“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.”


Why Choose UAB?

why choose uab

Among the top 5 percent of nursing schools, 13th nationally, 3 master's specialty tracks highly ranked, 
1 in the top 10, ranked BSN, PhD and DNP programs



Global Nursing Leaders


The School has broken ground on a $32 million, more than 72,000-square-foot expansion and renovation that will transform nursing education, practice and research


Veterans Administration Initiatives
Learn more about the VA Nursing Academic Partnership, VA National Quality Scholars, Veterans CAN! and many other Veteran-centered initiatives


PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center
More than 20 years of global nursing leadership. One of 10 in the U.S., one of 42 in the world


Transformational Research
Leading the transformation of health and health care through innovations in education, research and clinical care 


Nurse-Managed Clinical Care
Four nurse-managed clinics, one primary care and three transitional, provide high-quality health care to vulnerable populations


Primary Care Scholars
Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars are learning the tools necessary to provide primary care in Alabama's rural-designated counties