Mary Beth has nearly 50 years’ experience and has worked at DCH Health System and UAB School of Nursing. She started nursing as a second career. She always wanted to work in the medical field with children, having been inspired by her grandfather, who was a country doctor before the Generalist was even identified.
I stayed home with my 3 sons until I felt it was time for me to pursue my calling and went back to school to become a nurse. I have never regretted it. This was/is what I was meant to do.
Mary Beth joined ASNA/ANA right out of nursing school but soon got busy with the everyday activities of her career and raising 3 active sons. She had to let go of some of the early priorities and became inactive in ASNA. Like so many others, she was very involved in specialty organizations. It was not until she became active in academia that she realized that the specialty organizations only worked for one aspect of her career.
ASNA/ANA is for all nurses and for all specialties. I rejoined and have been honored to be in the company of some amazing leaders and mentors.
Mary Beth lives with her husband, Steve, and two sweet cats, Cappy and Maisie, who keep them entertained and calm. Although she is officially retired, she is not complacent or inactive. She continues to be active in ASNA at the state and district level. Mary Beth is an author for Neonatal Textbooks and speaks on neonatal topics at local, state, and national levels.
- University of West Alabama (1968) BS Secondary Education Major: Science Minor: Math
- University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing (1979), BSN
- University of Alabama at Birmingham (1985) MSN Major: Maternal-Infant Nursing (CNS)
- University of Alabama at Birmingham (1987) Post-master’s Certification of Completion, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- University of Alabama at Birmingham (2009) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)