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ON THE COVER: Uniform of Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, retired Army colonel and Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor at the UAB School of Nursing (Photo by Rob Culpepper)

UAB NURSING MAGAZINE STAFF: EDITOR Kim Davey ART DIRECTOR Meredith Robinson WRITERS Valerie Fraser Luesse, Anita Smith PHOTOGRAPHERS Rob Culpepper, Steve Wood


Dean‘s Letter: Are you a veteran? Do you have a veteran in your family? These questions kept

surfacing again and again as we planned our fall issue. I believe they should be part of patient assessment in hospitals, clinics, private practices, long-term care facilities—literally any place where health care is delivered. Why? Because veterans and their families are everywhere in this country, not just at VA medical centers or military hospitals. In communities across America, we have millions of men and women who have served our country, in war and peacetime. Some have seen horrific combat. All share a powerful bond and a distinctive military culture that creates unique health care needs—not just for those who served, but for their families, as well. At the UAB School of Nursing, we believe all Americans deserve access to outstanding care. We also believe that nurses, who stand at the front lines of our health care system, have unprecedented opportunities to lead. Over the past year, we have engaged nursing leaders and our collaborative partners to create a dynamic strategic plan for the next five years.

The five pillars of the new plan are Innovative Programs, Collaborative Partnerships, Sustainable Scholarship, Global Leadership, and Valuable Resources. This issue illuminates those pillars by

showcasing our commitment to innovation in teaching, research, and service through collaboration. We’re working not only with our colleagues from all health care disciplines, but also with our valued clinical partners, as well as local business, academic, and neighborhood communities. Ultimately, we want to consistently provide the highest quality of care and the best possible outcomes for all patients. And we know we can’t do it alone. We consider it an honor to join the 500 nursing schools and organizations now officially collaborating through Joining Forces, a federal program promoting excellence in health care for our veterans and military families. While UAB’s efforts are centered on the VA Medical Center in Birmingham, we believe the advances in research and education that are flowing from this partnership can improve care everywhere.

We also have longstanding partnerships with UAB Hospital and Health System, Children’s of Alabama, our community, and state. Working together, we have created tremendous educational opportunities for our students while improving care for patients at these outstanding clinical facilities. But that’s just the beginning. By sharing what we’ve learned together, by disseminating scientific discoveries and evidencebased knowledge, we’ve had a positive impact on care locally and globally. Here in Alabama, we have a new opportunity to bring together leaders from nursing, medicine, and other health care disciplines, as well as business and academia, to create the first-ever Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC). The mission of AL-HAC is to develop a plan for moving health care dramatically forward, the ultimate goal being to give all Alabamians access to the very best health care and to change the dire health status indicators that reflect overwhelming needs in our state. Finally, we’re so pleased to have an opportunity in this issue to celebrate some special members of our alumni family and the donors who join forces with us, year after year. Without their generosity, we could not continue moving forward. As you can see, the UAB School of Nursing has extended its reach farther than ever before. Only by collaborating with our colleagues in health care and with our partners in the global community can we have a truly transformative impact on the quality of care for the people we serve. Only then can we bring research and practice together in such a way that we fulfill the overarching vision guiding everything that we do: excellent care for every patient, everywhere.

Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing



Representing the many faces of veterans’ care in Birmingham are colleagues from nursing and medicine, many of whom have firsthand military experience. 4 | UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING

FRONT LINES OF CARE written by valerie fraser luesse photography by rob culpepper

Partnering with Birmingham’s VA Medical Center and with colleagues across a wide range of health care professions, the UAB School of Nursing is raising the bar on service for veterans and their families. By sharing costs and pooling intellectual capital, the school and its partners are building an incredible infrastructure to advance science and best practices, enrich students’ learning experiences, and prepare a new generation of leaders to transform health care for America’s active military and veteran communities.




Pictured on pages 4 and 5; from left: George Jolly, VA Nurse Scholar alumnus and Army National Guard member; Angie Harrison, current BSN student, VA Nurse Scholar and Army Reservist; Randy Moore, VA Nursing Academy instructor, DNP student, and Navy veteran; Kim Froelich, Birmingham VAMC outpatient cheif nurse and VA Nursing Academy program co-director; Mary Lee, VA Nurse Scholar alumna and Army Reservist; Suzie Miltner, VA Quality Scholar and UAB School of Nursing assistant professor; Pat Patrician, VAQS Senior Scholar, Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor, and UAB School of Nursing associate professor; Carlos Estrada, VAQS Senior Scholar and director, UAB Division of General Internal Medicine.


The state of Alabama alone has close to half a million, most of whom are wartime veterans. And each one of those veterans represents a family and a community. In 2011, UAB Dean of Nursing Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, was one of 20 nursing deans nationwide invited to the launch of Joining Forces, a federal program committed to supporting and encouraging America’s military families. UAB joins more than 500 nursing schools and organizations in committing to enhance research, education, and practice in veterans’ care and to work collaboratively to improve care for military families across the country. UAB already had in place what would become the cornerstones of its efforts on behalf of Joining Forces: the VA Nursing Academy (VANA) and the VA National Quality Scholars Program (VAQS). Both programs give the school an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Birmingham’s VA Medical Center (VAMC). “We’re enhancing the education of our students in a realworld clinical environment, one that places them in direct contact with veterans, their families, and providers who are incredibly skilled and knowledgeable about the unique needs of this population,” explained Harper. “Our veterans are everywhere in this country. Virtually every county in Alabama has mobilized Reserves and National Guard units to go to the Middle East. We also have many veterans from other wars, as well as those who have served during peacetime. Think about the impact of active and combat duty on those families and communities.” Many of the challenges in veterans’ care are related to changes in the military itself. “Because we no longer have a draft, we now have many more citizen soldiers, more deployed Reservists, than ever before,” said Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships Cindy Selleck, DSN, FNP. “The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have created a huge cadre of patients who are not getting their health care at VA facilities. They’re returning from active duty, resuming their civilian lives, and seeking care from local community providers. And often during the assessment process, no one even asks, ‘Are you, or is anyone in your family, a current or former service member?’”

For convenience or other reasons, even career military families often seek care outside the VA system, away from the physicians and nurses who understand them best. A veteran who is admitted to a hospital for a physical reason—a heart attack or stroke, for example—might have an underlying health issue, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), that goes undiagnosed by providers who’ve never seen it before and simply aren’t trained to recognize it. Through VANA, UAB not only is training highly skilled future VA nurses, but also is creating an innovative curriculum to ensure that all of its nursing students become more attuned to the unique needs of veterans and their families. “At the beginning, nursing students do not understand what an impressive responsibility they have, in terms of caring for people and holding patients’ lives in their hands,” said Myra Smith, PhD, RN, who is the former VANA program co-director for the School of Nursing. “Teaching them that crucial lesson is part of their acculturation at UAB. We want to graduate nurse leaders who are change agents and advocates for patients. When it comes to veterans, we want our nurses to understand that what these patients have experienced, whether in combat or civilian life, is different from the experience of someone who has never served in the military. ” Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a retired Army colonel and the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor at the UAB School of Nursing. “There are many behavioral issues that we as care providers might not pick up on, but the spouses do,” Patrician explained. “So it’s very important to listen to these patients and to their spouses and to understand that some of the things they experience with mild traumatic brain injury or PTSD are normal responses to an abnormal

situation. That means we need to do a really good assessment and ask the right questions to determine whether an underlying mental health issue needs to be addressed. A lot of them are grieving the loss of comrades, and we tend not to think about that, but it’s important.” The Department of Veterans Affairs created VANA as a five-year, $60 million pilot program in 2007. Two years later, the UAB School of Nursing and Birmingham VAMC were chosen for the third VANA cohort, becoming one of only 15 VANA sites in the country. Primary goals of VANA include expanding educational opportunities for students; increasing the number of BSN nurses; increasing VA recruitment and retention; and encouraging new nurses to join the VA. From a financial standpoint, the program supports the added faculty needed to increase nursing school enrollment, with those additional students focusing their studies on veterans’ care. Over a three-year period, UAB has graduated 36 VANA students. So far, the VA central office has extended VANA funding for an additional year beyond the pilot program, enabling UAB to enroll a new cohort this fall. “The benefits have been so great that Dean Harper and I made a commitment to each other to continue to sustain elements of the VANA program, with or without continued funding from VA’s central office,” said Birmingham VAMC Chief Nursing Officer Greg Eagerton, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. As Eagerton explained, nurses at the Birmingham VAMC must be educated to serve two very different patient populations: “We have a large population of veterans 60 and older, from the Vietnam era and earlier, but now we’re starting to see a lot of veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, many of whom are in their early twenties. In that older

VA Nurse Scholars Buddy Valentine and Angie Harrison

"We're enhancing the education of our students in a real-world clinical environment. . . with veterans, their families, and providers who are incredibly skilled and knowledgeable about this population." - Dean Doreen C. Harper




A Veteran Educator “If you’ve ever watched an episode of MASH, you have a pretty good idea of what we were doing in Iraq,” said Randy Moore, MSN, RN. Moore, who is completing his doctorate of nursing practice at UAB, is an instructor in the VA Nursing Academy and a 20-year Navy veteran. After graduate school at UAB, he headed for his next duty station at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Given his advanced training in emergency nursing and trauma, he was on the short list for deployment. “About 85 percent of Navy medical assets go with what we call ‘the blue Navy,’ or the seagoing Navy,” Moore explained. “The rest of us choose to ‘go greenside’ and support the Marine Corps, which is what I did. I was in a forward surgical hospital that was deployed in the deserts of Anbar Province in Iraq. Our job was to receive casualties, provide the best care possible, and get our injured Marines where they needed to go.” He said his field experience enhanced his ability to work as a team with a diversity of people. “Also, because I was dealing with young nurses and young hospital corpsmen, I’m comfortable with instructing the 18- to 25-year-old age group, which is characteristic of most nursing students,” he explained. “By the time I get them, in their fourth semester, they’re on the cusp of moving beyond life as a typical college student to life as a professional nurse. We’re trying to teach them to develop anticipatory skills and to take responsibility for their actions and become active learners.” One of the most important lessons he teaches his students isn’t in any text book. “We want them to understand that outstanding medical care is something these veterans have earned through their service,” Moore said. “We want to educate our students to be kind to veterans, to honor their service, and to recognize that all of the freedoms we have are the result of all these generations of patients—men and women who made enormous sacrifices for our country.”


population, we’re dealing with a lot of chronic health care issues. In our younger population, we’re dealing with some traumatic physical injuries—missing limbs, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries—but, sadly, we’re seeing more mental health issues, such as PTSD, schizo-effective disorders, and substance abuse.” A caring and empathetic nature is important for any nurse serving any patient population, and that’s definitely true for nurses who work with the military community, said Kim Froelich, PhD, RN, NE-BC, who is outpatient chief nurse and VANA program co-director at the Birmingham VAMC. “Veterans and their families deserve nurses who care about the people they are serving,” Froelich said, “and that empathy and concern should be evident the moment a nurse enters the patient’s room.” To prepare nurses who possess both the compassion and skill to serve these patients, VANA in Birmingham brings together three key groups: (1) VA Nurse Scholars, who are all BSN or RN Mobility students; (2) master’s-prepared VA nurses chosen to join the School of Nursing faculty and teach students in the program; and (3) School of Nursing faculty who provide mentorship to VA nurses. Unlike students in some VANA programs, UAB’s VA Nurse Scholars are competitively selected. Newly enrolled BSN and RN mobility students must submit an application and go through an interview process. Besides seeking students with a high probability of success and a high degree of professionalism, the School of Nursing also wants VANA candidates with a personal connection to veterans and a real passion for veterans’ care. VA Nurse Scholars take the same courses as other nursing students in the BSN or RN-Mobility program, plus a required online module called Caring for America’s Heroes, focusing on veterans’ care. (This course is an open elective for non-VANA nursing students.) These scholars are taught primarily by VA nurses, some of whom have seen active duty themselves. (Meet VANA Instructor Randy Moore, MSN, RN, at left.) These students have all of their clinical training, with the exception of pediatrics and obstetrics, at the Birmingham VAMC, and they experience veteran-based community health through outpatient rotations. Conversely, VA nurses have received specialized training in the school’s simulation lab. Here, the Birmingham VAMC emergency room staff went through a burn and trauma simulation created by Nanci Swan, MSN, RN, who was recently chosen for the Jonas Nursing Scholars Program for Veterans Health. (The Jonas scholarship will provide funding for her PhD program.) Swan moulaged a simulation mannequin to mimic burn injuries. This high-tech “patient” was also programmed to develop complications from his injuries. Birmingham VAMC Education Coordinator Ellen Smith, MSN, RN-BC, provided standards of care and other VA-specific information to assist with the simulation, which required teams of three ER nurses to initiate care and determine whether to transport to UAB Hospital or complete treatment at the VAMC.

UAB Theatre collaborated with the School of Nursing and the Birmingham VAMC to create realistic training videos. (Video produced by Jana Harris of J.D. Harris Productions)

Another innovative learning opportunity came through a collaboration between the School of Nursing, the Birmingham VAMC, and the UAB Department of Theatre. Norman Keltner, EdD, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, scripted several scenarios depicting both negative and positive nurse-patient interactions with veterans suffering from mental and psychiatric disorders. Actors chosen and prepared by UAB Theatre performed the scenarios, which were videotaped, along with an expert panel discussion analyzing each interaction at the conclusion of each vignette. Keltner worked with Cindy Selleck, Myra Smith, and Kim Froelich. The four collaborated to produce the dramatized scenarios, which not only will be used to train VANA students but will also be sent to VA facilities around the country. “I believe the video scenarios will provide nurses and students with insight into how best to care for mental health patients admitted to an inpatient medical unit,” Froelich said. VAMC nurses who are chosen by the UAB School of Nursing as VANA faculty receive intensive development on

and their families deserve nurses who care about the people they are serving . . ." - Kim Froelich, Birmingham VAMC all aspects of teaching—in the classroom, the clinical setting, and the simulation lab. They also are mentored in scholarship and research. “The VA nurses, particularly their nurse managers and nurse educators, have shown great ability to develop and implement evidence-based studies designed to enhance veterans’ care,” said Myra Smith. “They are learning how to disseminate that information through professional conferences and publications. Our faculty have been instrumental in helping them get the word out about the wonderful care they’re providing. That allows other nurses to learn from their experience and, in turn, share that knowledge with the families and care givers of veterans.” All that support from colleagues in academia, Eagerton said, has been a huge motivator for nurses at the Birmingham VAMC. “We have a high percentage of bachelor’s- and master’s-prepared nurses, and we’ve gone from two or three doctorally prepared nurses—mostly DNPs—to about 18. Our collaboration with the School of Nursing has truly sparked an environment for life-long learning and quality improvement practices, which is wonderful—not just for our nurses but for our patients.”




Inspired to Serve Mary Lee, BSN, RN, has a simple but challenging goal: to make a difference. After graduating from UAB with a health promotion degree in 2003, Lee was on track with a promising position at the YMCA when she realized that she wanted to become an Army nurse. Thanks to the VA Nursing Academy (VANA), she’s well on her way. Lee enlisted in the Army Reserves in August 2007 and then was accepted into the VA Nurse Scholars Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in May 2012, joined the Surgical Intermediate Care/Stroke Unit at UAB Hospital the following month, and then completed officer’s training with the Army. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in August and ultimately hopes to become a MedEvac air flight nurse. Lee said she felt fortunate, as a VA Nurse Scholar, to have studied with instructors who had seen active duty, like Randy Moore, MSN, RN. “It’s one thing to learn about trauma and how to react quickly, but he gave us real-life scenarios, things that actually happened in combat, and that really hit home,” she said. “It gave me this quest for more knowledge because I want to know as much as I can so I’ll be prepared to take care of my patients in those situations.” The “veteran” designation on her name tag, she said, created a special bond with patients during her clinical training at the Birmingham VAMC: “It made it easy to build a rapport with them. No matter what their condition was, they would ask me about my military experience, and I would ask about theirs, and for a moment it would take their mind off what was going on with them medically. They knew I cared about their overall well-being— about where they came from and where they had been—and could put the whole puzzle together.” Lee hopes to make captain within four years and continue adding rank and furthering her education. “I’d like to become a nurse practitioner,” she said, “and just continue to grow in my military career, to gain more responsibility and provide leadership for better patient care.”


VA National Quality Scholars Program While VANA educates veteran-centered nurses, the VA National Quality Scholars (VAQS) Program promotes leadership in quality improvement research. Though it initially offered two-year fellowships only to physicians who had completed their residencies, VAQS began admitting pre-doctoral and post-doctoral nurses in 2009. With ties to the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, VAQS emphasizes interprofessional learning, which it defines as “learning with, from, and about each other.” Faculty consciously model the program in a way that reduces professional territoriality; brings to the forefront any issues that might stand in the way of collaboration; and encourages learning across disciplinary lines. The goal is to produce “change champions” who will lead quality improvement wherever they serve, but particularly in VA medical centers. The Birmimgham VAMC is one of eight VAQS sites nationwide, with The Dartmouth Institute serving as the hub site. Dartmouth coordinates activities across sites and with the VA. Serving as senior scholars in Birmingham are Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN (School of Nursing) and Carlos Estrada, MD, MS (Birmingham VAMC). Estrada is also director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UAB. The VAQS curriculum is delivered through the following: local academic programs; biweekly video teleconferences that foster discussion among scholars both within individual sites and across sites; three educational conferences, all aimed at helping scholars network in person and learn together; and mentored quality improvement projects, all carried out at fellows’ local VA hospitals.“Fellows can come to UAB from anywhere,” Estrada said. “We actually advertise and recruit widely, and the various sites refer applicants to each other.” Fellows have clinical practice time at their VAMCs, giving them an opportunity to see, firsthand, areas for quality improvement and to carry out and evaluate their projects, which have included everything from assessing variations in VA pressure ulcer initiatives to developing educational series on quality and safety improvement for health care professionals. “Strong clinical partners are so important to a school of nursing,” Patrician said. “It’s not only that we send our students there to work and learn, but these hospitals are our laboratories for research so that we can explore ways to improve the quality of patient care.” “Greg Eagerton deserves much of the credit for the success of our nursing Quality Scholars program here in Birmingham,” said Estrada. “Without his support, the nursing program could not have started. I think what he’s doing with his leadership team is preparing the Birmingham VAMC for the future, from a nursing perspective. And now we have the opportunity to create nursing leaders with the specific tools and skills to study, measure, and improve quality.”

One such leader is Army veteran Suzie Miltner, PhD, RNC-OB, CNL, NEA-BC, who recently completed the program and joined the School of Nursing faculty. Miltner said Patrician, whose outstanding work in quality improvement was familiar to her, first got her interested in VAQS at UAB. She also was interested in the VA system itself. “In 2003 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report that basically said the federal government should take the lead in solving the many problems in American health care,” Miltner explained. “The IOM also said the VA and military medicine should be exemplars of how to deliver quality health care. As a veteran and the wife of a veteran, this is personal to me, but I also think the VA gives us an amazing opportunity to be involved with a system that can really make great organizational change and inspire other organizations in the private sector to follow its lead.” “The VA is always redesigning its systems to make them better, and we think it’s wonderful to have talented VAQS fellows contributing to that effort,” Patrician said. “All of their projects have to be conducted at the Birmingham VAMC. If they want to extend projects to UAB Hospital, they can do that after the fellowship, but our primary goal is improving the quality of care for veterans. ” Now a member of the Birmingham VAMC’s quality improvement and evidence-based practice governance council for nurses, Miltner is helping implement quality improvement practices at the hospital. “When we started talking about creating leaders, many people said it could never happen in two years because they didn’t think that was enough time to gain the necessary experience, handson training, and so on,” Estrada said. “But the fellows who have finished this program proved them wrong. A number of them assumed leadership positions soon after completing their fellowships.” Maybe it’s not quantity but quality that counts—not the number of years spent in the program but the richness of the learning experiences it offers. The health care community agrees on the value and importance of interprofessional collaboration. That’s excatly what the VAQS program delivers, in depth, over a two-year period. “Nurses and our physician colleagues are now collaborating to publish and present best practices aimed at improving care outcomes,” Patrician said. “As we continue to build relationships and teams, the quality of health care we deliver—not just to veterans but to everyone in this country—will only get better.”

Veterans and School of Nursing faculty Pat Patrician (left) and Suzie Miltner

"It's not only that we send our students there to work and learn, but these hospitals are our laboratories for research so that we can explore ways to

- Pat Patrician, Veteran and Professor

*All opinions expressed in this story are those of the persons interviewed and do not reflect official positions of the VA.



Alumni Lead In Nursing Excellence written by valerie fraser luesse photography by rob culpepper

(From left):Velinda Block,UAB Hospital and Health System; Greg Eagerton, Birmingham VA Medical Center; Deb Wesley, Children’s of Alabama 12 | UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING

Fewer than 2 percent worldwide— that’s how many hospitals have achieved Magnet status, a designation which recognizes excellence in nursing care, based on superior leadership, innovation, quality, research, and outcomes. The UAB School of Nursing considers it an honor to partner with not one, but two Magnet institutions—UAB Hospital and Children’s of Alabama. “Without question, the Magnet appraisers were impressed by the strength of our partnership with the UAB School of Nursing,” said Velinda Block, DNP ’11, RN, NEA-BC, who is senior AVP/chief nursing officer for UAB Hospital and for the UAB Health System, as well as assistant dean for clinical affairs at the School of Nursing. “We excel in joint research with the faculty, who are outstanding mentors for our nurse researchers. We also have faculty on our quality council.” The school has that same level of collaboration with Children’s, said Senior VP-Chief Nursing Officer Deb Wesley, MSN ’86, RN. “Ours is really an exchange of knowledge and practice,” Wesley said. “We benefit from the knowledge of nationally known experts at the school, while their students have an opportunity to train with a significant pediatric patient population here at Children’s.” Three joint programs reinforce that spirit of collaboration: (1) the Leadership in Nursing Council (LINC), a bridge between UAB Hospital and the school; (2) the new Clinical Scholars Program, a joint venture with Children’s; and (3) Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN), a national program adopted by the School of Nursing, Children’s, UAB Hospital, and another valued partner, the Birmingham VA Medical Center (VAMC). LINC, currently chaired by Assistant Dean for Undergraduate and Preliscensure Programs Rhonda McLain, DSN, RN, provides a channel of communication and a means for the School of Nursing and UAB Hospital to work

together. This council focuses on education and professional development, nursing practice/quality outcomes, and research and scholarship. “LINC provides leadership in responding to current and potential workforce issues that affect professional nursing practice,” explained McLain. “We’re currently revising our undergraduate curriculum, and we’ll definitely get input from nursing leaders at the hospital.” McLain said LINC’s primary goal this year is encouraging registered nurses to complete their bachelor’s degrees, a response to the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing report, which stresses the need for continuing education and lifelong learning. “Also, the hospital has very sophisticated quality improvement processes, and we want to better prepare our students for safe, high-quality practice environments,” she said. “Students want to focus on skills, and they don’t always understand why they must take an informatics and research course. It helps them to hear from hospital staff that quality improvement is ‘real world,’ and that learning to gather and analyze data is a critical competency for nurses.” Sara Day, PhD, RN, recently accepted a joint position as director of nursing research and evidence-based practice at Children’s and associate professor at the School of Nursing. “Each year, we’ll choose about seven scholars, who will develop either a research project or an evidence-based practice project,” Day explained. “My role is to build bridges between the hospital and the university, pairing nurse scholars with faculty mentors who are experts in fields relevant to their research. Most of these nurses will go back to patient care—and that’s what we want—but when you’ve had the experience of actually developing a program that impacts care, it changes how you think and how you approach problems. You look at them more critically and analytically, ultimately providing better nursing care.” Also stressing critical thinking is Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN), a national program established in 2005 to teach quality and safety to nursing students. UAB and its clinical partners implemented the program to give students and professional nurses focused training in the six core QSEN competencies: patient-centered care, patient safety, informatics, evidence-based practice, quality, and teamwork/collaboration. offers free downloads of quality and safety teaching

materials, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The ground-breaking program, which began at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, rolled out in phases, the first two exploring undergraduate education to see how quality and safety were being taught and what changes were needed. Phase III focused on developing faculty and building an infrastructure to disseminate information. Now in its fourth phase, QSEN is focusing on graduate education and the creation of a QSEN Institute at Case Western Reserve University. Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor in nursing at UAB, has been a national QSEN consultant for several years and was recently appointed to AACN’s Strategic Advisory Group for QSEN Phase IV. “QSEN helps teach nurses to recognize how and why frequent errors happen so that they can prevent them,” Patrician said. “It’s also about measuring quality—not just evaluating processes, but actually measuring quality. That means evaluating outcomes and patient satisfaction, as well as our own processes.” The School of Nursing hosted a QSEN kickoff in 2011, inviting leaders from Children’s and UAB Hospital, as well as Chief Nursing Officer Greg Eagerton, DNP, MSN ’91, BSN ’ 85, RN, NEA-BC, and members of his team at the Birmingham VAMC. Like Block and Wesley, Eagerton is a graduate of the school and a longtime partner and collaborator. Since the kickoff, this group has held regular meetings, continuing their efforts to find the best ways of teaching QSEN principles to students and professional nurses alike. Patrician’s counterpart at UAB Hospital is School of Nursing alumnus David James, DNP ’12, MSN ’05, BSN ’98, RN, CCRN. For sometime now, James has been conducting “grand rounds,” during which nurses and faculty apply QSEN knowledge to a particular error or problem. “QSEN is an area where faculty have really helped educate our staff about the importance of the quality and safety agenda and the role a nurse plays there,” Block said, “and not just in our local hospital but from a national perspective, as well.” “We have to infuse into our students a commitment to continual improvement,” Patrician stressed. “Quality and safety are everybody’s job.”



Sustaining Research to Save Young Lives Wally Carlo and June Cho

Tiny patients get a healthier start, thanks to ground-breaking research at UAB. written by valerie fraser luesse photography by rob culpepper


Some partnerships were meant to be, and it would be difficult to imagine a more perfect one than June Cho, PhD, RN, and Wally Carlo, MD. An assistant professor of nursing, Cho sought out Carlo when she first came to UAB in 2008. Carlo, a worldrenowned neonatologist and researcher, is the Edwin M. Dixon Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Neonatology at UAB. Cho was eager to discuss her work with very low birth-weight preterm infants. Working with mother-preterm pairs, Cho had been studying gender differences in infant health, in mother-infant interactions, and in infant cognitive, motor, and language development. The literature suggested that preterm boys have more health issues than girls—and that testosterone might somehow be related. Cho wanted to zero in on the relationship between the mother’s stress level, her baby’s testosterone level, and the baby’s cognitive, motor, and language development. She also wanted to study how these hormones affect interaction between mother and child. “When I explained my hypothesis to Dr. Carlo and other research collaborators at UAB, they immediately understood,” said Cho. “So it was a very smooth start. I feel incredibly fortunate.” Carlo helped her put together a team anchored by Kenneth McCormick, MD, director of the UAB Pediatrics Division of Endocrinology, and Fred Biasini, PhD, director of UAB’s Lifespan Developmental Psychology Program. “We are very interested in doing collaborative research with other investigators throughout the university,” Carlo explained. “Collaboration brings people together from different fields, people with different interests and perspectives. It moves us forward faster by giving us a broader understanding of the issues. Dr. Cho came to us with great ideas for a project on hormones. We thought the project was very innovative, so we were eager to support her research program.”

A Dean’s Scholar Award funded a one-year pilot study for Cho. Such funds are strategic investments by the UAB School of Nursing to help researchers develop pilot projects that ultimately lead to federal funding. In Cho’s case, promising results from that initial study led to a successful bid for a two-year R21 grant for $407,875 from the National Institute of Health (NIH). “Dr. Cho really has had a nice trajectory of research,” said Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is one of Cho’s mentors within the School of Nursing. “She’s extremely hard-working, and she wisely seeks Dr. Carlo’s advice on publication and team-building. He is a great mentor.”


highly specialized fields, the university has the infrastructure to propel research forward and sustain it over time. By sharing both financial resources and intellectual capital, the School of Nursing can tap into those resources, offering researchers like Cho the opportunity to discover new knowledge that informs clinical practice and improves care for patients—even the tiniest, most vulnerable ones. Through Cho’s research with her UAB team, she has learned that cortisol and testosterone levels rise and fall together in infants and fetuses. Elevated stress in an expectant mother raises her cortisol level—and that of the fetus—which means testosterone levels also rise. Higher testosterone in preterm babies is associated with increased health risks. These babies are already prone to serious health problems as they develop, Cho said, and they have socioeconomic hurdles to overcome, as well. Preterm birthrates are higher among younger, poorer, minority women, she said. One great benefit to the study was that she and her collaborators were able to provide these mothers with information and access to care and assistance. But Cho still has many more questions to answer. As she applies for an R01 NIH grant to sustain her research, she knows that her successful collaboration with Carlo, McCormick, and Biasini, as well as the resources they generously share with her, will be a deciding factor. “I’m a beginner—I’m not a senior researcher,” Cho said. “So it’s very important that I demonstrate the ability to form a great research team. I could never do that without my collaborators. Dr. McCormick and Dr. Biasini provide expertise in endocrinology and developmental psychology, and Dr. Carlo is a wonderful mentor. He once sent me an article while he was traveling. That might seem like a small gesture, but it was very encouraging.” “In many fields of health care, including nursing, more research is being taught as part of the clinical programs because it’s important not only to be able to do research, but

also to understand the research that is being published,” Carlo explained. “Every day, hundreds of manuscripts are published in medicine, and most of them are research based. So if clinicians know how to do research, they will be better able to review those papers and understand how the results apply to clinical care. That’s so important because a large part of our purpose—I would say one of our main purposes—in doing research is to improve patient care.” Cho’s ultimate goal is to develop an affordable screening for elevated cortisol/testosterone and develop a stressreduction intervention for expectant mothers. The hope is that reducing stress in mothers would lower babies’ testosterone and, consequently, reduce health risks. “Babies are innocent,” Cho said. “They’re just beginning life. They have no control over what happens to them. I would like to see us give them a healthier start and a brighter future. ”

- June Cho, PhD, RN



New Coalition to Advance Health Care in Alabama UAB leadership is key to a new statewide effort to reach the underserved. written by valerie fraser luesse

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This year marks a new beginning for Alabama—more specifically, for people in the state who do not have access to health care. In December 2011, Alabama health care leaders, as well as stakeholders in business and education, came together and agreed to apply to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation for official designation as a health action coalition. They submitted a proposal in January 2012, and Alabama was accepted the following month, which means the new Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC) will receive resources from both of those foundations. Now begins the difficult and important work of transforming health care throughout the entire state. “Given our sheer numbers and our position at the front lines of patient care, nurses are well-positioned to play a leadership role as all of us—patients, providers, and payers—work together to reinvent health care in Alabama,” said School of Nursing Dean Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The health care community realizes that it’s not about doctors and nurses. It’s about our patients. It’s about the people we serve. No single discipline can take this on. It’s much too big for any one of us. And there are far too many people with complex health care needs who are looking to us for answers.” In national rankings, Harper said, Alabama’s health care indicators hover somewhere between 46 and 50, with extremely high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, infant mortality—just about every statistic you can name. “That’s unacceptable,” she said. “We know we have a very long way to go, but it’s exciting to see Alabama nurses join forces with our colleagues from medicine, as well as providers and payers and other community leaders to see what we can accomplish together.” The goals of AL-HAC are to implement recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 Future of Nursing report; to address initiatives of the federally sponsored Healthy People 2020, which sets 10-year goals for improving Americans’ health; to address specific state health care initiatives; and to provide a platform for key stakeholders to work together and coordinate their efforts. Nursing co-leaders of AL-HAC are School of Nursing Visiting Professor Kathleen Ladner, PhD, RN, FACHE, and Carol J. Ratcliffe, DNP, RN, CNOR, FACHE, who is vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at St. Vincent’s East. Ladner and Ratcliffe are president and president-elect, respectively, of the Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives. Both are alumnae of the UAB School of Nursing. To give the state’s many nursing organizations a united voice for AL-HAC efforts, the coalition established a new constituency group. Alabama Nurse Leaders in Education and Practice (ANLEP) will serve as a hub for nursing organizations throughout the state, working closely with them to coordinate the flow of information to and from AL-HAC and its collaborating partners. Those partners

“I think collaboration is essential to improving our health care statistics in Alabama . . .” -Michael Harrington, MD

include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the Alabama Hospital Association, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA). “I think collaboration is essential to improving our health care statistics in Alabama,” said Michael Harrington, MD. Harrington is president of MASA and chairs the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UAB. “We shouldn’t be 47th, 48th, or 49th,” he said. “We ought to be much better than that. Good health is the

key to so many other things. A healthy state means a stronger workforce, which supports a better economy, which means better education—they’re all connected. I want to see these statistics improve. I want to see Alabama move up the ranks and improve the health of its citizens.” AL-HAC will hold a summit in 2013 to create an Alabama Health Action Agenda and organize interdisciplinary task forces to begin addressing the state’s many health issues. The challenges are formidable. According to the Office of Primary and Rural Health in Alabama, 55 of the state’s 67 counties are rural, and 44 percent of Alabama’s 4.7 million people live in these areas, where quality care is scarce. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 19 percent of Alabamians live below the poverty level. The United Health Foundation ranks Alabama 49th nationally for infant mortality. Alabama has a shortage of nurses, physicians, dentists, mental health professionals, physical

therapists, and other allied health professionals. The situation is serious—but not hopeless. AL-HAC plans to begin its journey by focusing on these goals: Building an infrastructure for collecting and analyzing interprofessional health care workforce data Enhancing interprofessional collaboration Supporting diversity Supporting Healthy People 2020 Removing barriers to practice for all providers Increasing the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees Doubling the number of nurses with doctorates “We’ve got to figure out what’s best for the citizens of Alabama, and how the health care community can best work together to deliver quality care in an efficient, affordable manner,” Ladner stressed. “We absolutely must collaborate, maximize our resources, and figure out what’s best for all.” UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING | 17


Partnering to Build A Global Workforce written by valerie fraser luesse photography by rob culpepper

This summer, five representatives from the UAB School of Nursing, along with colleagues from the schools of Medicine and Health Professions, traveled to Zambia for the Professional Global Health Fellows Program. The trip was funded by a U.S. State Department grant spearheaded by Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant dean for international affairs and deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center on International Nursing at UAB. Since 2006, Wilson has been working with partners on a variety of projects in Zambia, particularly an HIV nurse practitioner program. Two years ago, she partnered with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, another PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center, and successfully applied for a State Department grant to fund professional development fellowships. The grant provided funding for 12 health professionals from Malawi and 13 from Zambia to spend four weeks in the U.S. They all spent two weeks at UAB, where faculty offered a course on interprofessional education, and then each of the Zambians stayed two more weeks in Birmingham, working with a faculty member in their field, attending classes and clinical sites, and learning about teaching resources. The Malawians did the same thing in San Francisco, under the leadership of Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health and International Programs Sally Rankin, PhD, RN, FAAN. Wilson said she has long hoped to get more faculty involved in global work, but costs can be prohibitive, which is why grants like this are essential: “We’re partnering primarily with the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia (UNZA) but also with Zambia’s National Institute of Public Administration. 18 | UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING

An interprofessional team traveled to Zambia this summer for the Professional Global Health Fellows Program. Making the journey were (standing, from left) Ella Sorscher; Mickey Trimm, PhD, MBA, BS; Comfort Enah, PhD, RN; Sharon Shaw, DrPH, MA; Lisa Theus, MSPH; Patty Perez, PhD, MS, BS; (seated, from left) Hughes Evans, MD; Elizabeth Crooks, MSN, RN; Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN; Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN; Penni Watts, MSN, RN.

During the first week of our trip, we met with colleagues at the university and visited community and clinical sites. The second week, we structured sessions so that UAB faculty could work individually with Zambian faculty in their respective fields.” Zambia’s critical need is building capacity in the nursing workforce, despite a lack of essential resources. Still, there is progress. Limited faculty and nursing schools have committed to rapidly increasing the number of nurses and enhancing the quality of their experiences. Distanceeducation workshops that Wilson led several years ago helped set the stage for UNZA to offer its first distance-based bachelor’s degree this fall—the difference between admitting 40 or 50 students and enrolling 350, who will be qualified to teach once they graduate. Through a grant from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, Penni Watts, MSN, RN, also spent a week in Zambia this summer. As director of clinical simulation and training at the UAB schools of Nursing and Health Professions, Watts helped UNZA strengthen its clinical simulation and skills lab, providing better learning opportunities for students. The next step is exploring ways for American and Zambian students to learn together online, despite Zambia’s uneven internet access. “We’ll be working together to develop a small pilot,” Wilson said, “and see how we might enable nursing students in very different parts of the world to learn together.”


Luckie Celebrating the

Legacy of Giving written by anita smith photography by steve wood

A quarter of a century ago, the Luckie legacy of giving to the UAB School of Nursing was launched by Robert E. “Bob” Luckie, Jr., when he funded a nursing scholarship in memory of his late wife, Lois Drolet Luckie. Then came the school’s second Luckie scholarship, supported by Bob and the four Luckie children: Robert E. “Bobby” Luckie, III, Thomas G. “Tom” Luckie, Katherine “Kay” Luckie Shackleford, and Anne Luckie Cobb. This fall, Bobby Luckie becomes chair of the school’s senior community-support board, the Board of Visitors (BOV). This occurs during the 20th-anniversary year of the BOV – a board envisioned by School of Nursing Dean Emerita Rachel Z. Booth—which became

a reality with Bob Luckie as key community organizer. Beginning in 2006, the School’s Junior Board of Visitors ( JBOV) took root with leadership from Founding Chair Mary Katherine Luckie Cabaniss, who is the daughter of Bobby and his wife, Jill. Recently, a new studentservices area on the first floor of the School of Nursing received support from a gift specified in the will of Bob Luckie, who died in February 2007. Dean Doreen C. Harper refers to this Luckie legacy of support as “a treasure for our school and our students.” This article – featuring Bobby Luckie and his daughter Mary Katherine – speaks to the “why” behind the Luckie legacy of giving to

Robert E. “Bobby” Luckie, III (left) with daughter Mary Katherine Luckie Cabaniss

the UAB School of Nursing.




Lois Drolet Luckie was a slender-and-pretty, bright, modest, blonde-haired woman driven by a devout spiritual faith and a strong sense of family. Lois also was a woman with a zesty love of life and a low-key ability to influence good things from behind the scenes. “My dad told me that it was Mama who encouraged him to set up his own business,” said Bobby Luckie, speaking of the successful Luckie & Company advertising and public relations firm that Bob Luckie founded. “When Dad was considering going out on his own, he knew that, as a husband and father with responsibilities, it was risky to leave his good, steady advertising sales job at The Birmingham News. But Mama said, ‘If you don’t try, Bob, you’ll never know what you could have accomplished.’ ” Lois Luckie deeply touched her husband, children, and grandchildren not only through her nurturing but also through her enthusiasm and sense of humor. “Oh, my grandmother could be mischievous,” firstborn granddaughter Mary Katherine recalled with a laugh. “Could she ever!” agreed Bob and Lois’s oldest son, Bobby. “I remember one day when I was watching an Alabama football game with Mama, who so enjoyed it. I had brought along a football for our game-watching, and when Alabama made a great play, I pitched the football to Mama. At one point, Mama promptly kicked that football with such enthusiasm that it sailed straight upward into her chandelier and broke one of the bulb-holders. As she rearranged the broken bulb-holder to hide the result of her wayward kick, she exclaimed, ‘Don’t tell Bob about this!’ Mama was something else!”

A Deep and Painful Loss

Portraits of the late Robert E. “Bob” Luckie, Jr., and his wife, Lois Drolet Luckie 20 | UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING

Following a long breast-cancer battle, Lois Luckie was admitted for her last hospitalization in mid-April 1987, to what is now known as UAB Hospital. Medical science had prolonged her life but could not save it. Sustained by her strong Catholic faith, Lois accepted her fate and never complained. “Mama was so brave, a real trouper, continuing to teach us by example even as she lay dying,” said Bobby. “From the time Mama came into the hospital until she died, 37 days passed,” said Bobby. “For us in the family, knowing we were losing her was like living a 37-day nightmare. Making that nightmare bearable was the compassion, love, and care shown to Mama by doctors, nurses, and others on the hospital staff. They were wonderful. Until Mama got sick, I had never had any real experience with nurses. Following Mama’s sickness and death, our family could never forget what those nurses did. There was one nurse, UAB nursing graduate Holli Kemper, (later Holli Kemper Mock), who especially connected with Mama and was so good to her.”

Mary Katherine said the nurses’ outreach helped Lois and all those who loved her: “Those of us in our family were a wreck. Those nurses took care of us, too. Good nurses just have these abilities that I so appreciate.” After Lois died on May 21, 1987, at age 69, her husband, Bob, funded a scholarship at the UAB School of Nursing in her memory. The scholarship also honors nurse Holli and her colleagues who took care of Lois and the Luckie family.

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The Giving Spirit of Bob Luckie Time and again, Bob Luckie showed his appreciation by giving. “Dad didn’t want credit for giving—he just wanted to give,” said Bobby. He always said, “It’s much better to give than to receive.” Mary Katherine said her grandfather’s desire to give was so compelling that she thinks he was “partly driven to make money so he would have some money to give away.” From Mary Katherine’s perspective, that giving spirit spread in the Luckie family. “As children we were raised to believe that you give,” she said, “and that even when people can’t give money, they can still give time.” Both Bobby and Mary Katherine have vivid memories of the strong persona of the father/grandfather they loved. They remember Bob Luckie’s talents to lead and succeed. They remember his jokes and infectious laughter. They remember his powerful love for his family and community. And they remember his giving. Bobby said his dad was so driven to give that Bob looked back and regretted periods in his life when he could not give in the way he wanted. “That was true in the case of a lady named Rose, who took care of Dad’s mother when she was in such bad health,” recalled Bobby. “When I was just a young boy, I went with Dad to visit my sick grandmother; I met Rose and saw how she loved and cared for my grandmother. In later years, Dad told me, ‘Bobby, Rose was so good to my mother. One of my regrets in life is that back then I wasn’t making enough money to really do something special financially to show my appreciation to Rose.’ Years after Rose had died, when Dad was making his annual contribution to a local newspaper-sponsored Goodfellows Fund to buy Christmas gifts for needy children, each year he made that donation in memory of Rose.”

Glad to Support the School Both Bobby and Mary Katherine are glad that Bob

Luckie chose to support the UAB School of Nursing and that they have followed in his footsteps in this regard. As Bobby spoke about his own hopes and plans for the period he will chair the Board of Visitors (BOV), he talked of the need to continue longstanding BOV projects, such as scholarships, and he also spoke of hopes for starting new BOV

and that even when people can’t give money, they can still give time.” - Mary Katherine Luckie Cabaniss

initiatives. “I would like to see our board support efforts in Alabama to make broader use of nurse practitioners in areas that have many needy people and very limited health care access,” he said. “The Board of Visitors is a strong board, and I believe we could make an impact through our support of the good work that nurse practitioners can do.” As for Mary Katherine, she continues to be active in the Junior Board of Visitors ( JBOV), which she helped establish six years ago as founding chair. Although she has been involved in several community-service endeavors over the years, she said serving on the JBOV holds a closeness to her heart that’s unique. “My family is and has been so involved in supporting UAB’s School of Nursing,” she said. “This is very special to me!” Mary Katherine said that she and some fellow JBOV members have been fascinated about a particular characteristic of the senior BOV: “We have noticed that when people become BOV members, they tend to become so attached that they don’t want to rotate off the board after a period of service, as is customary with many community boards. Most BOV members have not gotten off; they have continued to serve. Well, guess what? Members of the JBOV are forming the same committed attitude. We get on the JBOV, become attached to the mission, and want to keep on serving and supporting the education of great nurses.”


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Julia “Judy” Powell, BSN ’71

ALUMNI GIVING written by valerie fraser luesse

Every single day here at the School of Nursing, we have reason to be grateful to the many generous alumni who support our Annual Fund. Our Annual Fund helps close the gap between what we have and what we need. Through annual gifts, our alumni enable us to continue the important work of removing barriers to health care, not just here in Alabama, but around the world. “The School of Nursing is introducing a number of leadership gift clubs to recognize Annual Fund donors who have decided to make giving to the school a priority and lend their support every year,” said Jeannie Horton, senior director of development and alumni affairs. “Membership is renewable annually and is based on the cumulative 22 | UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING

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amount given to the Annual Fund within the year. We’re also offering convenient multi-year pledges to help our donors plan their continuing gifts and to cut down on the number of annual solicitations.” Julia “Judy” Powell (BSN ’71) is among those alumni whose faithful generosity to the Annual Fund has had a continuing impact on the school. As senior vice president of patient services for National HealthCare Corporation, based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Powell oversees a support department of all clinical disciplines—dietetics, social work, nursing, nursing informatics, health information, and recreation—for a corporation serving 11 states with 75 nursing homes, over 30 home care programs, assisted/independent living facilities, a hospice company, and rehabilitation services. The company also runs a nonprofit foundation which supports physician and nursing education in longterm-care geriatrics. Powell said she enjoys working in a field where the needs are so great and the environment is constantly changing. That’s one of many reasons why she wants to support UAB’s efforts to prepare the next generation of nurses to serve this patient population. “The UAB community and the Birmingham medical community have a number of known researchers in geriatrics, so they recognize a need that I consider very important,” Powell said. “But I also think it is important for all of us who have enjoyed wonderful careers in nursing to support the development of future nurses. I’ve been successful, and part of my success I owe to the UAB School of Nursing. I think I have an obligation to give back.”

There weren’t very many men in nursing back when Terry Harrell (BSN ’77) and a friend dared each other to enroll. Harrell followed through, and his nursing education prepared him for a career he never could have anticipated. Initially, he thought he wanted to become a nurse anesthetist. But after completing his bachelor’s degree, he decided to work in a hospital setting—one year in emergency care and three in the operating room—before continuing his education. About the time he decided anesthesia wasn’t for him, he was offered a job with a pacemaker manufacturer who needed someone with clinical experience to attend implants. Harrell’s career in medical sales had begun. “In the mid-90s, a colleague and I happened onto a product used in reconstructive plastic surgery, and we’ve been dealing in that field for about 17 years now,” said Harrell. Their Birmingham-based company was purchased by Synovis Life Technologies, which recently was purchased by Baxter, a global health care corporation. “We have become a very small part of a very, very large company,” said Harrell, who is director of sales for a division called Synovis Micro Companies Alliance. “I do most of our clinical evaluation of products and our clinical training with the sales group. I’m also liaison to our surgeon

customers. So I use my nursing education every day. It has helped me tremendously.” Harrell said he contributes to the School of Nursing’s Annual Fund because he wants to help open doors for future nurses. “I always thought it was right to give back,” he said. “There are talented students out there who might not have the financial wherewithal to pay for an education, and I want them to have the opportunities that I’ve enjoyed. It’s just the right thing to do.” The Annual Fund is the school’s main source of unrestricted income, giving the dean flexibility to meet emerging needs of students and faculty. These important charitable fund donations help us prepare the nurse leaders of tomorrow. “It goes without saying that we are sincerely grateful for any gift at any level,” said Horton. “But those alumni, faculty, and friends of the school who regularly contribute to the Annual Fund are especially appreciated because they enable us to plan more effectively, knowing what funds we can count on to fulfill our mission year after year.” Ready to participate? Please visit or contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 205-975-8936.

A Special Thanks The UAB School of Nursing would like to recognize and express our sincere appreciation to distinguished alumna Dr. Carol Z. Garrison for her many years of leadership and service to the University, the city of Birmingham, and the state of Alabama. As president of UAB for the past decade, she has worked tirelessly to solidify this university’s positioning as a national leader in academics, research, and interprofessional collaboration. She always aimed to attract the best and brightest students to UAB, and she beautifully transformed the campus to create a more vibrant hub for student activity and scholarship. Under her leadership, the footprint of innovative health science and research expanded, state-of-the-art medical facilities were built, and extramural funding increased. Our university and our School of Nursing are stronger because of her constant nurturing and vision for excellence. We are equally grateful to her husband, Julian Banton, for his generous 2005 contribution establishing the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professorship in the UAB School of Nursing. The Banton family has long recognized the importance ton Ca of advanced practice nursing and nursing leadership in the health an rol B Z. G an care setting. For generations to come, this endowed professorship Juli arris d n on, PhD, MSN ’76 a will support faculty who are leaders in nursing education, with a special emphasis on improving clinical care and the experience of the professional nurses who provide it. This endowment continues to make a powerful and positive impact on patient care by providing important mentorship opportunities for nurses as they prepare to enter professional practice. We wish Dr. Garrison and her family all the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives. Their contributions to UAB and to the nursing profession will continue producing outstanding educational opportunities that will transform health care for many years to come.


Rita Jablonski

Joins School of Nursing This summer the UAB School of Nursing welcomed a new associate professor and renowned nurse researcher, Rita Jablonski, PhD, RN, ANP. We caught up with her as she prepared to share her passion for research with UAB students. interview by valerie fraser luesse photography by rob culpepper

Q: What convinced you to join the UAB faculty? A: The biggest factor was collaboration. Everybody works together here, and with my work in geriatrics,

I depend on team members from other disciplines, such as dentistry and medicine. Also, there were so many amazing people in geriatrics at UAB. I knew that by being here, I could disseminate the work that I’m doing much faster, while looking into new areas that are best explored at an academic medical center.

Q: Tell us about the research you plan to continue here. A: I’m trying to develop interventions to improve oral care among nursing home residents who have

dementia and who are care-resistant. My interventions are basically kinder, gentler ways to modify the environment to promote safety, well-being, and dignity. And what’s special about my population of interest is that they’ve been systematically excluded from most research. You’ll find interventions to improve the oral care of older adults in nursing homes, but many of those studies exclude anyone who could not give consent—which eliminates anyone with dementia. And even those studies that do include residents with dementia often exclude anyone who is uncooperative–which rules out the very people I’m trying to help. 24 | UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING

Q: How did your early experience as a nursing assistant in a nursing home shape your research interests in geriatrics? A: In the late seventies, nursing assistants were not certified, so I had one

week of training. We learned on the job. Early in my career, we weren’t as aware of the different types of dementia, and we didn’t understand why behaviors that work with one person might not work with another. Science at the time recommended “reorienting” patients when they became confused—for example, when they mentally went back in time to a year when their spouse was still alive. Every time we corrected them— “your spouse died ten years ago” —they would experience that loss again, which seemed to me unkind and unnecessary. We were required to use physical restraints, which were thought to promote safety. Then one day, a nurse researcher came to our nursing home to try different methods of care, and I realized immediately that she was going to make a difference. Later, I experienced how two nurse researchers from the University of Pennsylvania—Lois Evans and Neville Strumpf—demonstrated that restraints actually increase injuries in the nursing home population. The work of Evans and Strumpf effectively eliminated restraints from nursing homes, affecting quality of life for countless patients. That’s why I’m passionate about clinical research. You can see outcomes improve before your eyes.

Q: As your research progresses, you’ll have sites in Pennsylvania and Alabama. Why is this study so important? A: My mantra is that mouth care is oral infection control. Poor mouth care can lead to periodontal disease, pneumonia, and mouth infections. It has even been linked to cardiovascular disease and can have ramifications for people with diabetes. What I’ve realized through this study is that nursing assistants know how to do mouth care; what they don’t know is how to manage resistant behavior. I think this research can make a difference.

Q: Will you also be spending time in the classroom at UAB? A: Absolutely. I love teaching. Most of my research assistants in Pennsylva-

nia are nursing students, and I hope to continue that at UAB. Undergraduates read about research in their text books and think it’s boring, but when they actually get to participate, it comes alive for them. I succeeded because of amazing mentors. Now it’s my turn. I want to share my passion for aging and my love of research with the next generation.

Bio Highlights • Former assistant professor, The Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing; faculty member, John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State; Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University • Research funding from the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Nursing, and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research • Editorial Board, Journal of Gerontological Research • 2009 Brookdale Leadership in Aging Fellow • Education: University of Virginia (PhD); Virginia Commonwealth University (Certificate in Aging Studies); University of Pennsylvania (Adult Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate); LaSalle University (MSN); and Holy Family College (BSN)

Nurse Anesthesia Program Joins School The School of Nursing is excited to announce that the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Program has officially joined our ranks. In a unanimous decision, the faculty voted to transition this prestigious program from the School of Health Professions to its new home, effective August 1, 2012. “We’re absolutely thrilled to make Nurse Anesthesia part of our school,” said Dean of Nursing Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Already, we’ve created a new Nurse Anesthesia Program Fund to provide cutting-edge technology and to offer innovative learning opportunities for students. The fund also will offer sponsorships to enable students to attend annual meetings of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. At the same time, we’re inviting our very generous alumni to contribute to Nurse Anesthesia scholarships and make this rewarding career path possible for deserving students.” “Incorporating the Nurse Anesthesia Program into our school broadens the educational, research, and practice horizons of all our students, promoting our acute care advanced practice nursing programs,” said Harper. “This program encourages interprofessional collaboration, not only between nursing and anesthesiology, but also between nursing and acute critical care medicine. It’s a great example of how the UAB School of Nursing is continually building on a strong legacy of leadership in these specialities.”


UAB school by of nursing the numbers INnovative Programs

1 in 4 ACROSS ALL PROGRAMS 1 in 6 BACHELOR’S 1 in 3 MASTER’S 1 in 3 DOCTORAL Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center in 2013

SERVICE With active board of visitors



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The UAB School of Nursing deeply appreciates the ongoing support of our alumni and friends. It is an honor to recognize, through the following list, supporters whose generosity continues to be of vital importance to the school in achieving its mission and vision. The following individuals, corporations, and foundations made gifts to the School of Nursing between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing. For correction, please notify the UAB School of Nursing Development and Alumni Relations Office at (205) 975.8936 or

Leadership Gifts $1 Million & Above The Thomas H. and Jarman F. Lowder Foundation

$100,000 to $999,999 Hill Crest Foundation, Inc. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation

$25,000 to $99,999 The Harry B. & Jane H. Brock Foundation Dr. Bruce E. Burns and Ms. Eileen S. Meyer The Comer Foundation

$10,000 to $24,999 Altec/Styslinger Foundation Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama Susan G. Komen Foundation The Eileen N. Mahan Estate Mrs. Minnie H. Rast Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation Mrs. Jean Riley Tomlinson

$5,000 to $9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Herman D. Bolden Mr. Everett H. Holle Mr. Glade M. Knight Ms. Twila J. Steffy Dr. Elizabeth Stullenbarger (MSN 1982, DSN 1984) UAB Health System

$1,000 to $4,999 Aliant Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Bagby Jean C. Bates (BSN 1980) and Steven M. Bates

Mr. and Mrs. Cary G. Beck Mrs. Kimberlee W. Benos (BSN 1986) Dr. Velinda J. Block (DNP 2010) and Mr. Branson J. Block Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Mr. and Mrs. James B. Boone Jr. Dr. Rachel Z. Booth and Mr. Richard B. Booth Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Bromberg Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William W. Brooke Burr & Forman, LLP Dr. Larry W. Carter Mr. and Mrs. Marcus S. Cassimus The Charles E. Flowers Society Ms. Patricia J. Cleveland (BSN 1973, MSN 1975) Dominion Management, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Billy D. Eddleman Ms. Jana L. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. William M. Ferguson First Presbyterian Church of Sheffield, Alabama Dr. Dorothy K. Gauthier and Dr. Joseph J. Gauthier Mr. John F. Germany The Joy & Bill Harbert Foundation Inc. Dr. Doreen C. Harper and Mr. William A. Harper Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Helveston Dr. Constance S. Hendricks (MSN 1981, BSN 1974) Dr. Judith K. Holcombe (MSN 1972, DSN 1985) and Mr. George W. Holcombe Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Fay B. Ireland Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Jones Jr. Dr. Priscilla L. Koeplin (DSN 1991) and Mr. Jacque F. Lemone Mrs. Rose Marie Lee Mr. Thomas H. Lowder Dr. William R. Lucas Mrs. Sue Ellen Lucas (MSN 1980) and Mr. Michael L. Lucas Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Luckie III Robert and Lois Luckie Charitable

Foundation Mrs. Barrett B. MacKay (MSN 1979) and Mr. Rick M. MacKay Dr. Charles A. McCallum Jr. Ms. Patty L. McDonald Dr. Karen M. Meneses Ms. Susan H. Miller Dr. Linda D. Moneyham and Mr. Gary E. Moneyham Mrs. Barbara A. O’Brien (DIPL 1964) and Mr. Robert M. O’Brien Dr. Marie L. O’Koren (MSN 1958) Mr. Henry Oliner Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Philips III Dr. Bonita Ann Pilon (DSN 1988) and Mr. Richard H. Smith Mrs. Julia W. Powell (BSN 1971) and Mr. Joe D. Powell Mr. William Poynter Mr. and Mrs. James M. Reddinger John & Delia Robert Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. E. Brian Robertson Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ronald R. Roscoe (BSN 1967) and Mrs. Gail C. Roscoe Dr. Cynthia S. Selleck (DSN 1987) and Mr. Thomas Crown Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Sexton Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Simon Dr. Bettye Jane Smith Dr. D’Ann W. Somerall (BSN 1995, MSN 1999, DNP 2011) and Dr. William E. Somerall Jr. SOS Foundation of Jefferson County Southern Nuclear Operating Company Sterne Agee Group, Inc. Mr. Edwin Sweeten Mrs. Lucille R. Thompson Transatlantic Reinsurance Company Dr. Susan E. Trippet (DSN 1988) The UAB Educational Foundation Mr. and Mrs. C. Lee Walls Sr. Mrs. Peggy E. Weldon (DIPL 1969) and Dr. Howard S. Weldon Jr.

$500 to $999 Mr. Ian Arnof Mrs. Lori Baxter (BSN 1984) and Mr. Jeff Baxter Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Brock Jr. Mrs. Andrea C. Burton Children’s Health System Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Cook Ms. Virginia E. DeBardeleben Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney DeBardeleben Dr. Joy P. Deupree (BSN 1994, MSN 1997) and Mr. James L. Deupree Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Dreher Mr. and Mrs. Guy Harold Dunaway Col. and Mrs. John W. Eastman Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Eastwood II Emory University Dr. Juanzetta S. Flowers (MSN 1983, DSN 1985) Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Hobbs IV Ms. Judith Coleman Ireland Jemison Investment Co., Inc. Mrs. Valerie M. Jones (BSN 1988) and Mr. Terrell Jones Dr. Norman L. Keltner and Dr. Joan G. Keltner (MSN 1980, DSN 1989) Mr. Bradford Kidd* and Mrs. Margaret C. Kidd Ms. Eleanor E. Kidd* Dr. Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Ms. Beverly A. Layton (BSN 1978) Ms. Carol A. Linn (BSN 1986) Mr. and Mrs. John L. Moss Mrs. Dratha A. Neumann (BSN 1970, MSN 1979) and Mr. W. F. Neumann III Mr. and Mrs. Brad A. Osborne Mrs. April M. Ray (BSN 2002) and Dr. Jason Thomas Banks Mr. David E. Smith Jr. Ms. Barbara S. Stewart Mr. and Mrs. J. Vance Suttle Tenet Mr. and Mrs. R. Barry Luther Mr. and Mrs. James A. Todd Jr. Ms. Virginia G. Yates and Mr. Edward J. Hanz UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING | 27

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Alumni & Friends giving up to $499 Donors below are listed alpabetically by last name of alumni or primary donors Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Abernathy Ms. Sue Abramson Mrs. Jennifer W. Buckley (BSN 1998) Ms. Cindi S. Akins Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Aland Ms. Delisa Alford (BSN 2006) Mr. Errol C. Allan Mr.Bibb I. Allen Sr.* and Mrs. Louise Irving Allen Mrs. Tami E. Anderson (MSN 1986) and Mr. Kevin Anderson Ms. Faye Anderson Anita Smith and Company, Inc. Ms. Lauren Antia Dr. Sheila A. Anwah (BSN 2008, MSN 2010) Mrs. Carol Burkley Aquilino (DIPL 1965) and Mr. Chris Aquilino Mr. and Mrs. Keith B. Arendall The Arlington School Mr. Bobby R. Armstrong (BSN 1985) AT&T Foundation Auburn University Foundation Mrs. Joan E. Aultman (MSN 1994) and Mr. R. Stephen Aultman Col. Mary Ann Austin (MSN 1979) and Mr. Warren R. Austin Ms. Laura A. Averette (BSN 1995, MSN 2000) Mr. Bobby G. Aycock Ms. Linda S. Baas (MSN 1980) Mrs. Judith T. Bacon (DIPL 1962) and Mr. George L. Bacon Ms. Joselyn Bacon (BSN 1971) Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Bailey Dr. Natalie C. Baker (BSN 1985, MSN 1990, DNP 2010) and Dr. Timothy D. Baker Mrs. Lisa Baldone (BSN 1983, MSN 2009) and Mr. Sam Lusco Mrs. Jo Medlin Ballard Mrs. Debra H. Balzli (BSN 1978, MSN 2007) and Mr. Cliff Balzli Mrs. Linda F. Barber (MSN 1984) Maj. Carrie B. Barnes (BSN 1986) Mrs. Kay Stephens Barnett (DIPL 1969) and Mr. Dwayne Barnett Mrs. Nancy P. Barnett (BSN 1977) and Mr. Richard Barnett Mrs. Donna B. Barnhart (DIPL 1969) and Mr. David L. Barnhart Mrs. Nancy H. Barton (BSN 1973) and Mr. J. C. Barton Mrs. Ruth H. Bartow Ms. Cynthia S. Bass (MSN 1991) Ms. Erica D. Battle (BSN 1997) Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Beck Mrs. Emily Bellard (MSN 1988) Mrs. Jean M. Belt Ms. Ena-Faye Davies Bennett Mrs. Judith G. Benson (MSN 1991) and Mr. Edwin P. Benson Mrs. Rachel L. Benz (BSN 2006, MSN 2011) and Mr. David L. Benz IV Dr. Cynthia Gurdak Berry (MSN 1986, DNP 2009) and Mr. Joseph C. Berry Dr. and Mrs. Neal R. Berte Mrs. Melinda D. Beswick (BSN 1975) and Mr. Paul G. Beswick Ms. Marilyn H. Bethune Mrs. Jan Walden Biasini (MSN 1982) and Dr. Fred J. Biasini


Mrs. Melissa G. Bibb (BSN 1979, MSN 2002) and Mr. William K. Bibb Mrs. Connie B. Bishop Ms. Charlotte S. Bishop (BSN 1976, MSN 1994) Ms. Janet Y. Bivins, Esq. Ms. Virginia B. Black (DIPL 1950) Ms. Michelle F. Blackburn (BSN 2009) Mrs. Flora Y. Blackledge (MSN 1977) and Mr. Victor Blackledge, Jr. Mr. Barry L. Blakeney (BSN 1982) Mrs. Kay P. Blakeney (BSN 1961, MSN 1970) and Mr. Adolph Blakeney Ms. Courtney C. Boatright (MSN 2010) Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Boehme Mr. Steven W. Bohr (BSN 1978) and Mrs. Kathleen C. Bohr Ms. Anita Faye Boleware Mrs. Betty W. Bond (MSN 1976) and Dr. Devere Bond Ms. Wendy C. Booth (BSN 1985, MSN 1988) Dr. Patricia S. Boothe (BSN 1961) and Mr. James B. Boothe Mr. Phillip W. Bowden (BSN 1992, MSN 1996) and Dr. Greg Borski Dr. John B. Bowdre Jr. Ms. Dorothy D. Boyd Ms. Lakeshia N. Boyd (BSN 2003) Mrs. Rosemary M. Braich (BSN 1983) and Mr. Patrick M. Braich Ms. Elaine Brannan (MSN 1989) Ms. Rachel Ann Brannon (MSN 1982) Ms. Mary Ann Braun (MSN 1986) Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Brewer Mrs. Alice S. Bristow (BSN 2006) and Mr. Don Bristow Dr. Sylvia E. Britt (MSN 1975) and Dr. George N. Britt Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Brock III Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Brock Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Bromberg Mrs. Truus H. Broner Ms. Mary L. Brookins Dr. Janet C. Brookman (MSN 1984, DSN 1989) Dr. Sharon K. Broscious (DSN 1997) and Mr. Joseph E. Broscious Mrs. Mary E. Broshears (BSN 1979) and Mr. D. Gene Broshears Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Brotherton Ms. Barbara A. Webster Brown (DIPL 1955) Ms. Donna Echols Brown (BSN 1956) Dr. Glenna G. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Jason M. Brown (BSN 2011) Ms. Katherine Rogers Brown Dr. Kathleen C. Brown and Dr. Harry L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. P. Daryl Brown Mrs. Patricia Canavan Brown (BSN 1959) and Mr. Robert D. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Pratt P. Brown II Mrs. Alice E. Brumbach (MSN 1991) and Mr. Joel Brumbach Dr. Susan H. Brunssen (MSN 1977) and Mr. Fritz H. Brunssen Dr. Pamela H. Bryant (BSN 1993, MSN 2002, DNP 2009) Mrs. Helen D. Bryant (DIPL 1964) and Mr. Carl H. Bryant Mrs. Sara C. Bryant (BSN 1984) and Mr. Walter S. Bryant Ms. Vicki L. Brymer (BSN 1983) Mr. and Mrs. Timothy W. Buckner Mr. and Mrs. G. William Bugg Ms. Ann M. Bunn Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Burge Jr. Dr. Greer Anne Burkholder Ms. Rockell N. Burks (BSN 2005)

Mrs. Patricia B. Burlin (MSN 1983) and Mr. Charles A. Burlin Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Burns Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. Burrows Ms. Tawana Burts (BSN 1984) Mr. James K. Bush (BSN 1995) Mrs. James J. Bushnell Mr. Mason A. Butler (BSN 2009) Ms. Joyce M. Butler (MSN 1990) Mr. and Mrs. J. Dowe Bynum Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Bynum Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Cabaniss III Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Caldwell III Mr. Roderick D. Caldwell (BSN 1993) Ms. Jo Ann Caldwell (DIPL 1958) Dr. Gloria Weber Calhoun (DSN 1985) Mr. and Mrs. J. Wesley Calhoun Ms. N. Melissa Callahan (BSN 1994) Mrs. Elizabeth H. Callans (BSN 1978) and Mr. Chuck W. Callans Mrs. Lee K. Callaway (MSN 2005) and Mr. Kevin Callaway Mr. and Mrs. John F. Calloway Mr. and Mrs. Ehney A. Camp III Ms. Janice L. Campbell (MSN 2007) Ms. Vergie S. Campbell (DIPL 1945) Ms. Tammy M. Canter (BSN 2010) Mrs. Sandy Kay Ennis Cappucci (BSN 1982) and Mr. Dario Ted Cappucci Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Cardwell Dr. Joan B. Carlisle (BSN 1975, MSN 1979, DSN 1991) and Mr. Terrence B. Carlisle Mrs. Ronda R. Carlisle (BSN 1977) and Mr. Dyer Carlisle III Ms. Sarah E. Carlson (BSN 2011) Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Harper Angela L. Carmichael (BSN 1989) Ms. Deborah Jane Carpenter (MSN 1982) Pamela T. Carpenter (BSN 1980, MSN 1986) and Mr. Monty Carpenter Mrs. Patricia Amy Carr (BSN 1976, MSN 1982) and Mr. Larry D. Carr Mrs. Edna P. Crowe Carroll (BSN 1964) and Mr. Toney Carroll Ms. Carolyn Y. Carter Mrs. Kathy S. Carter (BSN 1981) and Mr. Bruce Carter Mrs. Pamela Carver (BSN 2009, MSN 2010) Mr. Patrick Cather Ms. Carolyn B. Chalkley (BSN 1969, MSN 1971) Mrs. Anna L. Chambless (BSN 1974) and Mr. Ronald A. Chambless Mrs. Joyce Chambless (BSN 1972) Mr. J. D. Chambless Mr. and Mrs. Russell W. Chambliss Jr. Dr. Becky J. Christian Ms. Jessica Cisco (BSN 2009) Mrs. Camille P. Claibourne (MSN 1981) and Mr. William T. Claibourne Mr. and Mrs. Martin B. Clapp The Clarus Consulting Group, Inc Mrs. Linda L. Cleary (BSN 1980) Ms. Jane Denise Clegg Dr. Elizabeth W. Cleino (MSN 1956) and Dr. Edward H. Cleino Ms. Tywanda Y. Coates (BSN 1988) Cobbs, Allen & Hall, Inc. Ms. Andrea K. Cofield Mrs. Kathleen H. Cole Mr. and Mrs. William E. Coleman III Ms. Laura M. Coleman (BSN 1994, MSN 1996) Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Collat Sr. Dr. Maude Diseker Collier Dr. Susan Stevens Collins (DSN 1984) and Mr. Stan Collins Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Colson Sr. Ms. Robin R. Colter

Dr. Joan C. Connell (DSN 1993) Dr. Garris Keels Conner (MSN 1981, DSN 1986) Ms. Martha Howell Conner (DIPL 1965) Mr. and Mrs. Randall C. Conner Mrs. Barbara Duncan Cook (BSN 1964) and Mr. Timothy D. Cook Sr. Mrs. June C. Cook (BSN 1970) and Mr. Frank J. Cook Mr. and Mrs. A. Philip Cook Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gary P. Coughlan Ms. Serena M. Coulombe (MSN 1996) Ms. Judith Courington (BSN 1978, MSN 1982) Ms. Gwen M. Cox (BSN 1983) Dr. Ruth B. Craddock (DSN 1982) Ms. Deborah L. Craft (BSN 1978) Ms. Mary K. Crawford (DIPL 1945) Ms. Dorothy H. Crook Ms. Nanna H. Cuchens (MSN 1980) Mrs. Rebecca F. Cumbie (BSN 1974) and Dr. William G. Cumbie Jr. Mrs. Carolyn J. Curry (BSN 1985) and Mr. Walter T. Curry Ms. Jean S. Curry Mrs. Terrye O. Dachelet (BSN 1968, MSN 1983) and Dr. Ronald E. Dachelet Ms. Elizabeth B. Dagher (BSN 1983) Mrs. Dee Ann J. D’Amico (BSN 1988) and Mr. Frank D’Amico Mr. and Mrs. Clifford S. Dangler Jr. Mrs. Terri B. Daniel (BSN 2000) and Mr. Michael R. Daniel Ms. Melanie A. Daniel (BSN 1984, MSN 1990) Daniel Corporation Mrs. Sheree Daniels-McGraw (BSN 1981) Mr. and Mrs. David M. Darden Mr. and Mrs. Jack Darnall IV Dr. Carol J. Dashiff Dr. Pamela S. Daugherty (BSN 1971, MSN 1976) Dr. Doris Davenport (DSN 2004) Mrs. Carol E. Davenport (BSN 1987) Mrs. Susan E. Davenport (BSN 1978, MSN 1991) and Mr. Lawrence J. Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Ian E. Davey Mr. and Mrs. T. Blake Davidson Mr. Thomas N. Davidson Ms. Patricia R. Davidson (MSN 1974) Dr. Beverly D. Davis (DSN 1989) Dr. Deborah G. Davis (DNP 2010) and Mr. Woody L. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Tony Davis III Mrs. Lyn L. Davis (BSN 1979) and Dr. Richard O. Davis Ms. Sandra M. Davis (BSN 1965, MSN 1973) Dr. Richard Drew Davis Dr. Martha Ann Dawson (BSN 1976, MSN 1984) Mrs. Dawn P. DeArmond (MSN 1986) and Mr. Randall L. DeArmond Mrs. Starla S. DeBord (BSN 1983) and Mr. Ron A. DeBord Mr. and Mrs. John F. DeBuys Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Decker Ms. Jeanna Beth Deerman (BSN 1993) Mrs. Catherine J. Dempsey (MSN 1984) and Mr. Jack N. Dempsey Mrs. Cathy Ann Denning (MSN 1981) and Mr. Donald J. Sprague Mrs. Velma L. Denson (MSN 1964) and Mr. Roland C. Denson Ms. Sue Denson (BSN 1973, MSN 1982) Mrs. Brenda L. Digerness (DIPL 1967) and Dr. Stanley B. Digerness Mr. and Mrs. James M. Dixon Ms. Gina C. Dobbs (BSN 1996, MSN 2008)

Mrs. Susan M. Dolson (MSN 1994) and Mr. Christopher Dolson Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Donnellan Mrs. Frances R. Dorr (BSN 1961, MSN 1982) and Mr. Frank Dorr Dr. Merrian Elizabeth Douglass (DSN 1991) and Mr. Franklin Douglass Mrs. Katharyn W. Dowdle (BSN 1971, MSN 1973) and Mr. Thoms A. Dowdle DRA, Advisors LLC Mr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Druhan Ms. Linda F. Drummond (BSN 1961) Ms. Kelly R. Drusen (MSN 2009) Ms. Peggy A. Duke (BSN 1979, MSN 1981) Mrs. Ida D. Dunbar and Mr. Bruce C. Dunbar Jr. Maj. Kathryn V. Duncan (BSN 1977) and Mr. Riley C. Duncan Mrs. Christa L. Duplechain (BSN 1995) and Dr. Stephen C. Duplechain Mrs. Margaret L. Duvall (MSN 1992) and Mr. Edgar Duvall Mr. and Mrs. William G. Dyas Dr. Gregory S. Eagerton (BSN 1985, MSN 1991) and Mrs. Sallie R. Eagerton (BSN 1988) Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Earle Mrs. Joy R. Ebaugh (MSN 1982) Dr. Jennie Echols (BSN 1977, MSN 1980, DSN 2000) and Mr. Richard Hurst Mr. Stephen Lawrence Ecker (BSN 1984) Dr. Janet E. Edens (DSN 2004) Dr. Ann Edgil Mrs. Joan McCoy Edmonds Dr. Margaret R. Edwards (DSN 1991) and Mr. Larry W. Edwards Mrs. Laura Kay B. Edwards (BSN 1983) and Mr. A. F. Edwards Jr. Ms. Marilyn M. Edwards Mrs. Barbara J. Eisenhart (MSN 1977) and Mr. George V. Eisenhart Dr. Denise H. Elliott (DSN 2001) and Mr. George E. Elliott Mr. and Mrs. W. David Ellis Ms. Marquitia Ellis (BSN 2011) Dr. Comfort C. Enah Entergy Services, Inc. Mrs. Katalin S. Esther (BSN 2009) and Mr. Steve Esther Mrs. Peggy H. Eubanks (MSN 1982) Dr. Larry W. Eustace (DSN 2000) Mrs. Mary E. Evans (BSN 1998, MSN 2000) and Mr. Travis W. Evans Every Good Work Global Ministries Mrs. Sherri R. Ewing (MSN 1990) and Mr. Donald V. Ewing Dr. James A. Fain (MSN 1979) Ms. Ashelynn K. Falkenburg Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Falkenburg Dr. Sandra H. Faria (BSN 1974, MSN 1975, DSN 1989) and Mr. James M. Faria Mrs. Dorothy Isabel Farish (BSN 1981) and Mr. Frank R. Farish Jr. Mr. David G. Farr (BSN 2008, MSN 2011) Mr. and Mrs. Alan S. Farrior Mrs. Martha W. Faulk (DIPL 1956) and Mr. Larry Faulk Mr. and Mrs. D. Lawrence Faulkner Mrs. Reba J. Felks-McVay (MSN 1981) and Mr. William G. McVay Lt. Col. Barry L. Felt (MSN 1980) Ms. Etta H. Felton (BSN 1974, MSN 1994) Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Finch Ms. Shirley H. Finley (BSN 1978) Mrs. Valeria R. Finney (BSN 1987) and Mr. Henry Finney Dr. Dorcas Cobb Fitzgerald (BSN 1965, MSN 1969) Ms. Margaret L. Fleenor Florida Telecom Construction, Inc

Mr. Stephen G. Flowers (BSN 2009) Ms. Crystal M. Flowers (MSN 2000) Dr. Rosa Louise Floyd (DSN 1988) Mrs. Cynthia Floyd (MSN 1992) and Mr. John C. Floyd Ms. Melissa M. Flynn (MSN 1986) Dr. Susanne A. Fogger Dr. Anne W. Foote (BSN 1970, MSN 1973, DSN 1985) and Mr. James Foote Mrs. Shannon M. Ford (BSN 1995) and Mr. Charles D. Ford Dr. Pamela N. Fordham (MSN 1976, DSN 1989) and Mr. C. G. Fordham Dr. Ricardo Franco Ms. Beth Franklin Mrs. Ellen P. Frederick (BSN 1978) and Mr. David C. Frederick Mr. Fred Frengel Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Gadbois Mr. and Mrs. Tomoka Gaddis Mr. William C. Gamble III (BSN 1994, MSN 1997) Mrs. Clairessia K. Gamble (BSN 1980) and Mr. Elliott L. Gamble Ms. Charlotte Garner Dr. Carol Z. Garrison (MSN 1976) and Mr. Julian W. Banton Ms. Ann Humphrey Garwick (BSN 1979) Mrs. Martha R. Gass (BSN 1979) and Mr. John Andrew Gass Mrs. Kathy M. Gaston (MSN 1984) and Mr. Kerry R. Gaston Mrs. Angelyn A. Giambalvo (BSN 1961) and Mr. Jack M. Giambalvo Mrs. Iris W. Gilbert Mrs. Jody Hamilton Gilchrist Mr. and Mrs. Clarke H. Gillespy Dr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Gillis Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Given Mrs. Cheryl A. Glass (MSN 1992) and Mr. John Edward Glass Ms. Shannon D. Glaze (BSN 2009) Ms. Leigh G. Godfrey (MSN 2000) Mrs. Bebe B. Goetter (BSN 1974) and Dr. William E. Goetter Mrs. Myna D. Goldston (BSN 1972) and Mr. Steven L. Goldston Ms. Jeanette S. Golson (DIPl 1958) Mrs. Sara M. Goolsby (BSN 1974) and Mr. J. Albert Goolsby Dr. and Mrs. Adam Gordon Mrs. Valerie St. Pierre Gordon Dr. Teresa N. Gore (DNP 2009) Mr. and Mrs. J. Warren Gorrell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. M. James Gorrie Mr. and Mrs. M. Miller Gorrie Mr. and Mrs. Jon Graham Mrs. Barbara S. Grant (BSN 1961) and Dr. Charles P. Grant Mrs. Alva Mae Graves (DIPL 1947) and Mr. Joe E. Graves Ms. Abby L. Gray (MSN 2010) Ms. Helen E. Gray (BSN 1982) Ms. Christine I. Green (BSN 1983) Ms. Yolanda J. Green (MSN 1983) Dr. Rebecca M. Greenwood Mrs. Amy S. Griffin (BSN 1977) and Mr. David R. Griffin Mrs. Deborah F. Grimes (BSN 1986) and Mr. Ernest O. Grimes Jr. Dr. Linda P. Grimsley (DSN 2003) and Mr. Alan Grimsley Ms. Carol Ann Grooms (DIPL 1962) Ms. Amye W. Groves (BSN 1998, MSN 2010) and Dr. John R. Groves Ms. Abigail W. Gunter (BSN 2009) Dr. Delois Skipwith Guy (DSN 1980) and Mr. Henry L. Guy Ms. Cynthia G. Guyton The Hackney Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. T. Morris Hackney Ms. Nancy Dupree Hale (BSN 1988) Dr. Sharon L. Hall (MSN 1977) Dr. Susan R. Hall (BSN 1973, MSN 1975) Mrs. Melanie G. Hallman (BSN 1983, MSN 1990, MSN 1995) and Mr. Stanley E. Hallman Mr. and Mrs. Buckner W. Hamilton III Mrs. Sharon H. Hamilton (BSN 1972) and Mr. Ronnie C. Hamilton Mrs. Belinda B. Hammond (BSN 1972, MSN 1976) and Mr. William V. Hammond III Dr. Mildred L. Hamner (MSN 1965) Dr. Youngshook Han Mrs. Pamela D. Hancock (BSN 1983) and Mr. James Hancock Ms. Melanie A. Hansen (MSN 2010) Mrs. Angela D. Harkness (BSN 1985) and Mr. Robert E. Harkness Ms. Brenna A. Harnish (BSN 2010) Mr. Terry Harrell (BSN 1977) and Mrs. Connie W. Harrell Mrs. Nancy Nettles Harrell (BSN 1969) and Dr. R. Ronnie Harrell Ms. Donna Harrell (BSN 1980) Mrs. Gloria J. Harris (BSN 1976, MSN 1992) and Mr. Pearlie D. Harris Dr. and Mrs. Griffith R. Harsh III Ms. Gayle W. Hart (BSN 1976) Dr. and Mrs. Jimmie H. Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt R. Haskell Mr. and Mrs. David Hassinger Mr. Hinson S. Hassinger Mrs. Pamela W. Hattemer (BSN 1977) and Mr. Thomas L. Hattemer Ms. Bernice B. Hawkins (BSN 1980) Mrs. Ann B. Hayes Ms. Krista A. Hebert (BSN 2011) Ms. Evelyn G. Landman Held (DIPL 1953) Dr. Bonita G. Helms (MSN 1990) Dr. Mary C. Henderson (MSN 1966) Mrs. Diana P. Hendon (BSN 1978) and Mr. Bernard Hendon Mrs. D. Arlene Henley Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Henry Mrs. Marilyn M. Henry (MSN 1981) and Mr. James P. Henry Dr. Reet Henze (DSN 1993) and Dr. William Henze Jr. Ms. Carla T. Herndon (BSN 1977) Mrs. Ermie Deta Herring (MSN 1984) and Maj. Joe D. Herring Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hester Mrs. Shirley W. Hester (BSN 1972, MSN 1983) and Mr. Charles O. Hester Dr. Alice S. Hill (MSN 1975) and Mr. Herman Hill Dr. Gail M. Hill (BSN 1973, PhD 1994) Mrs. Martha Jackson Hill (DIPL 1956, BSN 1959, MSN 1960) and Mr. Hoyt W. Hill Ms. Ann B. Hillhouse Mrs. Patricia S. Hillman (MSN 1997) and Mr. Murray D. Hillman Mrs. Cheryl K. Hines (BSN 1984) and Mr. Gene O. Hines Mrs. Deborah P. Hodges (BSN 1975) and Dr. Stanley M. Hodges Mrs. Elizabeth C. Hoffman Dr. Lygia O. Holcomb (DSN 1996) and Mr. Kenneth L. Holcomb Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton (DSN 1995) Ms. Sharon L. Holley (MSN 1996) Mr. and Mrs. Roy H. Holmes Mrs. Lynda S. Holt (BSN 1981) and Mr. Ira Holt Holy Family High School Mrs. Deborah S. Hoover (BSN 1974, MSN 1977) and Dr. L. James Hoover Mr. Andrew L. Hornsby (BSN 2011)

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon A. Horton Dr. Stephen L. Howell (DNP 2011, MSN 2006) Ms. Binh Le Hua (BSN 1990) Mr. Patrick A. Hubbard (BSN 2003) Ms. Virginia N. Hudson (BSN 1977) Mrs. Cherie P. Huey (BSN 1985) and Mr. John Bruce Huey Dr. and Mrs. David Carl Hufham Ms. Jackie B. Huskey (DIPL 1966) Dr. Barbara L. Hyde (MSN 1971) and Mr. Orin Terry Davidson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Iddins Ms. Susan E. Englis (BSN 1982) Mrs. Virginia R. Ingram (BSN 1973) and Mr. Wes Ingram Dr. Jean B. Ivey (BSN 1969, DSN 1991) Mr. and Mrs. Mark Iwanowski Mr. Ben Ivey Jackson Ms. Jessie Mae Jackson (BSN 1986) Dr. David H. James (BSN 1998, MSN 2005, DNP 2011) Mrs. Donna C. Jernigan Mrs. Linda H. Jernigan (BSN 1980) and Mr. Randal Jernigan Ms. Judith T. Johns (MSN 2009) Dr. Elizabeth G. Johnson (DSN 1991) Dr. Victoria Anne Johnson Mrs. Quentine S. Johnson (MSN 1981) Mrs. Suzanne G. Johnson (BSN 1977) and Mr. Stephen M. Johnson Ms. Tyra Johnson-Pirtle and Mr. Winston Pirtle Dr. Sarah R. Johnston (DIPL 1959, BSN 1962, MSN 1968) and Mr. Ralph E. Johnston Mr. and Mrs. J. Brooke Johnston Jr. Mrs. Barbara Z. Johnston (DIPL 1961) and Mr. Ronald F. Johnston Ms. Amanda P. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Jones Jr. Ms. Carolynn Jones (BSN 1986) Ms. Cynthia W. Jones (BSN 1996) Dr. Maxine B. Jones (MSN 1967, DSN 1983) Mr. and Mrs. Reid F. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Jones Mrs. Sharon B. Jones (BSN 1978, MSN 2007) and Mr. Henry E. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Jordan III Mrs. Sybil W. Jordan (DIPL 1966, BSN 1977) and Mr. Jerry W. Jordan Mr. and Mrs. Stewart B. Joyner Mrs. Patricia Pitt Julich (BSN 1961) Dr. Shirley Salloway Kahn and Dr. Donald R. Kahn Mrs. Deborah P. Kattus and Mr. Robert M. House Ms. Erin Elizabeth Kattus Ms. Gloria C. Keel (DIPL 1964) Dr. Nancy A. Keller (DSN 1985) Dr. Jean A. Kelley (BSN 1956) Mrs. Denise S. Kelley (MSN 1977) and Mr. Roscoe D. Kelley Jr. (MSN 1977) Mrs. Princess L. M. Kemp (BSN 1973) and Mr. Charles H. Kemp Sr. Mrs. Gretchen A. Kennamer (MSN 1988) and Mr. David B. Kennamer Dr. Daphne K. Williams (MSN 1983, DSN 1999) Mr. Todd Kenyon Dr. and Mrs. William H. Kessler Ms. Susan R. Kill (MSN 2007) Ms. Alfreda King (MSN 1985) Mrs. Mary Ann King (BSN 1983) Mr. and Mrs. Peyton R. King Mr. Whit King Jr. Dr. Marguerite K. Handlin (BSN 1961, MSN 1967) and Mr. Harry C. Handlin


Honor Roll


Dr. Sidney J. Kitchens, III and Dr. Edeth K. Kitchens Ms. Jill M. Klein (MSN 1978) Dr. Kathryn C. Knowlton Mr. Jack H. Krueger Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James F. Kuhn III Ladies Golf Association Dr. Kathleen W. Ladner (MSN 1974) and Mr. Gordon L. Ladner Laguna Anesthesia Service Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Lambert, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Lambert Ms. Dianne M. Lameier (MSN 1983) Mr. and Mrs. George Lane Ms. Deborah J. Laney (BSN 1992, MSN 1993) Dr. Summer B. Langston (MSN 2006, DNP 2009) Mrs. Teresa Clary Lanning (BSN 1985) and Mr. Richard Jim Lanning Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Benny M. LaRussa Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Benny M. LaRussa Sr. Dr. Sarah V. Latham and Mr. Joel D. Latham Dr. and Mrs. John M. Laurent Ms. Jennifer L. Lawson (BSN 2010) Lt. Col. Janet Y. Lee (MSN 1995) Ms. Barbara J. Lee Ms. Loretta T. Lee (MSN 1991, PhD 2012) Ms. Gwendolyn Anderson Leo (DIPL 1954) Dr. and Mrs. Ron Lepke Ms. Catherine A. Lester (BSN 1976) Mr. David A. Levy (MSN 2010) Dr. and Mrs. John L. Lewis Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lewis Ms. Ann J. Liddell (BSN 1985) Mrs. Elizabeth M. Lindsey (BSN 1987) and Mr. Leland Lindsey Ms. Judith A. Lisa (MSN 1982) Ms. Reanetta Little (BSN 2010, MSN 2011) Lockhart Case Management, Inc. Dr. Carrie A. Long (PhD 2009) Mr. Nimrod W. E. Long II* Mrs. Susan H. Longley (BSN 1984) and Mr. Frank X. Longley Ms. Sandra J. Loper (MSN 1982) Mrs. Patricia L. Lucas (BSN 1979) and Mr. Roger L. Lucas Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Luckie Mrs. Brenda Lumpkin (BSN 1981) and Mr. Robert Lumpkin Mrs. Ann P. Luther (BSN 1974) and Mr. Randy Owen Luther Mrs. Lois S. Luther (MSN 1976) and Mr. R. Barry Luther Mrs. Janet M. Lyon (MSN 1980) and Mr. Gaylord C. Lyon Ms. Margherita Macia Mrs. Olga D. Mack (BSN 2008) Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. MacKenzie III Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Blake Maddox Mr. and Mrs. William T. Mann Mr. and Mrs. Guy T. Manzi Dr. Sheila M. Marable (BSN 1977, MSN 1983, DSN 2004) and Mr. Reginald C. Marable Sr. Ms. Verona A. Marbut (DIPL 1955) Martha Ann Walls Management Trust Mr. and Mrs. John H. Martin Mrs. Mary S. Martineau (MSN 1981) and Mr. Sean C. Martineau Mrs. Joyce G. Mason (BSN 1965, MSN 1972) and Mr. Samuel A. Mason Mr. Brad H. Massey (MSN 2001) Ms. Karime C. Massey (BSN 2008) Mrs. Virginia R. May (BSN 1985) and Mr. Ronald E. May Mr. Alan P. Mayes (BSN 1982)


Mrs. Dawn D. McCarty (BSN 1986) and Mr. Joseph S. McCarty, Jr. Dr. Karen Hughes McCarty (BSN 1977) Ms. Scottie Y. McClaney Mr. and Mrs. J. D. “Buddy” McClinton Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Mark S. McColl Ms. Jo Anne E. McConnell Ms. Lindsay C. McCoy-Hughs (BSN 2003) Dr. Ellen C. McElroy (DIPL 1955, MSN 1975, DSN 1990) Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey (DSN 2002) Dr. Joan S. McGill (DSN 1991) Ms. Kelly L. McGill Ms. Nancy E. McGreevy (MSN 1982) Ms. Theresa M. McGreevy (MSN 1992) Mrs. Ellen G. McGuffey (MSN 1994, MSN 1995) Dr. Teena M. McGuinness and Dr. John P. McGuinness Dr. Rhonda M. McLain (DSN 2004) Ms. Delora M. McLaughlin (BSN 1987, MSN 1990) Mr. and Mrs. David C. McLeod Mrs. Janna A. McMahan (MSN 2010) and Mr. Reggie M. McMahan Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. McMahon Ms. Alma B. McMahon Ms. Polly Meeks Dr. Nancy L. Mele (DSN 1996) and Mr. Douglas J. Mele Mr. Kenneth D. Melton (BSN 2009) Mrs. Kittie B. Messer (BSN 1970, MSN 1980) and Mr. Paul D. Messer Mrs. Paula M. Midyette (BSN 1977, MSN 1980) and Mr. Mark E. Midyette (BSN 1977) Ms. Elisa B. Miller (BSN 2008) Ms. Susan R. Miller Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Milligan Mrs. Rosanne S. Milligan (MSN 1987) and Mr. Ralph W. Milligan Mr. and Mrs. James David Mills Dr. Rebecca S. Miltner Mrs. Debra M. Mims (BSN 1977) and Mr. Randall E. Mims Mrs. Judy E. Mink (BSN 1982) and Mr. Wayne C. Mink Ms. Harriet A. Mink (BS 1957) Mr. and Mrs. Wimberly Miree Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Guy K. Mitchell Jr. Mrs. Adeline A. Mitchell (BSN 1990, MSN 1992) and Mr. Bob Mitchell Mitchell’s Place, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James E Mizzell Dr. Rita B. Monsen (DSN 1988) and Mr. Robert G. Monsen Dr. Barbara S. Moore (DSN 1994) and Mr. Joe Moore Ms. Carol Ann Moore Mr. and Mrs. John D. Moore Mrs. Patricia Owens Moore (BSN 1973, MSN 1980) and Mr. Roy Moore Mrs. Rachael A. Moore (MSN 1980) and Mr. David E. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Randy L. Moore (BSN 1993, MSN 2004) and Mrs. Angie M. Moore Mr. C. Ray Moore (BSN 2000) and Mrs. Priscilla G. Moore Mrs. Oyweda W. Moorer (BSN 1982, MSN 1991) Ms. Bettie Jean Edwards Morales (DIPL 1959) Mr. and Mrs. William M. Moran Mrs. Jennifer G. Moreland (BSN 1997) and Mr. Glen Moreland Mr. and Mrs. David Morey Mrs. Margaret M. Morgan Ms. Jana T. Morgan (BSN 2005) Ms. M. Esther Moring (BSN 1981)

Ms. Amanda R. Morris (BSN 2001) Mr. and Mrs. David Morris Ms. Jean B. Morris Mrs. Melanie M. Morris (DIPL 1965) and Mr. L. Daniel Morris Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Morris Dr. Shannon A. Morrison (PhD 2010) Dr. Victoria J. Morrison (BSN 1980) Mr. and Mrs. D. Dale Morrison Mr. and Mrs. John H. Morrow Mr. and Mrs. William P. Morthland Mrs. Shelicia D. Morton-Ford (BSN 2005) Dr. Jacqueline A. Moss and Mr. David Allan Moss Mrs. Penne P. Mott (BSN 1983, MSN 1988) and Mr. Randy Mott Mr. and Mrs. E. Russell Moulton Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Mouron Mr. and Mrs. Tom Moxley Mrs. Nanette C. Mudiam (BSN 2006) Ms. Karen A. Mulholland (MSN 1990) Ms. Caitlin S. Mullin (BSN 2009) Mrs. Ramona A. Mullinax (BSN 1988, MSN 1997) and Mr. Christopher L. Mullinax Mr. and Mrs. Randy Mummert Mr. and Mrs. Rodney O. Mundy Dr. Carolyn L. Murdaugh Mr. Eric C. Murdock (MSN 1984) and Mrs. Karen D. Murdock Mrs. Charlotte S. Murdock Mrs. Suzanne A. Murray (MSN 1980) and Mr. Paul Murray Mr. Christopher J. Myers (BSN 2007) Mrs. Patsy J. Myers (MSN 1980) and Mr. Jere L. Myers Dr. Deanna J. Naddy (DSN 1994) Mrs. Bromleigh G. Naftel (BSN 1977, MSN 1983) and Dr. David C. Naftel Nall-Whatley Foundation Ms. Barbara M. Naman (MSN 2009) Ms. Alean F. Nash (BSN 1987) Mrs. Sondra Nassetta (BSN 1972, MSN 1988) and Mr. Pete Nassetta Mr. and Mrs. John C. Neiman Jr. Mrs. Susan A. Nelson (BSN 1983) and Mr. Thomas L. Nelson Mrs. Donna C. Newell (MSN 1988) and Mr. Dennis Newell Ms. Lequyen Thi Nguyen (BSN 1985) Dr. Lynn P. Norman (BSN 1973, MSN 1981) and Mr. Jeff C. Norman Ms. Joan B. Norris (DIPL 1956) Mr. and Mrs. John P. North Jr. Mrs. Allison Todd Northen (BSN 1986, MSN 2010) and Mr. Charles S. Northen IV Ms. Shirley S. Odom (BSN 1956) Mr. Patrick M. O’Donnell Cdr. Patricia T. O’Fallon (BSN 1975, MSN 1993) and Mr. Thomas Paul O’Fallon Ms. Jo Ellen O’Hara Mrs. Elaine S. O’Keefe (MSN 1980) and Mr. Ronald W. O’Keefe Dr. Douglas A. Oliver (DNP 2011) Dr. Linda W. Olivet (BSN 1964, MSN 1967, DSN 1985) and Dr. Ronald T. Olivet Ms. Clara C. Orji (BSN 1995, MSN 2004) Ms. Julia E. Orosz (MSN 1975) Ms. Janet M. Paarlberg MSN 1980 Dr. Ralphenia D. Pace and Mr. Henry D. Pace Sr. Dr. and Mrs. Albert D. Pacifico Dr. Celestine R. Parker (DNP 2009) Mr. John M. Parker (BSN 1980) and Mrs. Mary S. Parker Dr. Vivienne Andrea Parodi (DSN 1997) Mrs. Shonquatta R. Parson (BSN 2000) and Mr. Lamont B. Parson Dr. Patricia A. Patrician

Mrs. Mitzi Shawn Patrick (BSN 1985) and Mr. Charles E. Patrick Ms. Stacia N. Patrick (BSN 1987) Dr. Rebecca J. Patterson (DSN 1989) Mrs. Marilyn S. Patterson (BSN 1979, MSN 1994) and Mr. Steven T. Patterson Ms. Bobbi J. Patterson (MSN 1994) Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Patton Mr. and Mrs. John Payne Dr. Patricia F. Pearce Dr. Virginia R. Pennington (MSN 1971, DSN 1986) Mr. and Mrs. James Perkins Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Perry Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Peters Ms. Brenda J. Peterson (BSN 2006) Dr. L. Nicol Pettway Dr. Jennan A. Phillips (MSN 1984, DSN 1991) and Mr. Richard S. Phillips Mrs. Dianne F. Phillips (BSN 1986, MSN 2004) Mrs. Karen N. Phillips (BSN 1973) and Mr. Kenneth N. Phillips Mrs. Vivien A. Phillips (BSN 1992) and Mr. Frank W. Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Brunislow J. Pierzakowski Mrs. Loye Z. Pine (BSN 1972) and Mr. William E. Pine Ms. Kelly Pinion-Smith (BSN 1995, MSN 2011) Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Pitard Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan D. Player Dr. Laura Pointer and Dr. Gordon J. Kirschberg Ms. Kay C. Pomeroy Mrs. Amelia J. Ponder (BSN 1990) Ms. Katherine U. Poore (BSN 1987) Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Porter Ms. Janis E. Porter (MSN 1994) Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Powell II Mrs. Deborah D. Pressley (BSN 1984) and Mr. Wayman Pressley Ms. Loretta P. Preston (BSN 1989, MSN 1996) Mrs. Sharon C. Price (BSN 1977, MSN 1980) and Mr. David J. Price Mr. and Mrs. Douglas E. Pritchett Dr. Erica R. Pryor (MSN 1987) and Mr. Charles W. Pryor Mr. and Mrs. W. Dan Puckett Dr. Lucille W. Pulliam (DSN 1985) Mrs. Cammie M. Quinn (MSN 1978) and Mr. Jerry M. Quinn Ms. Erin E. Quinn (BSN 2005) Dr. James L. Raper (DSN 1994) Ms. Joyce A. Ratliff Mrs. S. Kimberly W. Rawson (BSN 1977, MSN 1980) and Mr. William M. Rawson Mrs. Midge N. Ray (BSN 1974, MSN 1987) and Mr. John Ray Red River Specialties, Inc. Dr. Kathryn L. Redwood (MSN 1978, DSN 1988) Mrs. Ruth S. Reeder Regions Financial Corporation Foundation Ms. Crystal Y. Reid Mr. Danny Reid (BSN 1990) and Mrs. Terrie Reid Mrs. Elberta G. Reid Dr. Mary L. Reilly (BSN 1967, MSN 1977) and Mr. Thomas G. Reilly Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Renneker III Mrs. Connie W. Revels (BSN 1983) and Mr. Randolph R. Revels Mr. and Mrs. Harris Reynolds Mrs. Julia R. Reynolds (BSN 1972) and Mr. Franklin C. Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Warren Rhett Mrs. Martha W. Richards (DIPL 1961) and

Mr. Frank H. Richards Ms. Debra Richards (BSN 2000) Mr. and Mrs. James L. Richardson Mrs. Theresa D. Richburg (BSN 1977) and Mr. Michael Richburg Mrs. Renita S. Rigney (BSN 1979) and Dr. E. Douglas Rigney Mrs. Margaret I. Ritchey (BSN 1957) and Mr. Charles R. Ritchey Ms. Eleanor R. Rittenour (BSN 1996) Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Robinett Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan D. Robinson Mrs. Lisa L. Robinson (BSN 1988, MSN 1990) and Mr. Todd Robinson Dr. Mary K. Robinson (DSN 1995) and Mr. Franklin Robinson Ms. Sara H. Robinson Mr. Andrew Robison Mrs. Theresa F. Rodgers (MSN 1983) and Mr. Marvin Rodgers Ms. Lashawn D. Rodgers (BSN 1993) Mrs. Cynthia R. Rogers (BSN 1984) and Mr. Thomas V. Rogers Mrs. Helen A. Roman (MSN 1983) Ms. Sara J. Romano (BSN 1980) Mr. Shannon L. Roper (BSN 1996) Ms. Linda F. Rose (BSN 1976, MSN 1980) Ms. Margery S. Rosenbaum Ms. Alma R. Ross (DIPL 1943) Ms. Bobbie C. Ross (DIPL 1945) Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rushton III Dr. D. M. Russell Jr Mrs. Nan P. Russell (BSN 2000) and Dr. Robert T. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Rutherford Jr. Mrs. Elise H. Sailors (BSN 1986) and Mr. Jay Sailors Dr. Jeanne Salyer (DIPL 1967, BSN 1973, MSN 1976) Ms. Rebecca R. Salzberg (BSN 2006) Mrs. Colleen M. Samples (MSN 1979) and Mr. Shay Samples Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fitts Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Sandner IV Mr. and Mrs. Harlan M. Sands Dr. and Mrs. Carl J. Sanfelippo Ms. Pamela L. Sanker (BSN 2005, MSN 2009) Mr. and Mrs. John T. Saunders Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Savage Mrs. Kathy S. Savell (MSN 2005) Mr. and Mrs. William H. Saxon Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scarborough Dr. Sharron P. Schlosser (BSN 1969, MSN 1975, DSN 1985) Ms. Janice B. Scholl (BSN 1957, MSN 1970) Mrs. Melanie O. Schultz (BSN 1978, MSN 1982) and Mr. Michael Schultz Dr. Deborah L. Scott (MSN 1979, DSN 1989) Mrs. Jacqueline D. Scott (BSN 1981) Ms. Laura P. Secord (BSN 1982, MSN 1986 ) and Mr. William D. Tankersley Mrs. Mary Ann Seel (BSN 1991) and Mr. Bud Seel Ms. Eugenia Smith Selby Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W Sellers Ms. Sarah J. Sellers (DIPL 1969) Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wade Sexton Dr. Faye H. Shaffer (MSN 1981, DSN 1988) and Dr. Calvin R. Shaffer Mrs. Joann P. Shea (DIPL 1964) and Mr. Ronald E. Shea Mrs. Deborah B. Shellwoth and Mr. Thomas R. Shellworth Jr. Dr. Lora R. Shelton (BSN 1995) and Mr. Stephen L. Shelton Dr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Sherlock Col. (Ret) Natalie M. Shriver (MSN 1991) and Mr. Charles L. Shriver

Dr. Mary E. Silva Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Simon Mr. Dean P. Simpson (MSN 1998) and Mrs. Kelly S. Simpson Mrs. Mary D. Simpson (BSN 1978) and Mr. James Simpson Ms. Gabrielle A. Singleterry (BSN 2009) Ms. Brandi L. Singleton Dr. Ann T. Sirles (BSN 1971, MSN 1972, DSN 1985) and Mr. Aden R. Sirles Ms. Chelsie N. Skinner (BSN 2008) Dr. Larry Z. Slater (BSN 2008, PhD 2011) Ms. Mariah A. Slydell (DSN 2011) Ms. Anna M. Smith Mrs. Genell W. Smith (DIPL 1960) and Dr. Edward H. Smith Mrs. Katrina H. Smith (BSN 1983, MSN 2009) and Mr. Matt R. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop W. Smith Jr. Dr. Myra A. Smith (BSN 1973, MSN 1980) and Mr. David S. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Todd B. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A Snider Ms. Jane E. Snowden (BSN 2011) Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Sobko Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. South III Southpace Properties, Inc Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Chad Spain Mrs. Rita I. Spencer (DIPL 1965) and Mr. Clifford M. Spencer Jr. Mrs. Winonah J. Spencer (BSN 1992) and Mr. Ronovan R. Spencer Ms. Yuliya A. Spencer (BSN 2009) Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick R. Spicer Jr. Mrs. Mindy L. Spigel (MSN 1980) and Mr. Barry S. Spigel Mrs. Leslie W. Spooner (MSN 1997) and Mr. Andy Spooner Mrs. Norma Kay V. Sprayberry (MSN 1975) Mrs. Rosetta B. Stanford (MSN 1994) and Mr. Lamont Stanford Ms. Karen J. Stanley (BSN 1983) Mr. and Mrs. W. Stancil Starnes Mrs. Bartley T. Statham Laura W Steadman Mr. and Mrs. L. Joe Steeley Mrs. Ashley H. Steinert (BSN 2006) and Mr. Brian W. Steinert Mr. and Mrs. Bryson D. Stephens Dr. Annette K. Stevens (BSN 1961) Mrs. Leona W. Stewart (BSN 1970, MSN 1971) Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stilwell Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Stockham Ms. Hattie B Stokes (BSN 1985) Mrs. Kotty F. Stokes (BSN 1981) and Mr. George Stokes Dr. Lynn M. Stover (BSN 1989, MSN 1993, DSN 2000) Mrs. Lee Ann Street (MSN 1990) and Mr. Robert Street Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craig Street Ms. Rachel Strickland (BSN 2005) Mr. and Mrs. Phillip G. Stutts Mr. and Mrs. Russell R. Stutts Mrs. Catherine S. Styslinger and Mr. Lee J. Styslinger Jr. Ms. Sandy D. Sublett (MSN 2000) Ms. Janna L. Suellentrop (BSN 2008) Ms. Angela Sullivan (BSN 1993, MSN 1997) Dr. and Mrs. Edward A. Sullivan III Ms. Karen A. Sullivan (MSN 1989) Ms. Andrea L. Sutton (BSN 2009) Mr. Robert G. Swartz Talley Law Firm, LLC Mrs. Michele H. Talley (MSN 2005) and Mr. Robert M. Talley Ms. Julie A. Tatum (BSN 1980) Mrs. Audrey M. Taylor (BSN 1994) and Mr.

Joseph P. Taylor Mrs. Danica S. Taylor (BSN 1998, MSN 2002) and Dr. Bruce E. Taylor Ms. Gwendolyn D. Taylor (BSN 1989) Ms. Judy A. Taylor (BSN 1971, MSN 1972) Mrs. Donna R. Teal (MSN 1983) and Mr. Roy J. Teal Mrs. Lizabeth L. Templeton (BSN 1971, MSN 1979) and Dr. Emmett O. Templeton Ms. Sylvia D. Tetzlaff (BSN 1997) Mrs. Nancy L. Tew (BSN 1981) and Mr. Larry A. Tew Mr. Kenneth C. Thomas (BSN 1989) Mrs. Virginia M. Thomas (MSN 1985) and Mr. Linwood Thomas The Thompson Foundation Mrs. Annette S. Thompson (MSN 1979) Mr. and Mrs. Brent R. Thompson Dr. Carleen Thompson (DNP 2010) Ms. Donna J. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Emmett P. Thompson Ms. Jennifer C. Thompson Dr. Linda W. Thompson (DSN 1993) Dr. Patricia E. Thompson (MSN 1971) Mrs. Sara Thompson (DIPL 1969) and Mr. Earl Thompson Mrs. Dorothy R. Threadgill (BSN 1964) and Mr. Ollie R. Threadgill Jr. Dr. Beverly B. Tidwell (BSN 1969, DSN 1996) Ms. Katherine B. Tilden (BSN 2008) Ms. Michelle L. Tillman (BSN 2011) Dr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Tilt Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Tilt Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Tofani Dr. and Mrs. Jack W. Trigg Jr. Ms. Leah B. Trimble (BSN 2006) Ms. Greta V. Trimm (BSN 1973, MSN 1982, MSN 1998) Ms. Kathleen A. Troup (MSN 2010) Ms. Dixie R. Tucker (BSN 2010) Ms. Kara V. Tucker (BSN 2006) Mrs. Valorie H. Tucker (BSN 1985, MSN 1993) and Mr. Edward A. Tucker Ms. Anne M. Turnbull Mrs. Barbara M. Turner (MSN 1976) and Mr. Charles W. Turner Sr. Brig. Gen. Sue Ellen Turner (MSN 1981) Dr. Anne L. Turner-Henson (DSN 1992) and Mr. Robert F. Henson IV UAB School of Nursing Faculty Mrs. Tara C. Underwood (BSN 1994) and Mr. Neal Underwood Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Brent Uptain Dr. and Mrs. Marshall M. Urist Mrs. Lisa D. Vallely (BSN 1997) and Mr. Chip Vallely Dr. David E. Vance Dr. Katisha Terrell Vance and Mr. Aldos L. Vance Ms. Wendy A. Vanstone (MSN 2009) Ms. Stacey L. Varden (BSN 2009, MSN 2011) Mr. and Mrs. Alexander D. Vare Mrs. Phyllis I. Vaughan (DIPL 1953, MSN 1985) and Mr. Charles N. Vaughan Ms. Sharrie Viars Mrs. Teresa C. Vice (MSN 1980) and Mr. Jon E. Vice Ms. Antoinette D. Vines (BSN 1996) Mrs. Portia E. Wade (BSN 1980) and Mr. Daniel R. Wade Mr. and Mrs. James W. Waitzman Sr. Mrs. Beverly L. Walker (BSN 1976, MSN 1984) and Mr. William Walker Dr. Deborah K. Walker and Mr. Eric P. Walker Mr. and Mrs. George C. Wallace Jr. Ms. Lisa S. Wallace (MSN 1989) Mrs. Renece Waller-Wise (BSN 1981) and Dr. Steven D. Wise Ms. Tricia C. Wallwork

Ms. Joni P. Walton (BSN 1982) Mr. Henry Barret Ware Ms. Candace J. Wason Mrs. Lisa C. Watkins (BSN 1986) Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Watson Ms. Penni I. Watts Dr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Watts Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. G. Waudby Mrs. Adrienne M. Webb (BSN 1977) and Mr. Wayne W. Webb Mrs. Cynthia S. Weeks (BSN 1981) and Mr. Alan S. Weeks Mrs. Mary H. Wegenka (BSN 1972) and Mr. William E. Wegenka Mrs. Gloria Parker Weimer (DIPL 1967) and Mr. George V. Weimer Mr. and Mrs. Stewart H. Welch III Ms. Linda M. Weld (MSN 1982) Mrs. Jacqueline Westbrook (BSN 1990, MSN 2002) and Mr. Roy Westbrook Mrs. Willie Mae Whatley (BSN 1987) and Mr. Sammy R. Whatley Mrs. Catherine L. Whelton (BSN 1972) and Mr. James P. Whelton Mr. and Mrs. Clima J. White Ms. Denise White (BSN 1982, MSN 1988) Mrs. Janet J. White (BSN 1973) Mrs. Tracie R. White (MSN 2010) Mr. and Mrs. William Bew White III Mr. and Mrs. H. Pennington Whiteside Jr. Mr. James W. Wick (BSN 1977) and Mrs. Delee Wick Ms. Valerie Wiggins (MSN 1990) Mrs. Karley Kay Wigton (BSN 1976, MSN 1981) and Mr. Lyle A. Wigton Mrs. Melissa M. Wilbanks (BSN 1995) and Mr. G. Scott Wilbanks Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Willcox Jr. Mrs. Alina K. Williams (MSN 1990) and Mr. Mark K. Williams Mrs. Liana Williams Ms. Molly J. Williams Mr. Kenny M. Williamson Ms. Elizabeth C. Miner Willis (BSN 1954) Ms. Donna M. Wilson Mrs. Gloria R. Wilson (BSN 1985) and Mr. Charles Wilson Mrs. Jane L. Wilson Ms. Joan M. Wilson (BSN 2007) Ms. Judith F. Harris Wilson (DIPL 1962) Dr. Lynda A. Wilson and Dr. Craig M. Wilson Dr. Natalie L. Wilson (DNP 2011) Mr. Carl F. Wittichen Mr. and Mrs. G. Russell Wolsfelt Mr. and Mrs. David W. Wood Mr. and Mrs. David W. Wood II Mr. Gary D. Wood Mrs. Jeannette G. Woodall (BSN 1980) and Mr. Jerre M. Woodall Mrs. Patience T. Woodall (MSN 1974) Mr. George W. Woodall Mr. and Mrs. William C. Woodall III Dr. Shelia Woodard (BSN 1977) Mrs. Sharon K. Wouters (BSN 1982) and Dr. Erich W. Wouters Mrs. Carolyn M. Wright (BSN 1970, MSN 1982) and Mr. John R. Wright Jr. Mrs. Charlotte C. Wynn (BSN 78, MSN 83) and Mr. Warren C. Wynn Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Yates Mrs. Elizabeth A. Yeilding Mrs. Laura C. Young (BSN 1970, MSN 1983) and Mr. David E. Young

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