US Nats 10-Spokane Washington

Marissa Spector never envisioned becoming a nurse.

Her childhood dream, like many, was more romantic than practical—from the time she was two years old she fantasized about becoming a figure skater. She got on the ice not long after she took her first steps. Marissa said one of her most vivid memories is of being four years old and her father holding her up as they skated around the rink together.  Her fascination and passion for skating blossomed from there. 

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Olivia BahemukaThe UAB School of Nursing’s leadership stretches from Birmingham, across Alabama and the Southeast, throughout the nation and to such international sites as Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, where the school has partnered to build nursing capacity and develop knowledge to improve health and well-being. The need for nursing leaders to help forge creative change to advance health globally remains a high priority.

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Julia StantonAshley Costa is an RN at UAB Hospital in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) who stepped out of her comfort zone to make an impact in Zambia. 

She is also one of our MSN students and recipient of the Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Nursing Scholarship for fall of 2012, and for this spring she was awarded the William Groce Campbell Endowed Nursing Scholarships. Last July (2012) she was in the middle of one of her last shifts before going on a two-week medical missions trip to Lusaka, Zambia. The unit nurse manager, Donna Purvis, was showing a visitor around the RNICU whom she introduced as Bupe Mwamba, a midwife from Zambia who was visiting the hospital as part of the International Nursing and Health Care Leadership and Management Program offered by the UAB School of Nursing. Ashley was happy to make the connection and she and Ms. Mwamba promised to stay in touch and meet in Zambia in a few weeks.

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Mary LeeMary Lee, BSN, RN, has a simple but challenging goal: to make a difference. After graduating from UAB with a health promotion degree in 2003, Lee was on track with a promising position at the YMCA when she realized that she wanted to become an Army nurse. Thanks to the VA Nursing Academy (VANA), she’s well on her way.

      Lee enlisted in the Army Reserves in August 2007 and then was accepted into the VA Nurse Scholars Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in May 2012, joined the Surgical Intermediate Care/Stroke Unit at UAB Hospital the following month, and then completed officer’s training with the Army. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in August and ultimately hopes to become a MedEvac air flight nurse.

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