College of Nursing Chairperson Honored With UAB Alumni Leadership Award

Friday, November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016

Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, RN, professor and chairperson of the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing in the Rush University College of Nursing, was honored in October with the Marie L. O’Koren Alumni Award for Innovation in Leadership from the University of Alabama - Birmingham School of Nursing.

Carlson [BSN, University of Michigan (1973); MSN, University of Alabama in Birmingham (1976); PhD, Rush University (1988)] has held a variety of clinical and academic positions of leadership at Rush University Medical Center since 1976. Beginning as a clinical nurse specialist in critical care, she served as interim chairperson of medical nursing — a joint clinical and academic leadership position — and moved into her current role as professor and chairperson in the College of Nursing. She was recognized as a 2014 Pinnacle Leader by the Power of Nursing Leadership, and she served as the director for the Systems Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice program from 2012-2014.

Carlson has a long and rich history of sustained contributions to teaching, practice and research. She was instrumental in the development of the DNP program in the College of Nursing and headed a multidisciplinary research team studying implementation issues in the deployment of electronic health records. She and her colleagues are currently studying DNP-PhD collaboration and the role it plays in advancing nursing as a profession. She is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International, American Heart Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Nurses Association, and the Institute of Medicine Chicago. She is a member of the International Governance Committee of STTI and a board member of IOMC. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing. 

In addition to administrative roles in both clinical and educational settings, Carlson has been nominated and recruited to manage and oversee both professional and volunteer/community groups and to serve on several non-profit boards.