“To me,” Grant says, “compassion is what it’s all about in nursing. That award was an honor, and it makes me want to do even more.” She credits her instructors at UAB with guiding her through her nursing education and impressing upon her the importance of patience and empathy.
After beginning her studies at Samford University, Grant moved to UAB. She worked as a student nurse at Children’s Hospital and, following her graduation in 1974, worked in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at UAB Hospital. Now a neonatal nurse and NICU preceptor at Brookwood Medical Center, Grant still recalls fondly her training at UAB.
Grant’s 25-year career has seen numerous advances. “The progress we’ve made through the years has been so exciting to me, to see how the smallest infant now has much more of a chance,” she says.
Her career also has seen hundreds of those small infants grow into strong children and teenagers who return to visit the nurse who cared for them in their most vulnerable times. “My husband always says ‘Aren’t you ready to retire yet?’” she says. “No, I’m not ready to retire yet. I still love it so much.”
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