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Jennan Phillips appointed to Task Force

Jennan Phillips, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor and Director of the Occupational Health Nursing Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has been selected by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) and American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) to serve on a collaborative task force to examine workplace health and safety issues related to worker impairment from marijuana use.  

The task force will be responsible for examining current science related to marijuana use and determine evidence-based education and recommendations that can be used to support occupational and environmental professionals who consult with employers regarding the implementation of workplace health policies. The task force will meet regularly over the next several months

AAOHN and ACOEM are the two largest membership organizations for occupational and environmental nurses and physicians who focus on worker protection from injuries and illnesses, prevention of time lost from work and productivity, avoidance of potential health-related job loss, and other health liabilities.

 Holland receives AWHONN Award of Excellence

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 Aimee Chism Holland, DNP, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, RD assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has received the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and

Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2014 Award of Excellence in Community Service for her dedication to improving the lives of women and newborns through community service.

The award was presented at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando, Florida.

AWHONN presents its Award of Excellence in Community Service each year to an AWHONN member with an outstanding history of individual contributions to promote women’s or newborns’ health in a community and reflects AWHONN's mission and standards through their work in the community. Winners have made contributions to women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing and women’s health.

“This award reflects those who inspire me to serve: the patients who trust me with their care, the students who aspire to be women’s health nurse practitioners, and the faculty of the UAB School of Nursing,” Holland said. “It is an honor to receive this recognition from AWHONN.”

Holland is coordinator of the dual adult-gerontology primary care and women’s health nurse practitioner specialty track at the School of Nursing. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she maintains a faculty practice focusing on women’s health and primary care services at the UAB Student Health Services Clinic.  Dr. Holland is actively involved as an ambassador for the National Health Service Corps, building on her clinical experiences in on of Alabama’s Federally Qualified Health Centers.

“Dr. Holland’s efforts to provide care for underserved has improved the lives of women and girls in her community,” said AWHONN’s Chief Executive Officer Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Her work with the National Health Service Corps shows how integral compassion is to nursing.”

Holland earned her bachelor of science and masters of science degrees in nutrition from the University of Alabama; her masters of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University; and her doctorate of nursing practice from the UAB School of Nursing.  She is dual certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. Holland has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presents at national conferences in the area of women’s health.



TheAssociation of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses(AWHONN) is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care. AWHONN represents the interests of the more than 350,000 nurses who care for women (throughout their lifespan) and newborns. The membership of AWHONN is at a 15-year high and growing at 24,000. AWHONN's members are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants. A leader in professional development, AWHONN holds the distinction of receiving the Premier Program award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) three times. Founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics



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Jukkala receives research award

Angela Jukkala, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has received a 2014 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Investigator Award the 9th Annual UAB Health Disparities Investigator Awards for her presentation, “Measuring Patient Activation During Pregnancy.”

Jukkala’s research focuses on women’s health outcomes, including perinatal outcomes. In 2013, Jukkala and Joseph R Biggio, MD, professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine received a grant from the March of Dimes to develop a smartphone application, Perinatal Education, Activation and Communication Enhancement (PEACE-P). The app is designed to disseminate perinatal guidelines for obstetric providers to support evidence-based practice at the point of care and is available as a free download at   



UAB School of Nursing faculty receive AHI Healthcare Improvement award

NHSAThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing Nursing and Health Systems Administration (NHSA) program has received second place in the 2014 Duncan Neuhauser Curricular Innovation Award in Healthcare Improvement from the Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI).

Assistant Professor Rebecca S. Miltner, PhD, RN, CNL, NEA-BC, Professor Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Professor, Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, and Assistant Professor Shea Polancich, PhD, RN, submitted their work on the program’s revised Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) advanced quality and patient safety courses, “Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap in Advanced Quality and Patient Safety Courses.”


 Wilson selected to serve on international nursing panel

SoNphDs-075Lynda L. Wilson, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor at the UAB School of Nursing and Deputy Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing, has been selected to serve a two-year term on the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) panel. 

The panel was established by Sigma Tau International (STTI) and is chaired by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN.