"No deadline" for choosing vocation, says UAH nursing student

When Janet Phillips graduates from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) this December, she'll do so with a brand-new job title: nurse. It won't be her first career. Or even her second. What it will be, the Huntsville native says, is "a new direction that gives me the skills and opportunities to help people through nursing, while still utilizing my experience in education and management."

Phillips had actually wanted to be a nurse from her earliest days. "My first book report was on Florence Nightingale," she says. But as she grew up, "I moved into other areas and I didn't even think about pursuing nursing as an undergraduate." Instead she earned a degree in education, taking a job at Space Camp shortly after graduation.

"It was a fabulous experience! My initial role was as a counselor, but I ended up as the manager for the fourth through sixth grade program, managing program logistics for 300 kids a week," says Phillips. "It was a great job because I was still around children, but my role was to ensure the program ran smoothly and I loved that. It may be the most fun job I've ever had."

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UAH's Louise O'Keefe receives Alabama State Award from national nurse practitioner's organization

Louise C. O'Keefe, assistant professor of nursing in The UAH College of Nursing was recently honored by the prestigious organization the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) with a 2014 State Award for Excellence.

Dr. O'Keefe (PhD, CRNP), who also serves as the director of the UAH Faculty/Staff Clinic (FSC), was honored at an awards ceremony and reception in Nashville.

She was named director of the FSC in June 2007. The FSC is currently located in Spragins Hall (room 127D). Plans for a new UAH clinic location are underway to accommodate more health services in prevention and treatment. Dr. O'Keefe's scholarly focus on occupational health makes her uniquely qualified to provide services to university employees. She is recognized as a valued mentor and preceptor for other faculty and students.

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Merits of UAH phonathon more than just financial

Carly Hasting

Carly Hasting didn't have too many expectations when she signed up to work the bi-annual phonathon at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "I was thinking I'd call people and ask for money and that would be the end of it," she says. Instead, the senior nursing major came away with "so much more" – including a brand-new job as a technician at Huntsville Hospital.

Hasting had been tasked with calling alumni of the College of Nursing during the fall 2013 phonathon. The requirements were "pretty simple," she says, but she was still nervous. Some of the alumni she'd be calling had since gone on to join the college's faculty and were now her own professors. "Just the idea of calling a professor at home knowing I'd have to face them in class the next day was intimidating!" she says with a laugh.

She needn't have worried. In addition to being a fundraising initiative, explains Jennifer Brost, Director of Annual Giving & Research, the phonathon is also a chance to engage current students and alumni in meaningful dialogue. "Our students are not just calling to ask for money," she says. "They are also taking the opportunity to connect with alumni and share news and information from across the Charger Nation."

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UAH nursing conference to feature William Tarver, President of the Space Medicine Association


William J. Tarver will be the keynote speaker for UAH College of Nursing Space Life Sciences conference on Friday, Aug. 29. Dr. Tarver is president of the Space Medicine Association, and lead physician of the Astronaut Occupational Health Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The one-day conference sponsored by the UAH College of Nursing will begin at 8 a.m., in the Chan Auditorium (located on the first floor of the College of Business Administration). The conference is free, but due to limited seating registration is recommended (walk-ins will be accepted if seating is available). Please register by Friday, Aug. 15, to ensure your seat at the conference. A complimentary breakfast will be served.

North Alabama scientists, educators, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, practical nurses, and students interested in space life science and physiology of the human body are all encouraged to attend the Nursing Space Life Sciences conference. The meeting will provide a forum for participants to:

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Vice president for $2.5 billion company returns to tour alma mater

A UAH graduate who is now a corporate vice president and chief scientific officer of a company with $2.5 billion in annual medical device sales came back to his alma mater Wednesday for a campus tour.

Stanton J. Rowe (BS, biological sciences, '75), an executive at Edwards Lifesciences LLC in Irvine, Calif., has been awarded 15 patents and has 32 pending. Rowe joined the company in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies (PVT), a company Rowe helped to found in 1999 and where he served as president and CEO. He is part of a team that developed the patent system at Edwards that the company uses to reward employees who are awarded patents.

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Grant helps UAH’s College of Nursing address shortage of healthcare providers

The College of Nursing at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) was recently awarded a two-year Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of a larger U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program to address the growing shortage of primary care providers across the nation.

"With the Affordable Care Act, the number of people with insurance has increased," says Dr. Haley Hoy, who serves as
Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and is also an associate professor in the College's acute-care nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice programs. "So this is a way to provide increased access to care, by increasing the number of providers."

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Bryant Bank providing $3 million gift for UAH nursing scholarships

(L-R) Paul W. Bryant Jr. (Board of Trustees member), Dr. Rita Ferguson and Dr. Ellise Adams (both College of Nursing), Ken Watson (President of Bryant Bank, Huntsville), Christine Schueler (nursing student), Nandish Dayal (SGA President), Dr. William Wilkerson (Honors College Dean) Dr. Darlene Showalter (College of Nursing).

Bryant Bank of Huntsville announced today that it is making a $3 million commitment for nursing scholarships at UAH.

Ken Watson, president of Bryant Bank in Huntsville, made the announcement during a meeting of the Huntsville Committee of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees, which met today on the UAH campus.

"The purpose behind the creation of Bryant Bank is simple: Help families get ahead; assist businesses to grow; and in short to make our community a better place to live," said Bryant Bank of Huntsville President Ken Watson. "Enhancing a quality nursing program is crucial toward improving the quality of life in the greater Huntsville area. The positive impact that nurses have on individuals begins at birth and has meaningful consequences throughout their entire life. Bryant Bank is pleased to be able to support The University of Alabama in Huntsville and its contributions to the region's nursing and health care community.

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UAH’s ANS Wins Big at Statewide Nursing Convention

UAH's College of Nursing Association of Nursing Students received several awards including the Chapter of Champions at the Alabama Association of Nursing Students convention. Read more at Charger Times.

UAH College of Nursing in the media

Fewer RN's in hospitals

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Louise O'Keefe discusses the role of nursing in the Ebola crisis

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Affordable Care Act creates big demand locally for healthcare workers

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UAH offers new Early Promotion into UAH Nursing Program

The Early Promotion into UAH Nursing Program (EPNP) is an exciting new Nursing Honors Program being offered by The University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing. Highly qualified students who enter UAH as freshmen declaring Nursing as their major, take all lower division Nursing coursework as listed in the BSN lower division program of study on the UAH campus, and meet the requirements below will be guaranteed a slot in the upper division Nursing courses.

This program provides students an opportunity to have enriched freshman and sophomore years in the UAH Honors College in preparation for admittance into upper division Nursing. This program is not an accelerated Nursing program in that it expects students to spend four years as an undergraduate Nursing Honors Student. The EPNP assures highly motivated undergraduates promotion into the UAH College of Nursing after successful completion of lower division Nursing program of study while maintaining a 3.25 GPA.

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