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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.

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