When Sharon was five years old, she went with her grandmother to visit her great aunt who was in the end stage of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There was very little comfort for her great aunt, which was very concerning for Sharon. Sharon rubbed her great aunt's arms and legs with lotion and talked with her.
It wasn't much, but it was all I could do to provide comfort. My grandmother told me that day I would be a great nurse one day. I decided then I was going to be a nurse and I never strayed from that vision. Thirty years later I have never questioned or regretted that decision.
Sharon earned her BS in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing and Health Systems Administration at The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). Prior to that, she earned her Associate of Science in Nursing at Gadsden State Community College and a Bachelor of Science at The University of St. Frances in Illinois. She currently works as the Director of Critical Care Services at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama.
Sharon became a member of ASNA because she believes ASNA is the voice of Alabama nurses and supports the organization’s dedication to nursing professional development, nursing and community health advocacy, and public policy reform to support these initiatives.
If you are a nurse in Alabama, I highly recommend you join ASNA as it represents key initiatives in Montgomery and Washington, D.C.
Sharon has earned numerous honors and awards including most recently, being a Legacy of Hope Star of Hope Honoree for her support of organ donation in Alabama and the Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). She has also currently serving as a board member at large for the Gulf Coast Chapter of AACN, board member at large for the Gulf Coast Organization of Nurse Leaders, and is a previous president of the Alabama Organization of Nurse Leaders.