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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.

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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. 

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Dawson appointed to ANA Workgroup

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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.

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Heaton receives Outstanding Alumni Award from UK College of Nursing

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Heaton-150-x-210Karen 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.

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UAB School of Nursing faculty honored by NPAA

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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.

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