Nena F. Sanders
Vice Provost, College of Health Sciences, Dean, Ida Moffett School of Nursing
College of Health Sciences
Office: 1484 CHS Building 1
Phone: 205-726-2744
Nena F. Sanders, has been active in health care for more than 35 years. Her professional nursing career is multifaceted and includes work as a staff nurse, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, nurse educator, health care consultant, and entrepreneur. In addition to her practice of nursing, she has had tremendous success as a grant writer, researcher and author. Sanders has also been involved in developing, implementing and evaluating graduate nursing education programs for nearly three decades and she participates in numerous professional and community service endeavors.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Nursing administration, clinical resource management, health-care delivery systems, managed care, case management, disease management, and quality management

Awards and Honors

  • Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame, 2018
  • Momentum Leaders Women of Impact, 2018
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2016
  • Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame, 2013
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Wharton Executive Leadership Program
  • MOMENTUM, women's leadership program, 2012
  • Visionary Leader, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, 2010
  • Birmingham Business Journal's "Who's Who in Healthcare," 2000, 2008, 2009


  • Go Red, American Heart Association, executive leadership team
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE], site visitor
  • State of Alabama Association of Colleges of Nursing, past chair
  • Alabama Nurse Leaders in Education and Practice Executive Committee
  • Journal of Nursing Administration Research, editorial board
  • Journal of Critical Care Nursing, editorial board
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives' Committee on Research