Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Dean of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing, was recently inducted into the University of Alabama (UA) Nursing Hall of Fame. Adams is highly respected throughout the state of Alabama for her contributions to nursing and nursing education.
Known for being a transformative leader in nursing education, Adams was inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame for her dedication to the nursing profession. Beyond her role as Dean at UAH, Adams also developed KidCheck, an innovative partnership that links nursing programs and community partners to improve the health of Alabama’s children. Adams is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.
Dr. Adams tells www.UAH.edu, “Being selected for the nursing Hall of Fame is a wonderful accomplishment for me and one that I will always cherish because it awards my achievements in both nursing education as well as practice.”
Adams received her bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She also earned a post-doctoral certificate in rural case management from the UA Capstone College of Nursing. Her other credentials include serving as past president of the National League for Nursing and a current Fellow in the University of Alabama and Southeastern Leadership Conference.
Dr. Adams was honored for her induction to the Nursing Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Oct. 5. To learn more about Dr. Adams and her role as Dean of the UAH College of Nursing, visit here.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing recently announced that they have received more than $4 million in funding to support graduate programs for the 2017-18 academic year. The funding will go toward supporting students who are preparing for careers as advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, and nurse researchers, and to help expand primary care services for rural and medically underserved populations.
Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing, Doreen C. Harper, tells AL.com, “The UAB School of Nursing remains vested in providing patients, families and the profession with the best-educated advanced practice nurses, educators and researchers, and these funds are critical to our mission. They help to ensure that our best and brightest continue their advanced nursing studies and become the leaders of the world’s nursing workforce and those who will meet our greatest health care challenges head on through education, research and clinic practice.”
The funding sources include $2.66 million from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), for their Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program and Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The ANEW funding will allow the school to enhance and expand its commitment to increasing primary care for rural populations across Alabama by integrating behavioral health care training. The NFLP funding will support doctoral students who are committed to becoming nurse educators through the school’s PhD or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.
To learn more about UAB’s nursing graduate programs, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Calvin Kennedy, a Nurse Team Leader in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. As a two-time kidney transplant recipient, Kennedy joined Team Mountain in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to showcase the power of organ donation.
Kennedy joined Team Mountain to help raise awareness for kidney disease and the power of living, proving that deceased-donation gives recipients a second chance at life. He made the trip to Tanzania, Africa over the summer with 11 other members of Team Mountain who were motivated to bring awareness to organ donation.
Unfortunately, Kennedy was an hour and a half into the last climb when his body wouldn’t let him climb any further. Suffering from torn ligaments in one of his knees and intestinal parasites he acquired while climbing, Kennedy was exhausted and in excruciating pain at 17,000 feet above sea level with only three miles left to go. Disappointed but aware that he would be endangering his teammates by continuing, Kennedy knew it was time to turn around, and that reaching the summit was not the ultimate message he was trying to send. He tells UAB.edu:
“I wanted to show people that, when you do get a transplant, you can live and live well and do things – do great things. And if you donate an organ as a living donor or a deceased donor, you can help someone live a productive and exciting life. I think this accomplished that. I hope I did.”
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. 35,000 tourists attempt the climb every year, but only about half of them make it to the peak. Kennedy is proud of his teammates who did make it to the summit and the entire team’s efforts to prove the power of organ donation.
To learn more about Kennedy’s experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro alongside Team Mountain, visit here.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) recently welcomed a new faculty member to the College of Nursing. Dr. Thuy Lam Lynch recently began her tenure as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at UAH. After earning her undergraduate degree in nursing from UAH, Lynch says becoming a nursing professor at the university feels like coming home.
Dr. Lynch was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and realized at a young age that she wanted to become a nurse after encountering the kind and caring nature of her own nurses during a hospital stay as a young patient. Lynch grew up in Huntsville, AL, and after graduating high school with honors she enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UAH. Explaining her decision to pursue higher education, Lynch tells UAH.edu:
“I was inspired and encouraged by my hospital nursing director to pursue a Master’s degree in Nursing. I believe in life-long learning, so naturally I enrolled in a PhD nursing program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). My studies in the doctoral program helped to shape my worldview and better understand the experiences of others.”
Lynch graduated from UAB in 2012 with distinguished doctoral student honors and a specialty in pediatric nursing. She is honored to be among the faculty at UAH and give back to the nursing program where her career started. This fall she will be teaching Mental Health Nursing in the undergraduate program at UAH.
To learn more about Dr. Thuy Lam Lynch and her career in nursing, visit here.
Our Nurses of the Week are Sabrina Kopf, ACNP-BC, and her husband and fellow DNP student Scott Kopf, ACNP-BC, who recently graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. They are the first husband-wife team to earn their doctorates simultaneously as part of UAB’s Post-MSN to DNP Pathway program.
Scott and Sabrina share a lot in common. They are both acute care nurse practitioners, both work with transplant patients at UAB hospital (Scott with lung transplant patients and Sabrina with heart transplant patients), and are both adjunct clinical instructors in the school’s Master of Science in Nursing Program, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track.
The couple first met in 2007 at UAB Hospital where Scott would bring patients from the Emergency Department to Sabrina on the Trauma and Burn Intensive Care Unit. They eventually started dating in 2009, then married in 2011, and have now graduated together during UAB’s 2017 summer commencement ceremony and doctoral hooding which was held on August 12.
Scott tells UAB.edu, “As nurse practitioners, we both saw the need for the DNP degree because it would give us more skills to improve patient outcomes and help us have more impact on health care as a whole. We thought it would be good to go together because we knew we would have a good support system throughout the DNP program and at home.”
Their built-in buddy system while completing their DNP was beneficial to both, allowing them to provide encouragement, support, and feedback when they needed it. A unique relationship for two nurses following similar career paths, they treasure their bond as husband and wife, and as nurses and students. To learn more about Sabrina and Scott’s shared path to nursing, visit here.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing was recently designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing (NLN). The NLN utilizes their Center of Excellence program to recognize schools that demonstrate a commitment to excellence and invested resources to distinguish themselves in a specific area of nursing education.
UAB was recognized for its sustained efforts to “Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development,” a four-year designation that will remain through 2021. Doreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UAB School of Nursing, tells UABNews:
“This designation is an external confirmation of the UAB School of Nursing’s commitment to preparing future nursing leaders, and aligns with our strategic goals of maintaining excellence in teaching and learning, and provides acknowledgement of faculty efforts in continual quality improvement.”
UAB School of Nursing faculty and students are honored by the Center of Excellence designation, and especially proud of the School of Nursing’s dedication to producing professional and advanced practice nurses to care for patients in rural and underserved areas. The school will be recognized at the NLN’s 2017 Education Summit, held in San Diego, CA in September. To learn more about the UAB School of Nursing, visit here.