University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Instructor Melanie Gibbons Hallman, DNP, CRNP, CEN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN).
Hallman, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) who has been an active Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) member since 1988, will be inducted along with 15 others in the 2017 Class of Fellows on September 16 in St. Louis during the ENA’s Emergency Nursing Conference, bringing to 163 the number of AEN Fellows worldwide.
“I have had lights and sirens in my head since I was 12 years old when I was introduced to firefighting and emergency services by my uncle, C.G. Weeks, who was a Birmingham Fire Department lieutenant,” Hallman said. “This is the culmination of almost 40 years of my working experience, and I am elated to receive it. It is one of the highest honors ever bestowed on me in my professional career.”
In her career, Hallman has served in multiple emergency services roles, including paramedic/firefighter, nursing administrator and direct nursing service provider. She was instrumental in the development of the School’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) Subspecialty Courses and currently serves as ENP Subspecialty Courses Coordinator.
Hallman has also demonstrated leadership in many national, state and local emergency nursing capacities throughout her career including:
- Serving the local and state ENA as chair of multiple committees, local and state secretary, state treasurer, metro Birmingham, Alabama, president and currently, state president;
- Serving as Alabama’s national representative to the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP), an organization of which she is a founding member;
- Regularly lending a voice for emergency nursing as an invited guest at meetings of the Alabama College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP);
- Serving as a community advocate to the citizens of Birmingham through an appointment to the Mayor’s EMS Advisory Committee, a long-standing clinical partnership with the Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service Department and as a colleague to many other Birmingham area emergency service organizations.
Hallman also continues to provide patient care as an ENP in area emergency departments and volunteers with various organizations as a Family NP providing health care access to medically underserved populations.
She is a four-time graduate of the School, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 1983, an MSN degree as an Adult Health/Trauma Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1990, a second MSN as an FNP in 1995, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2012.
The AEN was established on Sept. 28, 2004, by the ENA to honor nurses who have made enduring, substantial contributions to emergency nursing, advanced the profession, including the health care system in which the emergency nursing is delivered, and provided leadership to the ENA and AEN.
The UAB School of Nursing is ranked 13th in overall graduate programs, among the top five public schools of nursing in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and two of the School's specialties were ranked on reputation, among the top five public schools of nursing in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and two of the School's specialties were ranked on reputation -- Nursing Administration is listed 6th and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 18th. The MSN program features more than 10 specialty tracks, including nurse practitioner options, clinical nurse leader, nursing education, nursing informatics, and nursing health systems administration. Two options, RN to MSN and the Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway, provide those with a bachelor's degree in another area an entry into the nursing profession. The MSN also prepares graduates for entry into doctoral studies in nursing, in either the DNP or PhD program.