• Dr. Harper is recently retired Dean of the UAB School of Nursing. During her time as dean she also was Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing and served as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on International Nursing at UAB, one of ten centers in the United States that focus on nursing education to improve the care for children and families through global outreach. Dr. Harper's scholarly work breaks new ground in joint academic/service partnerships for nursing workforce development
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Academic-Practice Partnership Pivot during COVID-19 Pandemic SurgeNursing Administration Quarterly.  46:103-112. 2022
    2021 Academic service-learning nursing partnerships in the Americas: a scoping reviewBMC Nursing.  20. 2021
    2021 The evolution of a clinical scholars program through a pediatric nursing academic-practice partnershipJournal of Professional Nursing.  37:954-961. 2021
    2021 Innovations in evaluating nursing academic practice partnershipsJONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics and Regulation.  51:347-353. 2021
    2021 Academic/clinical nursing integration in academic health systemsNursing Outlook.  69:234-242. 2021
    2020 Alignment of a PhD program in nursing with the AACN report on the research-focused doctorate in nursing: A descriptive analysisJournal of Professional Nursing.  36:604-610. 2020
    2020 An Innovative Approach for Graduate Education for Psychiatric Nurse PractitionersJournal of Professional Nursing.  36:526-530. 2020
    2020 Sustainability of an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Model for Population HealthNursing Administration Quarterly.  44:221-234. 2020
    2020 Development of an academic practice partnership to improve maternal child healthJournal of Professional Nursing.  36:116-122. 2020
    2020 Interprofessional collaborative practice model to advance population healthPopulation Health Management2020
    2020 Essential global health competencies for baccalaureate nursing students in the United States: A mixed methods Delphi studyJournal of Advanced Nursing.  76:725-740. 2020
    2019 A Curriculum to Expand Rural Health Care AccessJournal for Nurse Practitioners.  15:e69-e72. 2019
    2019 Introduction to the Special Issue on Healthcare Quality Initiatives for VeteransJournal for Healthcare Quality.  41:65-66. 2019
    2019 Introduction to the Special Issue on Healthcare Quality Initiatives for VeteransJournal for Healthcare Quality.  41:65-66. 2019
    2019 Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residents Improve Quality and Mental Health Outcomes for Veterans Through Measurement-Based CareJournal for Healthcare Quality.  41:118-124. 2019
    2019 Strengthening universal health: Development of a nursing and midwifery education quality improvement toolkit 2019
    2018 Meeting health care needs in rural Alabama: The power of partnershipsJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  29:1177-1187. 2018
    2018 Meeting healthcare needs in rural Alabama: The power of partnershipsJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  29:1177-1187. 2018
    2017 Clinical residency training: Is it essential to the Doctor of Nursing Practice for nurse practitioner preparation?Nursing Outlook.  65:50-57. 2017
    2016 Transforming veterans health care through academic-practice partnershipsNursing Outlook.  64:424-430. 2016
    2015 On Leadership ... AgainRadiology management.  37:6. 2015
    2015 Caring for America's Veterans: The power of academic-practice partnershipNursing Administration Quarterly.  39:263-271. 2015
    2015 Partnership to Improve Quality Care for Veterans: The VA Nursing AcademyJournal of Professional Nursing.  31:57-63. 2015
    2014 Leadership Lessons in Global Nursing and Health From The Nightingale Letter Collection at the University of Alabama at BirminghamJournal of Holistic Nursing.  32:44-53. 2014
    2013 Equipping the nursing workforce to care for the unique needs of veterans and their familiesNurse Leader.  11:45-48. 2013
    2013 Equipping the nursing workforce to care for the unique needs of veterans and their families.Nurse Leader2013
    2013 Global perspectives on nursing leadership: Lessons learned from an international nursing and health care leadership development program.Journal of Nursing Education and Practice2013
    2012 Global health competencies for nurses in the AmericasJournal of Professional Nursing2012
    2012 Global Health Competencies for Nurses in the AmericasJournal of Professional Nursing.  28:213-222. 2012
    2011 International nursing leadership program: A partnership perspective. 2011
    2008 The Research Advisory Committee: An Effective Forum for Developing a Research Dynamic EnvironmentJournal of Professional Nursing.  24:241-245. 2008
    2008 NPs and MDs: an evolving partnership. Interview by Sarah Lebo.Advance for nurse practitioners.  16:55-59. 2008
    2008 The Network for Nursing in Child Health.Pediatric nursing.  34. 2008
    2008 The network for child healthPediatric nursing2008
    2007 Forging a quality healthcare agenda for ARNP's 2007
    2006 Educating nurses to improve quality care 2006
    2006 Erratum: Quality improvement learning collaboratives (Quality Management in Health Care (2005) 14, 4 (239)) 2006
    2005 Developing and refining interventions in persons with health disparities: The use of Qualitative DescriptionNursing Outlook.  53:127-133. 2005
    2005 Quality improvement learning collaboratives. 2005
    2004 A policy agenda for medicare funding for nursing educationNursing Outlook2004
    2004 Medicare funding for nursing education: Proposal for a coherent policy agendaNursing Outlook.  52:297-303. 2004
    2002 Can nurse practitioners and physicians beat parochialism into plowshares?Health Affairs.  21:133-142. 2002
    2002 A nursing pipeline 2002
    2000 Education for advanced practice nursing 2000
    1999 Cybercases: an innovation in internet education.Journal of Nursing Education.  38:415-418. 1999
    1998 Bone up on osteoporosis. Development of the Facts on Osteoporosis Quiz.Orthopaedic Nursing.  17:66-73. 1998
    1998 Bone up on osteoporosis: Facts on osteoporosis quizOrthopaedic Nursing1998
    1998 The New Generation of Nurse Practitioners: Is More Enough?Health Affairs.  17:158-164. 1998
    1997 Taking Aim at interdisciplinary education for Continuous Improvement in Health CareNursing Education Perspectives.  18:308-315. 1997
    1997 Interdisciplinary education for continuous improvement in healthcare: Nursing roles and perspectives 1997
    1996 Blessed are the flexible: the George Team. 1996
    1996 Education for advanced practice nursing 1996
    1996 Partnership for a nurse practitioner-directed student health primary care centerJournal of Professional Nursing.  12:365-372. 1996
    1995 Advanced practice nursing. Part 1--Changes on the horizon: an interview with Doreen C. Harper.Pediatric nursing.  21:41-42. 1995
    1993 An economic paradigm for nurse practitioner program developmentJournal of Professional Nursing.  9:148-152. 1993
    1992 NANP responds to criticsNurse Practitioner.  17:6-8. 1992
    1991 Np unity impossible without reorganization of NANPNurse Practitioner.  16. 1991
    1991 Unity impossible without reorganization of NANPNurse Practitioner1991
    1990 25 Years later: 25 exceptional nurse practitioners look at the movement's evolution and address future challenges for the roleNurse Practitioner1990
    1990 Perimenopause and beyond 1990
    1990 The principle of justice: Case analysis 1990
    1988 Clinical leadership 1988
    1988 The patient's guide to medical tests 1988
    1988 Who are our leaders? 1988
    1987 Implementation of the model in the University of Maryland RN-to-BSN program. 1987
    1987 Case study on implementation of the model at the University of Maryland RN to BSN Program 1987
    1986 Methodological issues in intergenerational family nursing research.Advances in Nursing Science.  8:38-49. 1986
    1985 Process in advanced practiceJournal of Professional Nursing1985
    1985 Sections on central nervous system drugs 1985
    1985 Sections on central nervous system drugs 1985
    1985 The process of advanced nursing practiceJournal of Professional Nursing.  1:323-385. 1985
    1984 Application of Orem's theoretical constructs to self-care medication behaviors in the elderly.Advances in Nursing Science.  6:29-46. 1984
    1984 Meeting the organizational needs of NPS: Proposal and responseNurse Practitioner.  9. 1984
    1984 Social need and gender among college studentsPsychological Reports1984
    1984 Synopsis of a proposal to modify the Council of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners 1984
    1983 Organizing for powerNurse Practitioner.  8:24-33. 1983
    1982 Decision making for patient care 1982
    1982 The extinction of the nurse practitioner: Threat or reality?Nurse Practitioner.  7:22-30. 1982
    1981 Concepts of nursing interaction for the childbearing family 1981

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Harper has taught and led at all levels of nursing and medical education, including the inaugural nursing program at George Mason University, the University of Maryland School of Nursing, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, University of Maryland System : College Park 1980
  • Master of Nursing in Psychiatric / Mental Health Nurse / Nursing, The Catholic University of America 1974
  • Bachelor of Nursing in Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse, Cornell University 1971
  • Awards And Honors

  • UAB National Alumni Society Honorary Alumni Award, 2020
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Melanie C. Dreher Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support, 2019
  • Birmingham Business Journal - Who’s Who in Birmingham Health Care? Key Leaders to Know in Magic City Medicine, 2018
  • American Associate of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) - New Era Award, 2018
  • UAB Heath Systems Inaugural Board Member, 2016
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) - Exemplary Academic Practice Partnership Award, 2015
  • Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame Inductee - UA Capstone College of Nursing Board of Visitor, 2015
  • Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Women of Distinction Award, 2015
  • Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Inc., Legends in White Inductee, 2013
  • UAB School of Nursing First Appointed Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing, 2011
  • Profiled as an Outstanding Alabama Business Women, 2010
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2007
  • Birmingham's 100 Most Influential People, 2007
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006
  • Achievement in Research Award, 2002
  • Nurse Practitioner Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999
  • Collaborative Interdisciplinary Community Based Education Model, recognized as one of twenty community based academic partnerships, 1997
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 1994
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, 1991
  • Recognized as one of 25 Exceptional Nurse Practitioners, 1990
  • Special Distinction, Who's Who in American Nursing, 1986
  • Special Distinction, Who's Who in American Nursing, 1984
  • Nursing Research Fellowship Award, 1977
  • Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award, District VIII, 1975
  • Professional Traineeship Award, 1972
  • Full Name

  • Doreen Harper