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.
Dr. Gibson-Young is an associate professor and graduate chair in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing & Health Sciences. She was named a Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Fellow by the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN) and received the Outstanding Research Award from The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) in 2015. She was recognized as the Nurse Practitioner of the Year in the Children’s of Alabama Health System for 2006 and its Nurse of the Year in 2002. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the School in 2003 and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) in 2011.
Dr. Muirhead is an assistant clinical professor at Emory University in Atlanta. She is the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing VA Nursing Academic Partnership Director and has served as service learning academic coordinator for the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing. She is a nationally recognized expert and consultant to numerous professional advisory boards and organizations, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the School in 2009.
Dr. Norman is the Vice President of Education at AANP. She has practiced primary care and held leadership positions in various settings including: a multiple disciplinary medical school health center, rural health, college health, retail health and workplace/occupational health. At AANP, she serves as the primary organizational resource on continuing education and education-related standards, recommendations and requirements. Her responsibilities include directing the grant, education, and accreditation activities of the association by overseeing and guiding the planning, development and implementation of activities and programs to meet strategic goals. She earned her DNP from the School in 2010.
Dr. Pieper is a clinical associate professor in the University of Florida College of Nursing – Jacksonville. She was a charter member of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA) and served as its president in 2004-2005. She was also a founding member of the Pediatric Nursing Council of North Florida and served as its chair. She received the APSNA Founders’ Award for excellence in pediatric surgical nursing in 2002 and was recognized as a Great 100 Nurse in Northeast Florida in 2003 and in Florida in 2009. She earned her MSN from the School in 1983.
Dr. Wadas is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama College of Capstone Nursing in Tuscaloosa with an expertise in cardiovascular and critical care practice. She is board certified as a family, acute, and critical care practitioner. She has worked in various advanced practice roles, which include unit director for cardiovascular surgery, cardiovascular clinical specialist, and outcomes manager. Her clinical expertise encompasses both surgical and medical cardiovascular and critical care services. She has successfully implemented quality improvement endeavors within service lines as well as within hospital wide systems. She has also served on various national, regional, and statewide committees and task forces as an advocate for advanced practice. She earned her MSN from the School in 1989.
Dr. Wilson is a certified PNP and FNP from Tallahassee, Florida, where she practices as an endocrinology specialist. She is also a graduate faculty member at Walden University teaching in both the DNP and PhD programs. In her career, she has held positions in research, administration with extensive experience in chronic disease prevention and management, and community program development. She has a sustained a record of excellence in teaching, dissemination of evidence-based practice through scholarly publications and presentations, and service to the profession for more than three decades. She earned her MSN from the School in 1980 and her PhD in 1992.
The AANP is the largest full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. The Fellows of the AANP was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through their clinical practice, research, education or policy and to provide a forum to extend and enhance such efforts.