Nursing Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care

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    Allison Shorten PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Department Chairperson 2019 -

    Dr. Allison Shorten, Professor in Nursing, serves as Director of UAB Office of Interprofessional Curriculum. An Australian registered nurse and midwife, Dr. Shorten is internationally recognized for her trailblazing Birth Choices decision aid research. A fellow of the Australian College of Midwives, she has made significant contributions to the midwifery profession and international research supporting shared decision making in pregnancy. Dr. Shorten, an expert in evidence based curriculum desig...

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    Carla Turner DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, Coordinator 2017 -

    After many years in the acute care clinical setting and after completing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Dr. Carla C. Turner developed a vigorous commitment to nursing education. She joined the team of outstanding professionals at UAB School of Nursing in August 2014. Dr. Turner has worked in Hospitalist Medicine, Pulmonary/ Sickle Cell Outpatient Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

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    David Vance PhD, MGS, MS, Associate Dean 2019 -

    Dr. David Vance is a psychologist who actively researches neurocognitive aging and HIV. His funded studies focus on transcranial direct current stimulation, olfactory dysfunction, cognitive prescriptions, and others. He co-chairs the Neurocognitive Group of the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study, a national longitudinal cohort study. His scholarship has led to numerous publications (+245 peer-reviewed articles) and presentations (+450) as well as being an invited member to a White House forum an...

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    Lisa Pair DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Coordinator 2017 -

    A Board Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner since 1992, Dr. Pair has focused her clinical practice in the care of women across the life-span.

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    Marie Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN, Interim Associate Dean for Research 2020 -

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Matthew Jennings M.ED., BFA, Director of Instructional Technology 2020 -

    Matthew Jennings has a Master of Education in Instructional Design and is currently an Instructor and Director of Instructional Technology in the UAB School of Nursing. Before working with the School of Nursing, he served as the System Administrator for UAB’s Learning Management System, working with both faculty and IT. He has conducted numerous faculty training courses in the use of technology to enhance the educational experience.

    Matthew is passionate about helping faculty to underst...

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    Rhonda McLain PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Dean 2011 -

    Dr. Rhonda McLain is an experienced educator with expertise in the areas of teaching-learning strategies, curriculum development and program evaluation. Having taught more than 20 years in undergraduate education, Dr. McLain has led the development of innovative nursing curricula designed to prepare new nurses in meeting client needs in an ever-changing health care environment. As an educator in the classroom, Dr. McLain has been recognized by her students for her creative teaching strategies th...

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    Alice Bristow MSN, CRNP, CNE, CWCN, FNP-BC, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    Though Ms. Alice Bristow came to nursing later in life, she has enjoyed numerous opportunities for professional growth, both in education and practice. As an instructor for family nurse practitioner students, she views her role as educator, coach, advocate, encourager, and sometimes comforter. "The nursing students at UAB are among the most capable in the nation, and are our greatest resource - both at the university level and for the future of nursing."

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    Allison Jones PhD, RN, CCNS, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Jones began her nursing career working in the University of Kentucky Emergency Department, a Level I trauma center. She completed her PhD in Nursing in 2015 with a focus on outcomes associated with use of older stored blood in patients with major trauma. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Acute Care, and in Patient Blood Management. Dr. Jones is actively involved in the Stop the Bleed campaign through her connections with the UAB trauma team, and is a certified Stop The...

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    Allison Shorten PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Professor (P) 2019 -

    Dr. Allison Shorten, Professor in Nursing, serves as Director of UAB Office of Interprofessional Curriculum. An Australian registered nurse and midwife, Dr. Shorten is internationally recognized for her trailblazing Birth Choices decision aid research. A fellow of the Australian College of Midwives, she has made significant contributions to the midwifery profession and international research supporting shared decision making in pregnancy. Dr. Shorten, an expert in evidence based curriculum desig...

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    Bela Patel DNP, CRNP, NP-C, Instructor (P) 2016 -

    Bela Patel received her MSN with specialty in Primary care and Geriatrics as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from UAB School of Nursing. She has experience in Geriatrics, Medical-Surgical, Diabetes and Gynecology/Oncology. She currently maintains her faculty practice as a nurse practitioner with School of Nursing’s PATH clinic which specializes in providing care for indigent patients with diagnoses of diabetes.

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    Bryan Wilbanks PhD, DNP, CRNA, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Wilbanks is a nurse anesthetist with over 12 years of clinical experience. He is also an educator and researcher. His expertise is in nursing informatics, specifically how electronic health record interface design impacts usability in real-world settings.

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    C Ann Gakumo PhD, RN, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. C. Ann Gakumo is internationally known for her research in addressing health disparities and low health literacy in African Americans living with HIV. In addition to her research, she has made significant contributions in advancing health literacy initiatives and global health into health professional education

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    Carla Turner DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    After many years in the acute care clinical setting and after completing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Dr. Carla C. Turner developed a vigorous commitment to nursing education. She joined the team of outstanding professionals at UAB School of Nursing in August 2014. Dr. Turner has worked in Hospitalist Medicine, Pulmonary/ Sickle Cell Outpatient Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

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    Caroline Cartledge MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, Instructor (P) 2017 -

    Ms. Cartledge is an Instructor in the Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care Department of the School of Nursing at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently the Operations Manager of the Nursing Competency Suites. She has a background in medical-surgical nursing, cardiology, dermatology, and gynecology/oncology. She developed a passion for education early in her nursing career and graduated from the Nurse Educator program at UAB School of Nursing in 2016 and later finished her Famil...

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    Carolyn Pickering, Associate Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Cheryl Robinson DNS, CRNP, NNP-BC, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Acute,Chronic, Continuing Care Department. She teaches at both the MSN and DNP program levels and has been recognized with teaching and eLeader awards. Dr. Robinson serves member of the SON's Curriculum Committee, a committee member for the Alabama Department of Public Health, - Office of Women’s Health, and as a CCNE Site Team Leader and Evaluator. Memberships include: AWHONN (2014 Conference Planning Committee), NANN, NANNP, AANP, NLN, SSTI.

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    Cori Johnson DNP, CRNP, NP-C, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Cori Johnson is a board-certified Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and also has a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree. She started her career as an RN in UAB’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She then worked as a Nurse Practitioner with the Vascular Division at UAB. Currently she is a full-time Instructor at the SON and teaches in the Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She has a faculty practice as a nurse practitioner at the PATH Clinic, which provides c...

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    Courtney Edwards MSN, RN, CNL, Instructor (P) 2016 -

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    Dana Mitchell DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CHFN, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Dana Mitchell joined the UABSON as faculty in 2015. Her clinical expertise includes critical care nursing and cardiology, with subspecialty experience in heart failure and heart and lung transplantation. She holds a specialty certification in heart failure nursing and is an active member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Dr. Mitchell teaches in both the graduate and prelicensure programs.

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    David Vance PhD, MGS, MS, Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. David Vance is a psychologist who actively researches neurocognitive aging and HIV. His funded studies focus on transcranial direct current stimulation, olfactory dysfunction, cognitive prescriptions, and others. He co-chairs the Neurocognitive Group of the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study, a national longitudinal cohort study. His scholarship has led to numerous publications (+245 peer-reviewed articles) and presentations (+450) as well as being an invited member to a White House forum an...

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    Deborah Ejem PhD, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Edwin Aroke PhD, CRNA, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Aroke is a CRNA and Assistant Professor in the Nurse Anesthesia track. In 2016, Dr. Aroke received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School with distinction; earning the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for his academic excellence, and clinical/community leadership. In 2011, he completed his Nurse Anesthesia education at Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program in Durham, NC.

    Dr. Aroke is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), The Nu...

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    Elizabeth Byrd MSN, RN, CCNS, Instructor (P) 2017 -

    Elizabeth M. Byrd graduated with her BSN from the UAB SON in May of 2004. She started her clinical practice as a bedside nightshift nurse on the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital. In 2009, she accepted the interim Advanced Nursing Coordinator position on the same unit and spent the next five years orienting new nursing staff, validating skills during competencies, and conducting quality improvement and quality assurance programs, all while working on her MSN. After obta...

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    Emily Patton MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, Instructor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Patton is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and international medicine. She is an Instructor and the Project Faculty Liaison on a NEPQR grant entitled "Building a Resilient Primary Care Registered Nurse Workforce for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control in Alabama." She has a passion for providing medical care and health education to underserved populations both at home and abroad, and currently has a volunteer faculty pract...

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    Erin Clarkson, Instructor (P) 2017 -

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    Frank Puga PhD, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

    Dr. Frank Puga is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Puga received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin where he received training in behavioral neuroscience. Under the mentorship of Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Dr. Puga investigated functional networks of information processing and sensory gating using animal models and Pavlovian learning paradigms. This work provided the ...

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    Frank Wiser MPA, CPE, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    Mr. Wiser has been involed in grants and contracts administration in both university and nonprofit settings for 19 years. He is well respected within the School of Nursing and at the instiutional level for his research administration prowess. Mr. Wiser has helped develop a model grant and contract office within the school of nursing's office of research and scholarship to directly support faculty research, education and training, clinical practice, and scholarship endeavors.

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    Gary Milligan DNP, MHSA, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Milligan is currently the director of the RN to BSN, RN Mobility Program. He has taught in multiple programs in the School of Nursing, is actively involved in school and university service, and currently focuses on distance accessible educational delivery.

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    Grace Grau DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, AACCDNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Grace Grau is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She currently holds a dual appointment as faculty-Instructor at the SON and CRNP at UAB Medicine in the department of CVD/Interventional Cardiology.

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    Heather Patterson PharmD, BSN, RN, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Patterson is an Instructor in the Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care Department. She is a licensed pharmacist teaching in the distance accessible MSN pharmacology course and is very passionate about teaching pharmacology content to nursing students.

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    James Dionne-Odom PhD, MSN, MA, RN, ACHPN, FPCN, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Jennie Alspach MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Instructor (P) 2015 -

    Mrs. Jennie Alspach has a background as a Family Nurse Practitioner and broad work experience at the Senior Health Center, Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury unit. She became interested in education and worked as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor teaching in the undergraduate program before joining the UAB SON as full-time faculty. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

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    Jennifer Ledlow MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CNL, Instructor (P) 2018 -

    Ms. Ledlow attained her ADN from Central Alabama Community College, and both her BSN and MSN, from UAB School of Nursing. She has over 14 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including medical/surgical, hospice, critical care, and administration. Ms. Ledlow has been an Adjunct Clinical Instructor since December of 2016. She joined the UAB School of Nursing as full-time faculty in January of 2018. Ms. Ledlow is and Instructor and the Student Success Educator in the Nursing Comp...

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    Joan Keltner PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Grant is a Professor of Nursing in the UAB School of Nursing. She has more than 30 years of experience working with neuroscience and other populations with disabilities. She is an expert in family caregiving and those with disabilities who experience psychosocial problems. Dr. Grant’s previous funding efforts relate to telehealth interventions using social support and problem-solving skills to manage psychosocial problems in the home and other settings. She publishes on stroke, heart failure...

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    Joy Deupree PhD, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow (2014-2017) and serves as an appointed member to the Alabama Governor's Health Care Improvement Task Force and Chairs the Health Literacy Partnership of AL . Dr. Deupree has served in many leadership roles for professional organizations and is currently the senior adviser for policy for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama the professional association she co-founded in 2006 which represents th...

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    Kaitlen Woodfin MSN, CRNA, Instructor (P) 2015 -

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    Kaitrin Parris DNP, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Parris is known throughtout the medical community for her experience in nursing administration, nursing educaton and home care. Dr. Parris has spent 11 years at a large teaching institute providing care and leadership to critical care nurses. Most recently she has joined the UAB School of Nursing to educate and mentor BSN and AMNP students.

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    Kala Blakely DNP, CRNP, NP-C, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Kala Blakely has been an adult nurse practitioner since March 2011. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women's health and primary care to those in rural Alabama. Dr. Blakely's faculty practice is her motivation for scholarship. She desires to bring quality healthcare to those in underserved areas. Dr. Blakely teaches in the adult-gerontology primary care track. She also serves on the UAB School of Nursing Alumni Board and enjoys involvement in numerous other professional organizatio...

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    Karen Heaton PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAAOHN, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Karen Heaton’s program of research is primarily focused on the effects of sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea on cognition and injury risk in workers. For example, she has been involved in projects that explored the impact of distraction and health issues on driving and driving performance issues among aging truck drivers, and self-assessment of driving performance compared to real-time simulated driving performance among truck drivers.

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    Kathryn Langley MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, Instructor (P) 2017 -

    Ms. Langley is an instructor and co-coordinator in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty track. Ms. Langley joined the School of Nursing as a full-time instructor in August 2017 after being an adjunct instructor for 2 years in the graduate program.

    She graduated from UAB SON with a BSN in 1998, then again in 2014 with a MSN. She is certified through the ANCC as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP. As a RN, primary interest was in invasive cardiology and electrop...

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    Kendra Weaver MSN, BSN, ACNP, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Weaver's primary experience as an RN is in critical care working in Surgical, Medical, and Trauma and Burn intensive care units. Additionally, she is certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and has worked as a nurse practitioner on hospitalist, orthopedic, and diabetes services. Currently, she holds a Faculty Practice at the UAB Providing Access to Healthcare (PATH) Clinic.

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    Kesha Thurston DNP, CRNA, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Kristin Ashley, Instructor (P) 2019 -

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    Laura Steadman EdD, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Laura Steadman has been in Nursing Education for 23 years and at UAB SON for 9 years. Her background is as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She currently has a faculty practice at Wylam Adult Health Care Center.

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    Lauren Cain EdD, MSN, RN, CNE®, Instructor (P) 2019 -

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    Lisa Pair DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    A Board Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner since 1992, Dr. Pair has focused her clinical practice in the care of women across the life-span.

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    Loretta Lee PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor and a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with more than 15 years experience as a FNP. She earned a BSN from the University of Alabama. Shortly thereafter she completed a MSN at the UAB followed by a Post Masters FNP at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She has both clinical and management experience. Her clinical background includes: GI surgery, diabetes, cardiology, telemetry, critical care, and primary care. Most of her primary care pract...

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    Maria Shirey PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN, Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Shirey is an internationally recognized expert in nursing leadership and management. Her research focuses on studying nurse manager work complexity to better understand and influence authentic leadership practices. Dr. Shirey’s research identifies structures and processes required to maximize outcomes associated with nursing leadership. She teaches leadership, management, health policy, and scholarly writing in the DNP program. A prolific author and editor, Dr. Shirey is a mentor to developi...

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    Marie Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN, Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Marla Couture MSN, CRNP, ACNP-BC, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    I have been a critical care nurse for 25 years and have been an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with a sub specialization in cardio-pulmonary for 17 of those years. I have worked in a variety of fields, including cardiology, pulmonary, internal medicine, urgent care, and have worked as an ACNP in the Emergency Room. I am currently the Sub-Specialty Track Coordinator of the RN First Assistant Program at UAB SON. I also am course manager over NUR 614, Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Course. I a...

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    Matthew Jennings M.ED., BFA, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    Matthew Jennings has a Master of Education in Instructional Design and is currently an Instructor and Director of Instructional Technology in the UAB School of Nursing. Before working with the School of Nursing, he served as the System Administrator for UAB’s Learning Management System, working with both faculty and IT. He has conducted numerous faculty training courses in the use of technology to enhance the educational experience.

    Matthew is passionate about helping faculty to underst...

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    Michael Mosley MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Instructor (P) 2015 -

    My nursing career has taken me from acute care to intensive care, into primary care, home care, and into administration. I have spent my career, thus far, caring for the adult and geriatric population. For the past 7 years, I have worked in home care from the field nursing level through administration. Over the course of completing my graduate degree at UAB while working in home care, I developed both a desire to work with chronically ill and limited access individuals as well as a need to educa...

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    Michele Talley PhD, CRNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Talley leads a team of talented faculty for the MSN Program at UAB. Her experience in diabetes and cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery yield many opportunities to share with students. Her current endeavors will include teaching, maintaining a practice for diabetes care, and focusing her research on diabetes care, interprofessional teams, and care of the uninsured.

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    Nancy Claus DNP, CRNP, NP-C, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Claus is a nursing instructor who prides herself on the success of her students. She is currently teaching in the Undergraduate and RN Mobility program. She recently graduated from the DNP Program where her project was "Evaluating self-perceived knowledge of med-surg nurses on Veteran Care competencies at a non-VHA facility."

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    Nancy Wingo PhD, MA, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Nancy Wingo, MA, PhD (c) is a non-clinical instructor in the UAB School of Nursing, where she teaches in the Nurse Educator track and works with faculty to implement innovative teaching strategies and increase student engagement in online and on-ground courses. She also has special interests in educational technology and simulation debriefing. She taught high school AP English for many years and was previously the Projects Analyst to the Provost at UAB.

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    Natalie Baker DNP, CRNP, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, GS-C, FAANP, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Natalie Baker has been a nurse practitioner for 24 years. Her area of interest is caring for frail older adults in long term care settings. She is actively involved in local and national organizations promoting evidence based initiatives for this patient population. She is the coordinator of the adult/gerontology primary nurse practitioner specialty track and maintains a clinical practice at a long term care facility.

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    Pamela Bowen PhD, BA, CRNP, FNP-BC, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Bowen has been a certified family nurse practitioner since 2000. Her patient population has been predominantly African Americans with obesity-related chronic illnesses, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. She has personally witnessed the struggles people with limited resources face as it relates to adopting healthier lifestyle behaviors. Because of her research interest and clinical nursing experience, she is cognizant that reducing obesity health disparities among ...

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    Paula Midyette MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, Instructor (P) 2017 -

    Paula Midyette earned both her BSN and MSN from the School of Nursing. She is a board certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and is also CCRN certified. Ms. Midyette has over 25 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with experience with consulting, teaching, quality improvement, and research related to cardiovascular and thoracic surgical nursing. She has expertise managing adults and children with cardiovascular disorders including advanced therapies such as ventricular assist devices...

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    Peng Li PhD, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Li's major research interest includes design, management, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials, epidemiologic studies and evaluation research, with particular expertise in cluster-randomized trials. He has broad collaborative experience with researchers from multidiscipline including clinicians and biologists, involving in study design, power and sample size calculation, data management and analysis.

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    Penni Watts PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Penni Watts is currently the Director of Clinical Simulation and has been instrumental in the integration of clinical simulation experiences as well as interprofessional simulation experiences across multiple nursing programs. Her background includes over 25 years in critical care nursing. Her training in simulation includes the Center for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Instructor Course and the Advanced Instructor Course. Currently she is active on committees in INACSL and Society for S...

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    Rebecca Edwards DNP, CRNP, AOCNP, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. Her clinical experience is in the area of adult medical oncology, hospice, and palliative care. Her research experience and interests involve advancing cancer and palliative care nursing globally and locally. She co-coordinates the palliative care and oncology sub-specialty programs and is a current PhD student. Her dissertation work is in Jamaica where she is exploring ways to optimize palliative care in collaboration with loca...

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    Rebecca Jacobs MSN, RN, MSN, RN, Instructor and Clinical Operations Coordinator (P) 2020 -

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    Rebecca Suttle DNP, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, Instructor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Rebecca D. Suttle is a certified Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and an Instructor at the UAB School of Nursing. She spent her early nursing career working with bone marrow transplant patients and went on to practice as a nurse practitioner seeing hematology-oncology patients in the acute care setting. While practicing and teaching in an adjunct role, she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree and then transitioned to a full-time educator position, joining the faculty at...

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    Rhonda McLain PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Rhonda McLain is an experienced educator with expertise in the areas of teaching-learning strategies, curriculum development and program evaluation. Having taught more than 20 years in undergraduate education, Dr. McLain has led the development of innovative nursing curricula designed to prepare new nurses in meeting client needs in an ever-changing health care environment. As an educator in the classroom, Dr. McLain has been recognized by her students for her creative teaching strategies th...

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    Richard Taylor DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. He graduated from UAB School of Nursing in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree, received his Master’s degree in Adult Oncology Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco in 1987, a post graduate Adult Nurse Practitioner degree in 2000, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from UAB 2010. He is currently a UAB SON PhD student and his dissertation topic is life-space mobility in elderly rural community-dwelling cancer survivors...

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    Rita Jablonski PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN, Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Rita Jablonski’s internationally-renowned program of research is focused on improving the lives of older adults, especially those with dementia who reside in nursing homes. Her most recent studies have tested interventions that improve oral hygiene for persons with dementia who resist care. The strategies for reducing threat perception using dementia-centric communication strategies are congruent with the principles of person-centered care and nursing home culture change initiatives.

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    Ryan Richey MNA, CRNA, Instructor (P) 2018 -

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    Sabria Baker DNP, RN, CNE, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    Ms. Baker began her career in the Surgical Intensive Care at UAB Hospital. She became interested in education and moved to the school to teach clinicals for undergraduate nursing.

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    Sarah Coiner MSN, RN-BC, CNL, Instructor (P) 2020 -

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    Shawona Daniel PhD, RN, CRNP, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Daniel has over 14 years of experience in nursing education and over 19 years of clinical experience in the area of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). She completed her BSN at Tuskegee University and graduate studies at UAB earning a MSN in Adult Health and the PhD in Nursing. She practices with a nephrologist group in Alabama. Her research focus is understanding the relationship between nutrition and quality of life in ESRD patients. Improving overall psychosocial well-being in this populatio...

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    Somali Nguyen DNP, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, Instructor (P) 2019 -

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    Summer Powers DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, AACC, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Summer Langston has more than 11 years of experience in critical care and cardiovascular medicine. As an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, she is very involved in current practice and is an active member and leader in the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. As an educator, she has received special training in simulation and has special interests in interprofessional education.

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    Susan McMullan PhD, CRNA, CNE, CHSE, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. McMullan has been a CRNA for over 30 years. She has clinical experience in all forms of anesthesia with a focus on pediatric and cardiovascular anesthesia. Her teaching experience includes basic and advanced principles of nurse anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, and high-fidelity simulation. Her research focuses on patient safety in nurse anesthesia.
    She has received the AANA Foundation Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grants for her work on nurse anesthesia and patient safety.
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    Tara Wood DNP, CRNP-FO, NNP-BC, Instructor (P) 2018 -

    Tara Wood, DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC is the Coordinator for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

    Dr. Wood is a two-time alumna of the UAB School of Nursing, earning both her MSN and DNP degrees from UAB. Dr. Wood has provided care to infants and families in the Neonatal ICU for over 16 years. She maintains her neonatal nurse practitioner board certification through the National Certification Corporation.

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    Todd Hicks DNP, MNA, CRNA, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Todd Hicks earned a BS in education from Auburn University in 1999 and successfully taught in public secondary schools for three years. In 2004, Mr. Hicks earned his BSN from Auburn University, magna cum laude, and practiced as a critical care RN for two years. In 2006, he entered the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Program, from which he graduated in 2008. Since completing his MNA, Mr. Hicks has practiced clinically as a CRNA in Montgomery, AL, where he presently maintains his practice.

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    Tracie White DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CNOR, CRNFA, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Tracie White is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified RN First Assistant. She has spent her career caring for the surgical patient and has an interest in improving surgical processes and patient outcomes. She teaches in the Nationally ranked Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program and is the Coordinator for the RN First Assistant Subspecialty.

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    Victoria Bria MSN, RN, Instructor (P) 2017 -

    Ms. Bria is a faculty member in the undergraduate/pre-licensure program at UAB School of Nursing. Her clinical background includes emergency, critical care, trauma, burn, and preadmission nursing. After discovering a love for working with nursing students and new nurse orientees, she decided to seek a career in education. She graduated with her MSN in the Nurse Educator program through Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree in the future.

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    William Somerall Jr. MD, Med, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Artney Walker BSN, Office Services Specialist III 2011 -

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    Audrey Wrenn, Program Manager II 1999 -

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    Charis Smith 2020 -

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    Chinara Dosse, Program Manager 2014 -

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    Danny Wang, Data Analyst 2020 -

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    Jonathan Stewart, Program Manager 2020 -

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    Kaie White, Office Associate II 2019 -

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    Meg Bruck MSHI, Program Manager 2014 -

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    Peggy McKie 2005 -

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    Vicki Winstead MA, Scientist I 2009 -

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    Wesley Dismuke, Program Coordinator II 2020 -

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