Banton Endowed Professorship

Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Patrician is the first faculty member to be named as the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor.  She is a nationally recognized nursing leader in the area of nursing practice & outcomes as well as improving the nursing workforce environment.
Working together with her team UAB SON team; Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, Kathleen Ladner, PhD, RN,FACHE, Suzie Miltner, PhD, RNC-OB,NEA-BC, and qualitative research mentor - Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN, they sought to identify and address gaps in perceived competencies of nurse managers and charge nurses in the greater Birmingham area. Strategies were identified to improve the UAB SON Nursing and Health Systems Administration (NHSA) Program.  The team engaged local nursing administrators in the process who provided valuable feedback during a continuing education workshop.

Dr. Patrician and her colleague, Doug Oliver Doug Oliver, DNP, RN, NE‐BC presented a lecture entitled, “Nurturing nurse managers/charge nurses for leadership roles”.  The lecture was a discussion of the findings from a 2009 Nursing Administration Workshop and a research project entitled “Competencies of charge nurses and nurse managers”.


Based on the growing evidence of a "crisis brewing" in Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) with more than 70% of the nation’s CNOs changing jobs or retiring in the near future, researchers cite the critical need for succession planning to nurture and grow aspiring leaders in the field. Succession planning first requires the identification of nurses to mentor as emerging leaders - nurse managers are a likely target group. Often the best clinical performers have been promoted to nurse manager positions; however they are not necessarily equipped for administrative roles. Preparation of nurses for leadership advancement needs to start before taking on the role of nurse manager and charge nurse. 

The Goals

  • Emphasize the critical role of the CNO in health care and how to develop the next generation of leaders for nursing executive administration
  • Inspire and motivate nurse managers and charge nurses in addressing the knowledge and skills associated with management positions in nursing
  • Obtain information from local stakeholders to guide the revision of the NHSA curriculum to best address the needs of current and aspiring nurse managers

The Outcomes


Workshop feedback provided guidance for curriculum redesign and construction of NHSA courses. The NHSA Curriculum was recently redesigned – nine new courses created, credit hours decreased while increasing administrative practicum time, real world examples and assignments.


Patrician, P. A., Oliver, D., Miltner, R., Dawson, M. A. & Ladner, K. (2012). Nurturing charge nurses for future leadership roles. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(10), 461-466.

Future Directions

Looking ahead, Dr. Patrician and her NHSA colleagues will work to continue curriculum refinement and leadership education for nurses.

The Donna Brown Banton Professorship

The professorship was made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Julian W. Banton to honor the memory of his late wife, Donna Brown Banton. The endowed professorship promotes nursing education and quality patient care, and is given to a senior faculty member with academic excellence and visionary guidance in leading nurses as they prepare to enter professional practice.
Julian Banton and his daughters, Courtney Banton Alford and Stephanie Banton Troutman, chose an especially thoughtful and meaningful way to honor the memory of their late wife and mother. They established the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professorship in the UAB School of Nursing. This endowment continues Donna’s legacy by supporting innovative programs to develop the next generation of nurse leaders.  
Donna Brown Banton earned widespread respect for her faithful service to the Birmingham community. Until her untimely death in February 2004, she enjoyed a successful career in education and served in leadership roles to several area women’s clubs. She was also an active member of Canterbury United Methodist Church.

"Courtney, Stephanie, and I consider this gift to the nursing school to be a fitting tribute to Donna," says Julian Banton." Any family facing a life-ending illness has a special need for effective and compassionate nursing care, and we feel that the UAB School of Nursing is in a unique position to develop greater numbers of nurses who can provide the demanding skills needed to care for acutely ill patients."

This is an incredible strategic investment, one that will meaningfully touch lives and have a profound impact on patients and their families. These funds provide resources for faculty to transform the delivery of healthcare through research, service, and education.

To learn more about endowments or to make a gift benefitting the UAB School of Nursing please contact Jeannie Horton, Sr. Director of Development at (205) 975-2443 or