Developing Nursing Interventions for Mothers and Preemies

Dr. June Cho, SON Assistant Professor’s currently funded R21 Perinatal Testosterone in Infant Health, Mother-Infant Interactions and Development research project is focused on establishing the relationships between perinatal testosterone levels and infant health, mother-infant interactions, and infant cognitive/motor development.  Specifically, Dr. Cho has been examining the possible association between perinatal testosterone and infant health and growth in very low birth weight (VLBW) preterm infants.  By providing evidence for this link, Cho believes that this information will aid in the development of designing gender specific nursing interventions for mothers and their VLBW preterm infants, with the ultimate goal of improving their long and short term outcomes.

Working closely with a multi-disciplinary team; Dr. Wally Carlo (director of department of neonatology), Dr. McCormick (director of department of pediatric endocrinology), Dr. Fred Biasini (psychologist and director of Early Head Start Program at UAB), Dr. Xiaogang Su (SON statistician), Mrs. Vivien Phillips (research nurse coordinator), and Ms. Marianne McLaughlin (project administrator) the R21 project is in the process of collecting and analyzing data from over 60 mother-VLBW infant pairs.  “This research project is only possible because of the unwavering support that I receive from my UAB mentors, collaborators, and project staff - I cannot do it alone.” says Cho.

Ever one to be looking towards the future, Dr. Cho hopes that the findings from this R21 will lead to further investigations to develop an intervention for emotionally at-risk mothers and their medically at-risk infants, with a focus on maternal prenatal stress management and improvement of quality of mother-infant interactions.
Funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD, NIH (1R21HD066186-01).


Ivey Receives HRSA Award to Train Dual Option Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jean Ivey, DSN, CRNP, PNP-PC, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing received a three year $772,143 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) for a project entitled “Dual Option Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice Project.”  This project will develop Pediatric Nurse Practitioners who are qualified to sit for national certification exams in both primary and acute care.  This program will provide a mechanism for advanced practice pediatric nurses to obtain the necessary certification to deliver high quality care across care settings.

To learn more about the dual option program click here.

Annette Wright

Wright Receives HRSA Award for Diabetes Program

Annette Wright, PhD, CRNP, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing received a three year, $838,190 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) for a training grant entitled “Culturally Competent, Distance Accessible Doctorate of Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Management of Diabetes (CCDNP-AMD) Program.”  This project seeks to increase the number of advanced practice primary and acute care nurses with AMD skills in one of the nation’s most underserved regions (AL, GA, MS and TN). To learn more about the Diabetes Program offered in conjunction with the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree please click here.

Dr. Wright received her PhD in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, MSN from Troy State University, and BSN Auburn University at Montgomery.  Her research interests include diabetes management, disease prevention, and family health nursing.  Dr. Wright holds appointments as a scientist in UAB's Comprehensive Diabetes Center and UAB's Diabetes Research and Training Center




The Pink Day- Race for the Cure Kickoff

On September 26, 2011 The Rural Breast Cancer Survivors Study Team and the UAB School of Nursing Student Nursing Association sponsored "The Pink Day- Race for the Cure Kickoff" in the Learning Resource Center Lobby. Students, staff and Faculty wore pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the LRC lobby was awash in pink!

Participants received pink breast cancer ribbons, breast cancer education materials, snacks and a chance to win one of many door prizes.

Contributions to our 2011 Pink October activities raised more than $250 in donations to the North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

A special thank you goes out the to the Student Nurses Association's Megan Armstrong, Kate Ridgway, Justine Scott, Brittony Inverso, Julie McCall, and Megan Pace; School of Nursing's work study students Tiffany Pennington and Maria Chabral; Iota Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. members: Deondra Scott, Veronica Smith, Brooke Robinson, Whitney Covington, Jasmine Carr, and Ashley Jones: Eddie Bratton from the LRC; "The Pink Lady & Associates" Captain Berne Irwin; and the entire RBCS Research team. Your enthusiasm and energy helped to make this event a success!