Education & Nursing

In 2021, our nurses managed unsurpassed patient volumes in inpatient, outpatient and primary care settings throughout the year, while surgical services volumes rebounded to pre-COVID numbers. Children’s of Alabama nurses proved, once again, their resilience and ability to shine in the face of unpredictable healthcare transitions. Our nurses are always prepared to deliver exceptional clinical and compassionate care during times of stress and change.

The 2021 Nursing Annual Report provides a snapshot of how our nurses managed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, staffing challenges and professional development opportunities.



Emergency Department Receives Lantern Award

Children’s of Alabama received the prestigious Lantern Award from the Emergency Nursing Association in summer 2021. The Lantern Award is an international recognition that is given to emergency departments that excel in leadership, education, advocacy and research. Children’s is the only fully pediatric emergency department in the state and one of the busiest in the Southeastern United States.

Community Partnership Approaches for Safe Sleep Initiative

Children’s of Alabama was named by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as one of five hospitals for the inaugural Community Partnership Approaches for Safe Sleep initiative. The new initiative will be led by pediatric care experts from the AAP who will work with hospital networks and community-based organizations to provide parents and families in under-resourced communities important baby gear to help keep infants safe while they sleep and to create impactful, culturally sensitive material that educates caregivers about creating a safe sleep environment.