health on matters relating to the care and treatment of Veterans and other matters pertinent to the operations of the Veterans Health Administration.


Turner-Henson receives leading SNRS award

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Anne Turner-Henson, DSN, RN, FAAN, professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, received The Leadership in Research Award at the 2014 Sothern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) annual conference. This award, not given every year, is based on the outstanding merit of a member's leadership, contribution to society, and promotion of nursing and health care research.


Student Spotlight: Trading Figure Skates for Scrubs

US Nats 10-Spokane WashingtonMarissa 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.


Heaton receives Outstanding Alumni Award from University of Louisville

Heaton headshotKaren 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. 


Dawson appointed to ANA Workgroup


Martha A. Dawson, DNP, CNS, FACHE, assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and coordinator of the Nursing and Health Systems Administration master's program, has been appointed to the 2013-2014 American Nurse Association Nursing Administration Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup. The workgroup will engage in an intensive 9-12 month effort to review and revise the 2009 Nursing Administration Scope and Standards publication.