AANP Inducts UAB School of Nursing Alumnae as Fellows
Six more alumnae of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing have been inducted as Fellows in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), bringing to 24 the number of faculty and alumni who have achieved this prestigious designation. Linda Gibson-Young, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, CNE, AE-C, FAANP, Lisa Muirhead, DNP, APRN-BC, ANP, FAANP, Anne Norman, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP, Pamela Pieper, PhD, ARNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, Theresa Wadas, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, CCRN, FAANP, and Kathleen Wilson, PhD, CPNP, PNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, were inducted in a ceremony held during the AANP National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 21-26.
School of Nursing Establishing Independent DNP Fall 2016
For the past eight years, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing has collaborated with the University of Alabama System's two other nursing schools -- the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing -- to offer a highly successful Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that has put thousands of doctorally prepared nurses into practice across Alabama and the nation. Due to recent trends in the profession, the three schools will soon begin offering separate DNP programs.
Like most new DNP programs at the time, the Joint DNP Program was a Post-Master’s of Science in Nursing (PMSN) to DNP program. However, since the establishment of the DNP, nursing leaders have advocated for advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nursing health system administrators, to be educated at the doctoral rather than the master’s level as part of nursing’s efforts to ensure a highly educated nursing workforce.
Four With Ties to School of Nursing Named to Tuskegee University Nursing Hall of Fame
Three University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing alumni and a retired faculty member have been named to the Tuskegee University Nursing Hall of Fame. Charlie Jones Dickson, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, Constance Smith Hendricks, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Col. Mary Ann Austin, RN, MSN, and Madalyn Brown Rucker, CRNA have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Tuskegee University Nursing Hall of Fame recognition for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and made significant contributions to nursing and/or the health care field. The historic institution is home of the first baccalaureate-in-nursing degree program in Alabama which was founded by nursing-education pioneer Lillian Holland Harvey, EdD, during a time of rigid segregation in the South, and brought unprecedented new opportunities for African-American students in Alabama.
Two-Time Alumna Elected to AANA Post
Heather Rankin, DNP, CRNA, has been elected to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) as Director, Region 7. Her peers elected Rankin for a two-year term. Region 7 comprises the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. She will begin her term in September at the AANA Annual Congress. Rankin has held multiple AANA committee appointments the past few years and served a term as Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ALANA) President in 2011. She is a full time CRNA at Children's of Alabama and earned her BSN from the School in 2002 and her DNP in 2014.
Faculty, Ph.D. Student Represent School of Nursing at Thailand Health Care Conference.
For University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) student Aoyjai Prapanjaroensin, BSN, RN, a recent trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, for an international health care conference not only gave her an international platform for her scholarly work, it also was a chance to share her experiences at the School and UAB as a whole with nursing students and others from her homeland.
Prapanjaroensin, from Ratchaburi, Thailand, represented the School along with Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor Lori Loan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Professor and Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care Department Chair Maria Shirey, PhD, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN.
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