Meridian Star


June 11, 2014

MCC nursing instructor tapped for UAB scholars program

MERIDIAN — Special to The Star

    Meridian Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program Instructor Vanessa Norman was chosen as a participant in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Scholars Program.

     The Faculty Scholars Program (FSP) supports the training and retraining of faculty and preceptors in geriatric topics (themes). This program is targeted to improve healthcare quality in the following areas: advanced illness, frailty, care coordination, symptom management, and medication management. FSP scholars will learn geriatric content emphasizing health literacy and cultural competency issues. This program provides the training necessary to incorporate culturally and linguistically sensitive geriatric principles into the scholar’s coursework and clinical programs.

     “This is an elite group and it is highly competitive, so to be chosen is awesome,” said Dr. Betty Davis, dean of nursing at MCC. “We submitted the nomination of Vanessa in early spring and are delighted she has been chosen,” Davis added.

     The UAB Geriatric Education Center (GEC) provides geriatric training opportunities and outreach activities aimed at improving quality of life for older adults. The UAB GEC serves as the educational arm of the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, and sponsors/co-sponsors interdisciplinary and discipline-specific educational programs with an emphasis on cultural competency and health literacy for faculty, practitioners, and students from multiple health care professional disciplines. The UAB GEC also supports educational programs for older adults and community-based programs.

     Norman, who has worked in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC since January 2009, holds an associate degree from MCC; bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also Gerontological Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (GNP-BC).

     “I am pleased to have the opportunity to represent MCC in this capacity,” Norman said, adding, “This is an awesome opportunity to collaborate with such an interdisciplinary team in the field of geriatrics reviewing the latest evidence-based practice protocol, approaches and treatments available for our aging population."

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