ALN honors faculty, alumni

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By Laura Gasque

Several University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing faculty members, alumni and students received recognition from the Alabama League for Nursing at the ALN’s annual meeting in March 2023. The awards, presented at the Lamplighter Awards Banquet, recognize individuals who exemplify leadership qualities, deliver quality health care, and support the development and improvement of teaching, research and service in nursing.

Assistant Professor Stephanie Hammond, DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC, COHN-S (MSN 2007, DNP 2015), received a 2023 ALN Lamplighter Award. The Lamplighter Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exemplary contributions to the nursing profession.

“It was an honor to receive this award from the Alabama League for Nursing and be recognized for my work in a profession I love so much,” Hammond said.

Assistant Professor Lisa Pair, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC (MSN 1992, DNP 2018), received the ALN Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes exemplary educators for developing and implementing innovative teaching strategies.

“As an educator, I want to make sure the women’s health nurse practitioners that graduate from our School are ready to move from the RN role to the provider role,” Pair said. “Incorporating best evidence in the WHNP curriculum on distance learning, teaching adult learners, and teaching in student teams has moved the WHNP board pass rate to 100 percent and, most importantly, positive feedback from students.”

Instructor Hiboombe Haamankuli, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC (MSN 2010), Assistant Professor Sabrina Kopf, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC (BSN 2009, DNP 2017), and Instructor Somali Nguyen, DNP, CRNP, AGACNP-BC (BSN 2010, MSN 2014, DNP 2019), received a $1000 Nurse Faculty Scholarship grant for their project, “Radiology Competency: Advancing Competency in Radiology Interpretation in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Pathway.”

The grant will go toward the implementation of an innovative radiology interpretation learning experience for Adult-Gero and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students.

“We are delighted to have received the prestigious ALN faculty grant. Our goal as faculty of the AGACNP track is to prepare competent future nurse practitioners. We believe this grant award will help in this pursuit. We thank the ALN scholarship committee for this honor,” they said.

PhD-DNP Dual Pathway student, Leslie Pitts, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CDCES, AP-PEN (BSN 2006, MSN 2009), received a $1,000 Doctoral Scholarship grant to help support her DNP project, “Implementing a Comprehensive Adolescent Healthcare Transition Program for Youth with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.”

“It is an honor to be selected for the ALN Doctoral Scholarship. This funding will support the completion of my DNP quality improvement project, which will have a lasting impact on the care of adolescents within the pediatric endocrinology clinic at Children’s of Alabama.”

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