The nomination period for the Visionary Leader Awards is now closed. If you need to make changes to your nomination or have any questions, please contact or (205) 975-9419. We look forward to announcing our recipients and celebrating their accomplishments very soon!

What is the Visionary Leader Award? Alumni from the UAB School of Nursing and its diploma programs have been integral in distinguishing the School regionally, nationally, and internationally, and in shaping the nursing profession. To celebrate the School’s renowned graduates and their mark on the nursing profession, 70 outstanding alumni (both living and deceased) will be recognized as Visionary Leaders. These 70 Visionary Leaders will be honored during a series of virtual celebrations in Spring 2021.

Instructions for Nominating Visionary Leaders: To nominate alumni for the award, please submit the following:

  • nomination form
  • letter of nomination
  • nominee’s curriculum vitae/resume
  • nominee’s photo

The letter of nomination should address the criteria stated below.

Nomination Deadline: Nominations must be received by January 15, 2021.

Eligibility: Nominees must be graduates of the UAB School of Nursing, its diploma nursing programs (Hillman, Jefferson-Hillman, and University Hospital), and Nurse Anesthesia program in the UAB School of Health Professions (Note: the Nurse Anesthesia program moved to the UAB SON in 2014). Nominations are open for living or deceased alumni.

Alumni who have received the Visionary Leader award previously are not eligible. To view previous award recipients, please click here.

Criteria: When selecting the 70 Visionary Leaders, each nomination will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Nominee has rendered distinctive service in the field of nursing and/or healthcare on the regional national and/or international level(s) in practice, education, and/or research.
  • Nominee is recognized by colleagues and peers for outstanding achievement.
  • Nominee has demonstrated evidence of highest integrity in leadership, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship.

Who Should Nominate: Nominations are welcome from anyone who has been inspired, touched, or shaped by our alumni—whether the nomination comes from a fellow nurse or nurse anesthetist, colleague, grateful patient, family member, peer, student, or physician. All nominations are welcome and self-nominations will be accepted.

Visionary Leader Recognition: Alumni selected for the award will be honored during a series of virtual celebrations in Spring 2021. Award recipient photos and biographies will be placed on permanent display in the School of Nursing. Award recipients will be featured in the UAB Nursing magazine, School of Nursing website, UAB publications and websites, UAB press releases, and professional nursing publications and websites as appropriate. Individuals will also be recognized in a video featuring the Visionary Leader award recipients.

If you have questions, please contact: Emily Craig | Phone: (205) 975-9419 |