PhD Students Awarded ANF Scholarships

Three PhD students receive scholarships from Alabama Nurses Foundation

Photo: Stockdill, Beasley & SneedBy Frank Couch

Three University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing PhD students have each received a $2,000 scholarship from the Alabama Nurses Foundation. Nadia Markie Sneed, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Macy Stockdill, BSN, RN, and Amy Beasley, RN, DNP, CHPN, were set to receive their awards at in person at FACES, an annual educational event hosted by the Alabama State Nurses Association, in April. That event, however, had to be rescheduled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sneed is a family nurse practitioner who has provided primary care to thousands of rural Alabamians and is grateful that ANF supports nurses like herself to continue their nursing education. The funds from this scholarship will help cover tuition and conference attendance costs associated with her studies as a PhD nursing student. Sneed is mentored by Associate Professor Shannon Morrison, PhD, FNP-BC.

“I am extremely grateful for the recognition and support provided by the ANF scholarship as it will aid me in my commitment to become an independent nurse scientist studying the effects of diet quality on prediabetes incidence in adults,” Sneed said.

Stockdill is 2016 UAB SON BSN graduate and lifelong resident of Alabama and has worked as a nurse at UAB Hospital. She will use the scholarship to help cover tuition costs associated with obtaining her PhD. In her dissertation, Stockdill will complete a secondary analysis of existing data focused on comprehensive health care for patients and caregivers. Her mentor is Professor and Marie L. O’Koren Endowed Chair in Nursing Marie Bakitis, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN.

“I plan to become an independent nurse researcher with a program of research that improves symptom burden as a way to improve the quality of life of heart failure patients and other patients living with serious illness,” Stockdill said.

Beasley began her nursing career in the emergency room and later received her certification as a specialist in poison information. Beasley will use the scholarship to help her complete her dissertation. She is also mentored by Bakitas and through her dissertation she will assess palliative care access in Alabama within community hospitals.

Last modified on July 14, 2021

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