Dr. Juanzetta S. Flowers

Dr. Juanzetta Flowers is a respected leader in health care who is known as an advocate for the nurse practitioner movement throughout Alabama and the nation. Dr. Flowers’s nursing career has spanned four decades and began at Birmingham’s Baptist Hospital, Diploma School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1963. She earned a B.S.N. in 1966, an M.S.N. in 1983, and a D.S.N. in 1985, all from the University of Alabama School of Nursing at UAB. She also earned an M.A. in counselor education at UAB in 1987. She was a member of the first class of obstetrical-gynecological (OB/GYN) nurse practitioners training program offered by the University of Alabama School of Medicine’s OB/GYN department. She opened UAB’s first outpatient clinic (now the Kirklin Clinic) in 1971. A compassionate advocate for women’s and children’s health care, Dr. Flowers assumed a leadership role in the early 1970s to establish the Women’s Foundation, its purpose being to reduce infant mortality and women’s mortality due to cervical cancer. She later served as president of the foundation. In the 1980s, Dr. Flowers established the health policy program for doctoral students at the University of Alabama School of Nursing, only the second program of its kind at the time in schools of nursing nationwide. While serving as president of the Alabama State Nurses Association in the 1990s, Dr. Flowers crafted a strategy with state legislators that granted prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses. She was elected for a second two-year term as president of the Alabama State Nurses Association in 2002. Dr. Flowers assumed the role of deputy director of the University of Alabama School of Nursing’s newly designated World Health Organization Collaborating Center for International Nursing in the 1990s. She has received many honors including the Alabama NAACOG Nurse of the Year Award, the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award by the Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, and being listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.