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Dr. Geraldine Young, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDCES, FAANP has been selected as one of “70 Visionary Leaders” by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing.
Dr. Geraldine Young, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDCES, FAANP has been selected as one of “70 Visionary Leaders” by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing.

Versailles, KY, March 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frontier Nursing University (FNU) Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Geraldine Young, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDCES, FAANP has been selected as one of “70 Visionary Leaders” by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing.

In the letter notifying Dr. Young of the recognition, UAB Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing Doreen C. Harper, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, stated that there were well over 100 nominations for the Visionary Leader honor. “As a Visionary Leader, you have been recognized by your peers for your exemplary leadership, innovation, and far-reaching impact on nursing and health care,” Dr. Harper wrote. “This elite recognition, given to outstanding graduates of the School of Nursing whose commitment and accomplishments have set them apart, has been bestowed on only 60 other alumni who were named Visionary Leaders in 2010.”

Dr. Young, whose service in the nursing profession spans over 20 years, joined FNU in the fall of 2019. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2010), an MSN from Alcorn State University (2005), and a BSN from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2001). She is also a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) (2005) and certified diabetes care and education specialist (2011).

“As a graduate of the UAB School of Nursing, I am truly honored to be selected as a Visionary Leader,” Dr. Young said. “I am so grateful to UAB School of Nursing Associate Dean Ashley Hodges (Ph.D., CRNP, WHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN) for nominating me. I am humbled to be a part of this impressive group of leaders.”

As a Visionary Leader Award recipient, Dr. Young will be honored at one of several virtual events to be held in April in celebration of the UAB School of Nursing’s 70th anniversary.

“We are incredibly proud to have Dr. Young at Frontier Nursing University,” said FNU President Dr. Susan Stone, CNM, DNSc, FAAN, FACNM. “As an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Young’s leadership and guidance are invaluable. As this award demonstrates, her impact reaches well beyond FNU. Her voice is highly respected, valued, and needed at FNU and throughout the nursing community.”

Dr. Young is a National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Leadership Fellow and Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). She has been deemed a content expert for one of the leading credentialing bodies for NPs, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She serves on an array of national committees to advance nurse practitioner education, including the NONPF Curricular Leadership Committee and Conference Committee. She is also a member of the NONPF Board of Directors and a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials Task Force.

As a member of the Essentials Task Force and NONPF Board of Directors, Dr. Young is ensuring cultural diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of nursing education to address the health disparities and inequalities that exist in our nation. She has effectively delivered models of clinical practice to improve the outcomes of underserved and minority populations with diabetes in conjunction with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

About Frontier Nursing University:

The mission of FNU is to provide accessible nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education to prepare competent, entrepreneurial, ethical, and compassionate leaders in primary care to serve all individuals with an emphasis on women and families in diverse, rural, and underserved populations. FNU offers graduate Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse-Practitioner distance education programs that can be pursued full- or part-time with the student’s home community serving as the classroom. Degrees and options offered include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Post-Graduate Certificates. To learn more about FNU and the programs and degrees offered, please visit


CONTACT: Brittney Kinison Frontier Nursing University 8592514576 [email protected]

ASNA Members Receive UAB School of Nursing Visionary Leader Recognition

Carthenia W. Jefferson, Esq., JD, BSN, RN – BSN 1985 — Senior Attorney, Jefferson Law Firm LLC – past ASNA Vice President

Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, FAAN – BSN 1986, DNP 2013 — Associate Professor, Ohio State University College of Nursing

Loretta T. Lee, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC – MSN 1991, PhD 2012 — Associate Professor, UAB School of Nursing

Donna R. Packa, DSN, RN – MSN 1976, DSN 1986 — Professor Emerita, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama

Terri L. Poe, DNP, RN, NE-BC – BSN 1986, DNP 2013 — Chief Nursing Officer, UAB Hospital

Carol J. Ratcliffe, DNP, RN, COI, FACHE – MSN 1995 — Professor and Chair, Department of Healthcare Administration and Informatics, School of Public Health, Samford University

Cynthia S. Selleck, PhD, RN, FAAN – PhD 1987 — Professor Emerita, UAB School of Nursing Larry Z. Slater, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN – BSN 2008, PhD 2011 — Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Loewenberg College of Nursing, University of Memphis

D’Ann W. Somerall, DNP, MAEd, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP – BSN 1995, MSN 1999, DNP 2011 — retired Assistant Professor, UAB School of Nursing

Aimee C. Holland, DNP, MS, CRNP, WHNP-BC, FNP-C, FAANP – DNP 2012 — Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Education, UAB School of Nursing

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Catherine G. Brown, DNP, FNP-BC

Catherine G. Brown is associate vice president, advanced practice providers, for UAB Medicine in Birmingham, Ala. Her role includes oversight of the clinical practice of more than 700 advanced practice providers, including physician assistants and nurse practitioners. This includes oversight for credentialing, onboarding, scope of practice and regulatory compliance of advanced practice providers; oversight of the coordination and quality of clinical training for advanced practice students within the health system; and advocacy on behalf of the 900-plus APPs within UAB Medicine.

Dr. Brown’s advocacy for advanced practice stretches beyond the walls of the health system, as her team is directly involved in advocacy for practice and policy transformation at the state and national levels. Dr. Brown’s work also includes developing practice models for the organization while monitoring productivity and quality outcomes of these models. Dr. Brown collaborates with the UAB School of Nursing and the UAB School of Health Professions on initiatives to improve the education and training of students and to improve quality of care delivered within the health system. She serves as the advanced practice representative on numerous health system clinical practice, financial, quality, engagement and leadership committees.

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MSN Nurse Practitioner Pathway

Graduates of the MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty are prepared for advanced nursing practice in a variety of acute and critical care settings. As advanced acute care specialists, Adult Gerontology Acute care Nurse Practitioners diagnose and manage complex health conditions of short and long term duration for young adult (including late adolescents), adult, and older adult (including frail older adults) populations.

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via a part-time program of study in a distance accessible format that combines synchronous online classes with on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets.

The curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of course work, with 35 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of clinical practica under the supervision of acute and critical care advanced practice providers, that is completed in six or seven successive semesters, depending on the semester of entry.

Students admitted to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track may elect to also complete the RNFA subspecialty as part of their program of study. This option is only available for those students admitted for a summer semester entrance.

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Sample Program of Study1,2

Year 1
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
1NUR 737 Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence3
NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology3
2NUR 729 – Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation3
NUR 613 Pharmacology and Therapeutics3
3NUR 735 – Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing3
NUR 614 Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NCA 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
Year 2
SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
4NCA 621 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing I - Acute Care5
NCA 685 Practicum I: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
5NCA 622 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing II - Acute Care4
NCA 686 Practicum II: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care3
6NCA 623 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Nursing III - Acute Care5
NCA 692 Practicum III: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care4

1Program of Study is subject to change.
2Program of Study varies depending on semester of admission. Students admitted in a summer semester complete coursework over 7 semesters and fall semester over 6 semesters.


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University of Alabama at Birmingham Reviews

"The University of Alabama in Birminghams Physician Assistant program has found a place in my heart for five key reasons. First, the University of Alabama in Birmingham Physician Assistant (UAB PA) Program is rigorous, well developed, and very successful. As a testament to the rigors and success of the program, US News and World Report continues to rank the UAB PA Program among the top 20 programs in the nation, year after year. Many students have employment offers prior to graduation and post-graduation employment for UAB PA graduates is 99%, near perfect. In the state of Alabama, UAB PA graduates are preferentially hired over graduates from other programs. Employers conveyed a preference for UAB graduates, citing unsurpassed professionalism and preparedness on the first day. For many employers, the learning curve for UAB graduates to fulfill their roles within the practice was significantly shorter, on average, than other hires. The faculty and staff are just as, if not more, invested in the success of their students as the students themselves are. According to the PA Program Admissions Director, attrition levels are remarkably low. In addition, first time pass rates for the PANCE is almost perfect. This is a testament to the dedication of the faculty and staff. I have had opportunity to meet several faculty members at UAB. With each encounter, I was impressed with how sincere and invested the professors were in developing their students. The instructors seemed wear the ability to both challenge and bring out the best in their students as badge of pride. It was selfless. From my experience, teaching was not a means to an end for these instructors, but rather a purpose for them. The UAB PA program offers a surgical specialty. There are only a handful of programs in the nation that can offer a surgical specialty. UAB has gone to great lengths to prepare their students as surgical specialists. They have a state of the art "pig lab" where surgical procedures are completed using live pigs! In addition, students are required to take multiple surgical clinical rotations. Whether graduates work in a surgical field or not, having quality surgical experience is an asset for any physician assistant. The UAB PA program also offers the opportunity for a dual masters degree in both Physician Assistant studies and in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Care Organization and Policy. A dual masters degree in both Public Health and Physician Assistant studies is another way that UAB broadens opportunities for their graduates. As the demand for providers increases, so will the demand for providers who can understand populations, demographics, and policy at the macro level. There will be a need for Physician Assistants to become members of hospital boards and organizations that affect health care policy. The dual degree will open that opportunity. When I considered how highly reputable the UAB PA Program is, how involved the faculty and staff are, the amount of opportunity there is, and how inspiring each experience on the UAB campus is, I knew that UAB was the right choice for me and believe it will be the right choice for you, dear reader. I entered the PA field older than the typical applicant. Therefore, I fully appreciate importance of giving myself the best opportunity for success and excellence. I intend to be an expert in my field and I know, without a doubt, that UAB is the best opportunity to achieve that goal."

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Kate McConathy: InstructorInstructor
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Kate McConathy is a proud graduate of The University of Alabama -Tuscaloosa Capstone College of Nursing (CCN). She graduated with her BSN in 2011 and went to work for The University of Alabama (UAB) hospital, first as a floor nurse and then as an Assistant Nurse Manager on the Orthopedic/Trauma Unit. She graduated from the UAB School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program in 2015. As an FNP, she worked for Medical West in Internal Medicine from 2015 to 2020. In 2020, she transitioned from Internal Medicine to part-time Sleep Medicine and full-time nursing faculty for CCN. In 2020, she was accepted into the joint Ph.D. program at The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa/The University of Alabama-Huntsville and will graduate in 2024. She is a member of The Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association, The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau – Epsilon Omega Chapter, The Sleep Research Society, and The Sleep Professionals of Alabama.


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UAB Medicine offers comprehensive benefit packages that complement our competitive pay. UAB Hospital and the UA Health Services Foundation both hire APPs to work in the inpatient and outpatient settings. To search all openings, follow the links below. For APP questions, contact Kati Maddox at [email protected] For CRNA questions, contact Brooke Vining at [email protected]

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