University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Assistant Professor Michele Talley, PhD, CRNP, ACNP-BC, has been named the 2017 State Award for Excellence recipient for Alabama by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The State Award for Excellence is given annually to a nurse practitioner in each state who demonstrates excellence in their area of practice.
Talley serves as director of the nurse-managed Providing Access to Healthcare (PATH) Clinic, a collaborative partnership between the School, UAB Hospital and UAB Health System that provides diabetes care at no cost to uninsured, medically underserved patients discharged from UAB Hospital. Under Talley’s leadership, the PATH Clinic has had significant impact on hundreds of Alabamians who might not otherwise have access to such care while saving UAB Hospital more than $1.5 million. Talley also has served as director of the School’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program since 2015.
“What makes this award so gratifying is that it recognizes the holistic approach we have taken as a team at the PATH Clinic to impact our community,” Talley said. “We all have hearts for helping patients who are less fortunate. That is why we all went into nursing, and I am very blessed to have been involved from the very early stages in something that is so fulfilling.”
Talley, who earned Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the School in 2005 and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) in 2015, was honored at the AANP 2017 National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 23. AANP is the nation’s largest professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties, with a membership of more than 222,000.
The UAB School of Nursing is at the forefront in establishing pioneering transitional care clinics to care for the most vulnerable populations across the health care continuum, forming policy to guide national health care practice, creating program innovations to improve care practices nationally, conducting novel research to reach rural populations facing the greatest effects from chronic or preventable conditions, and finding new and creative ways to educate students to be the future leaders who will shape coordinated, proactive and superior patient care.
Impactful nurse practitioner
American Association of Nurse Practitioners names Talley state award winner