By Laura Lesley
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing three-time alumna Nena F. Sanders, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.
Sanders was honored at the induction ceremony in Montgomery, Alabama on July 21. The Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to and rendered exemplary service for health care in the state.
Sanders is Vice Provost of Samford University’s College of Health Sciences and Ralph W. Beeson Dean and Professor of the Ida Moffett School of Nursing. Her career in healthcare spans 35 years and includes work as a staff nurse, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, nurse educator, health care consultant and entrepreneur.
Named a Visionary Leader in 2010 by the UAB School of Nursing, Sanders has also been named a Momentum Leaders Woman of Impact and inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
A three-time alumna of the UAB School of Nursing, Sanders earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy In Nursing degrees in 1976, 1979 and 1985, respectively.