Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame
Rachel Booth, internationally recognized educator, is dean of the University of Alabama School of Nursing at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for International Nursing. Under her leadership, the UASON-UAB established the only Ph.D. in nursing program in Alabama, and the school continues to rank in the top tier for its Master of Science in Nursing Program and for National Institutes of Health research funding. Prior to assuming her current position, Dr. Booth served as dean of the School of Nursing and assistant vice president for health affairs at Duke University from 1984 until 1987. She started one of the first adult nurse practitioner programs in the nation in 1971 at the University of Maryland, where she was also the associate dean for undergraduate studies. Her extensive international publications and research interests focus on leadership, conflict, power, and organizational assessment and development. Dr. Booth has served on numerous editorial boards and as a consultant to numerous universities and foreign countries on leadership, graduate and undergraduate education, program evaluation, and advanced nursing practice. She also was president and vice president of the Southern Council of Collegiate Education for Nursing, president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and chair of the State of Alabama Association of Colleges of Nursing. She is the only foreign woman to receive an honorary doctor of science in nursing from Chiang Mai University in Thailand. Other honors include Distinguished Practitioner, National Academy of Nursing Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and Who’s Who in Health Care Birmingham’s Health Care One Hundred–2002. Dr. Booth received her diploma from Greenville General Hospital School of Nursing, and B.S.N. and M.S.N. in nursing and Ph.D. in administration of higher education from the University of Maryland.