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Alabama nurses association names first Black president

Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama State Nurses Association has named Dr. Lindsey Harris to serve as president of the 106-year-old organization. Currently serving as president-elect, Lindsey will take over Friday as the first Black president to lead the organization. She will represent more than 100,000 licensed nurses statewide.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from UAB. Dr. Harris is a past president of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association and a member of the National Black Nurses Association. She currently works as an advanced nurse practitioner in glycemic control and management at UAB Hospital.

Harris told WVTM that she wants to see that “with perseverance and hard work that you too can make history, you too can lead the way.” She calls Birmingham a “mecca” for healthcare due to UAB’s stature as a regional and nationally well-known school and healthcare facility.

Nursing is one of the most in-demand occupations in the country and in the state. An average registered nurse’s salary in Alabama is $60,000. More than 70 percent of Alabama's community colleges and four-year universities offer pathways to become a nurse. More information on nursing programs in the state is located here.

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