Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-03-31

Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing will honor 15 outstanding African-American Nurses in Alabama at a special program Friday, April 4, at The Club.

The honorees were nominated by individuals or organizations for their unique and significant contribution to health care in Alabama during 1963-2003. They represent all levels of nursing practice, education and administration.

Dr. May L. Wykle, dean of nursing and director of the University Center on Aging and Health at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, will speak on the topic, "Eminent Black Women in White." The luncheon program will also pay tribute to Tuskegee University Department of Nursing, which was established in 1948 as Alabama's first baccalaureate program to educate African-American nurses.

An authority on aging adults, Dr. Wykle has done extensive research on geriatric mental health, family care giving and minority caregivers. Dr. Wykle will also speak to Samford student nurses on Thursday (APRIL 3) at 3:30 p.m. in the Flag Colonnade, Beeson University Center, at Samford. Her topic will be "Health Problems of African-Americans."

The events are part of the "Before You Travel On" series reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement.

Honorees to be recognized at the Friday event are:

Trinette Bell, nurse practitioner, Dothan VA Community Clinic, Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Jennifer Jeames Coleman, assistant professor, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford.
Dr. Charlie Jones Dickson, adjunct professor, Tuskegee University Department of Nursing and retired faculty, UAB School of Nursing.
Lorene Hansford, director of surgical nursing, Baptist Princeton, Birmingham.
Gregory Tyrone Howard, licensed practical nurse, primary care services, Tuscaloosa Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.
Cassandra Miller-Hardwick, infectious disease clinic coordinator, Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Bettie Norman-Walker, assistant director/chairperson , Division of Nursing and Allied Health, Central Alabama Community College, Childersburg.
Barbara Richards, nursing assistant/home health aide coordinator, Reid State Technical College, Evergreen.
Eunice B. Rogers, retired nurse, Lloyd Noland, Cooper Green and Bessemer Carraway hospitals, Birmingham.
Shirley Dene Rumph, nursing director, medical-surgical oncology unit, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan.
Bernice Spencer, nursing house supervisor, Baptist Montclair, Birmingham.
Dr. Jean Temple, assistant professor, University of South Alabama College of Nursing, Mobile.
Surpora Thomas, senior vice president of nursing, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham.
Angela Williams, clinical coordinator, critical care unit, Crestwood Medical Center, Huntsville.
Jacqueline C. Williams, nursing faculty member, Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.