President Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing (SON). Dr. Dawson is the 13th president of the National Black Nurses’ Association. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the UASON. In 2010, she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton SON. Dr. Dawson completed her hospital administration residency at Gaston Memorial Hospital, NC. Her practice, clinical and research focus is health systems and nursing leadership. Her work has included career-mobility barriers and with a focus on systemic and institutional obstacles. She is a co-convenor of the national Black Coalition Against COVID. Recently, Dr. Dawson appointed to the National Commission on Racism in Nursing and the Advisory Board for Direct Relief Health Equity Fund.
Dr. Dawson early career centered around health system administrative leadership. She served in senior level positions such as, Vice President of Clinical Affairs/Operations, Chief Nurse Executive, Associate Chief Operating Officer, Nursing Director, and nurse manager. She managed her own healthcare consultant business. Then, she entered academia as an instructor. Dr. Dawson served as the inaugural director of Nursing and Health Systems Leadership and the coordinator of the Nursing and Health System Administration track Under her leadership, the Nursing and Health Systems Administration track at UABSON was ranked #1 in the US and has been ranked in the top 10 for 11 years. The track is currently ranked #6 among all nursing administration program, 2021 US Word News.
Dr. Dawson is a Scholar in the Sparkman Global Health Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow alumina, and a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Nurse Administrative Fellow, alumina. She has served as the principal investigator, project director and coordinator on HRSA and foundation grants exceeding $3.5 million. In 2019, Dr. Dawson was inducted into the Alabama Nurses Hall of Fame.
She has publications in books, journals, newsletters, and podcasts. Under her leadership the University of Louisville Hospital was the first hospital in the US to provide drive through flu shots the model that the CDC is using with COVID-19. She was a contributing author in the Drive-Thru Flu Shots: A model for mass immunization. Carrico, R. 2002, ISBN: 1-879260-45-X. She is dynamic speaker and workshop leader.