University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
August 5, 2008
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211
USA’s Nursing Faculty Member
Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow
Barbara Broome  

The American Academy of Nursing, AAN, has named Dr. Barbara Broome, associate dean of the University of South Alabama College of Nursing, an American Academy of Nursing Fellow.

Broome, also chair of community and mental health nursing at USA, is one of 92 nurse leaders from the United States who will be inducted as a Fellow during the academy’s 35th Annual Meeting and Conference to be held on Nov. 8, 2008, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The mission of the AAN is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

The organization affords the nursing professional an opportunity to work with other leaders in health care in addressing health care issues. Additionally, it provides Fellowship recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession.

Barbara Broome

Dr. Debra Davis, dean of the USA College of Nursing said Broome is deserving of the prestigious recognition.

“This is one of the highest honors a nurse can receive,” Davis acknowledged. “We are very proud of Dr. Broome’s accomplishments, and we are pleased that she’s receiving this well-deserved honor.”

According to AAN, the selection criteria for fellows includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, as well as the extent to which the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies or benefited all Americans. Broome added that prospective Fellows must be nominated by two current Fellows.

“One of the reasons I was selected was because I have developed a pelvic muscle exercise self-efficacy scale, which is making a difference in the lives of those who have urinary incontinence, Broome explained. “There is no greater honor than to have your colleagues see you as a leader. I’m humble to receive this recognition.”

The Broome Pelvic Muscle Exercise Self-Efficacy Scale is used to evaluate a patient’s confidence level before prescribing an exercise regimen aimed at strengthening the pelvic muscles. Currently, the Broome scale is being used by researchers in Korea, Portugal, Turkey and Spain. The scale also benefits patients locally, regionally and nationally. It is copyrighted and published for general use.

“Nurses are in the best position to develop research studies,” Broome said. “They are in a position to ask how and why certain things are occurring to patients.”

“I’m grateful to the local physicians who are recommending their patients to me because of this useful instrument and the difference I can make in their lives.”

In addition, Broome is recognized by the AAN for her service as a mentor to students, minority faculty, and patients. Overall, this honor is an important recognition of one’s contributions to nursing and health care.

“I enjoy spending time mentoring my students,” she said. “My goal is to nurture and help students and beginning faculty navigate through the USA College of Nursing program. I have also worked diligently to build trust in my patients by being truthful about their treatment for specific health issues.”

The AAN has an estimated 1,500 Fellows, and they are considered nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. The AAN provides a venue for nurses with diverse talents, roles, titles, and clinical specialties to come together to address major health issues that are facing the United States and the world. The organization is also comprised of many of the nation’s top nursing executives, scholars, policymakers and practitioners.

Broome received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Kent State University and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is married to Howard Broome and they have two adult children.

University of South Alabama College of Nursing

The college’s mission is to provide quality innovative education programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public. The college accomplishes this by providing a caring, engaging environment for the empowerment of student learning potential, the professional development of faculty, and the promotion of the nursing profession. USA’s College of Nursing has awarded more than 6,500 degrees.

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