Fuller recieves 2014 AANA Student Excellence Award

Elizabeth Fuller SRNAElizabeth Fuller, RN, BSN, a graduate student in the nurse anesthesia program in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing, has received the 2014 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Student Excellence Award. Laura Wright, CRNA, PhD, MNA, Associate Professor in the UAB School of Nursing nominated Fuller for her exceptional leadership, scholarship and service.

Fuller serves as a student representative of the Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ALANA), is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class, and is actively involved in the community.

ALANA president Jennifer Overton stated, "Elizabeth seems to have realized very early in her anesthesia career that leadership happens by example, that with great effort, one person can truly make a difference and be a change force."

Fuller will be recognized at the association's Student Luncheon which will be held Monday, September 15 during the AANA Annual Congress in Orlando, Fla.

Four from UAB School of Nursing named Academy Fellows

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One faculty member and three alumni from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, joining more than 60 other Fellows affiliated with the UAB School of Nursing.

This year's inductees are: Cynthia S. Selleck, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Clinical and Global Partnerships in the UAB School of Nursing; and alumni Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, Dean of the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing; Diane Von Ah, PhD, RN, Associate Professor in the Indiana University School of Nursing; and Marietta P. Stanton, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CCM, CMAC, professor in the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing.


Somerall named top professor by professional site

DeAnnD'Ann Somerall, DNP, RN, MAEd, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has been named by as one of the top 15 family nurse practitioner faculty in the country.

Somerall is the track coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner program at UAB and serves as a mentor for the school's Doctorate of Nursing Practice students as well as President of Sigma Theta Tau International. She earned her BSN, MSN and DNP at UAB.

Langston receives ACC "Volunteer of the Year" award

June2014 Langston Summer 2Summer Langston, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, AACC, assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has received the "Volunteer of the Year" award from the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This award is given annually to a deserving member the Alabama ACC chapter.

Langston became a member of the ACC in 2008. At the time she was a student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the UAB School of Nursing and working as nurse practitioner at the Alabama Cardiovascular Group in Birmingham.

In 2008, during research for a course in the DNP program, Langston reached out to members of the ACC for additional information pertaining to her project. After working with the organization and learning about their mission she applied for a travel grant to attend the ACC annual conference. Langston joined the organization later that year.


Alumna Disch co-authors textbook on person-and family-centered care

Disch Joanne 300ppiWhile estimates from the Institute of Medicine have stated that 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable deaths due to errors, a recent study suggests that closer to 400,000 people die each year from preventable deaths due to errors. This would mean that more than 1000 people die needlessly each day, or the equivalent of two jumbo jets crashing daily.

Alumna Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor ad Honorem in the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, along with co-authors Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, FAAN, Professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Mary K. Walton, MSN, MBE, RN, Nurse Ethicist and Director of Patient and Family Centered Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has written a new textbook – Person- and Family-Centered Care – and propose that one key strategy for reducing preventable deaths is to actively include individuals and their families as partners in care planning, delivery and evaluation.

The text, published by Sigma Theta Tau International, provides insights into the needed transition from thinking of the patient as dependent and a recipient of care, to engaging the person and family as partners in care. Additionally, chapter authors examine the challenges that nurses do face in providing person- and family-centered care, and offer pragmatic strategies for helping deal with these challenges. More information is available at

Disch earned her MSN from the UAB School of Nursing in 1976.