Points of Pride

Alumni Shine at AANA Annual Meeting

Larry Hornsby and Fred LupienUAB School of Nursing alumni Alfred Lupien, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, and Larry Hornsby, CRNA, were each nationally recognized at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) annual meeting in Las Vegas for their outstanding contributions to the field of nurse anesthesia. Lupien received the Program Director of the Year award for his significant impact on nurse anesthesia education, and Hornsby was named the 2013 recipient of the Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment for his exceptional achievements in furthering the art and science of nurse anesthesia.

Director of the Nurse Anesthesia program at Mount Marty College, Lupien has more than 30-years’ experience in nurse anesthesia. He has previously worked as a clinician, simulation consultant, educator and director of three nurse anesthesia programs. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing.

Senior Executive Vice President of AmSol LLC, Hornsby acts as a leader, mentor and entrepreneur in the field of nurse anesthesia. His 30-year career has made him an expert in the field. In 1991, Hornsby founded Anesthesia Professionals Inc., one of the first CRNA-owned anesthesia management groups in the state. Hornsby also served as the first AANA president of the 21st century, leading nurse anesthetists into the new millennium with a keen focus on quality, skills and safety records.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) was founded in 1931 as a professional association. AANA Membership has reached nearly 47,000, representing 90 percent of the nation’s nurse anesthetists. The organization actively promotes education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both practice and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice. The AANA provides education and research grants to students, faculty and practicing CRNAs throughout the nation.

Celebrating Alumni at Annual Event

CZG and DCHThe UAB School of Nursing, along with the Nursing Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society and the UAB School of Nursing Board of Visitors, recently hosted the eleventh annual Alumni Night Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

The dinner provided an opportunity for alumni to network and reconnect with fellow classmates and faculty, and it featured an archives display of UAB School of Nursing memorabilia. It also paid tribute to a number of outstanding alumni.

Carol Z. Garrison, Ph.D., UAB President Emerita was honored as the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient. She gave a presentation on leadership, her tenure as UAB President, and her passion for nursing. As a token of appreciation, Garrison was presented with a bound copy of her nomination letters, written by graduates of the UAB School of Nursing and members of the school’s Board of Visitors.

In addition, a dozen other alumni were honored with awards for their service and dedication to nursing.

The Marie L. O’Koren Alumni Award for Innovation is named for the UAB School of Nursing’s second dean, Marie L. O’Koren, who passed away in 2012. During her tenure as dean, O’Koren changed the landscape of nursing education in the state of Alabama. She led the UAB School of Nursing to become one of the top 20 nursing schools in the country and established a diversified master’s program and the first doctorate in nursing program in the Southeast. She dramatically increased support for nursing education and research. The award recognizes alumni who, like O’Koren, have made innovative contributions to the field of nursing. The recipients this year were Teresa Gore, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., C.H.S.E., of Auburn, Ala.; Ashley L. Hodges, Ph.D., WHNP-BC, of Birmingham; Michael Humber, D.N.P., M.N.A., CRNA of Birmingham; Carolyn Pierce, D.S.N., R.N., of Binghamton, N.Y.; and Lynn Stover, D.S.N., R.N., BC, SANE, of Morrow, Ga.

The Jo Ann Barnett Award for Compassionate Care honors UAB School of Nursing graduates who exemplify the best in nursing care by performing above and beyond job requirements on a regular basis. The award is named for Jo Ann Barnett, a B.S.N. and M.S.N. graduate of the UAB School of Nursing who was a champion for the highest quality of compassionate care for her patients and their families. She passed away in 2002. The recipients are Joan Burttram Carlisle, D.S.N., PNP-BC, of Birmingham; Paula Midyette, M.S.N., R.N., CCRN, CCNS, of Birmingham, and Linda F. Rose, Ed.D., RN-BC of Birmingham.

The Young Alumni Merit Award recognizes young nurse leaders who have received a degree from the UAB School of Nursing within the last 10 years and have demonstrated significant accomplishment and leadership in the field of nursing. The recipients are Nisha Cheesman, B.S.N., R.N., of Birmingham; Lindsey Harris, CRNP, of Fultondale, Ala.; and Ramona Roach-Davis, D.N.P., CRNP, of Hoover, Ala.


Four Alumni Elected to Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame

Four exceptional University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing alumni and professional leaders are 2013 inductees into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony took place Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the Bryant Conference Center at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Guy Delois 300ppiDelois Guy, DSN, first African-American faculty member at the UAB School of Nursing, devoted her nursing career and academic pursuits to compassionate service for those who needed it most. Throughout her 26-year career as a nursing educator, she served as a department chair, professor, assistant professor, instructor and research scientist. She is recognized as a national leader in research dealing with aging and the elderly. She earned her DSN degree from the UAB School of Nursing in 1980.


harris james 300ppi BmetroJames Harris, DSN, APRN-BC, MBS, CNL, FAAN, has had a hand in guiding governmental entities, academic departments and hospitals over the course of his nursing career. Harris served at Bryce Hospital, was an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatric & Mental Health at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing and has held various leadership positions in Veteran’s Affairs hospitals. Since 2009, he has served as the deputy chief nursing officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., where Harris formulates national policies and activities that impact the more than 80,000 VA nurses across the country. He earned his MSN degree in 1982 and is DSN degree in 1989 from the UAB School of Nursing.

Lavender Martha 300ppi BmetroMartha Lavender, RN, MSN, DSN, worked as a registered nurse in two hospitals in her early career. She later decided to pursue academics where she started out as an assistant professor at Jacksonville State University and quickly ascended the academic ranks, assuming the role of dean. In 2004, she embarked on an opportunity with the Science Applications International Corp./EAI Corp. where she administered training functions, oversaw 200 employees and managed a budget of $25 million. She retired in 2011 and currently serves as president of the State of Alabama Board of Nursing, and she is the owner and president of MGL Consulting Inc., where she consults on grant acquisition and allocation, accreditation and evaluation. Lavender earned her MSN degree in 1984 and her DSN degree in 1988 from the UAB School of Nursing.

Sanders Nena 300ppi BmetroNena Sanders, MSN, DSN, has served the Birmingham metropolitan area for her nearly 40-year career as a nurse, educator, consultant and entrepreneur. Sanders quickly ascended the ranks to a supervisor position after only two years as a staff nurse, serving in intensive care and critical care units. After successful nursing practice, she became an assistant professor in the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing simultaneously at UAB. She currently serves as the Ralph W. Beeson Dean and professor of nursing at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University. Sanders earned her BSN degree in 1976, her MSN degree in 1979, and her DSN degree in 1985 from the UAB School of Nursing.

The Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame was established in 2001 by the Board of Visitors at Capstone College of Nursing. It was created to recognize nurses who have brought honor and pride to the profession and the State of Alabama. The Hall of Fame is governed by the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame Board comprised of members of University of Alabama’s Board of Visitors. This body establishes the criteria for selecting inductees and the methods for determining eligibility for and election to the Hall of Fame. Nominations for induction into the Hall of Fame are submitted to a selection committee of the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame Board.