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Birmingham nurses being celebrated at first ever nurses night out event

First Nurses Night Out will be Friday May 12th

It is national nurses week. The healthcare professionals are being celebrated around the country. But a new report from WalletHub says Alabama is the 5th worst state for nurses. The report says in this state the number of nursing job openings per capita is low and the number of health care facilities per capita is also low.

Nursing professionals at UAB tell us they don't agree with the report. "Competition in the Birmingham area between hospitals is awesome I mean we're all working to find top talent and recruit top talent, our nursing schools do a great job and we certainly think Alabama is a great place to be a nurse, I've been a nurse here 30 years and I wouldn't do anything else," says Terri Poe the Chief Nursing Officer for UAB.

In fact Poe and Doreen Harper, the Dean of UAB's School of nursing, say at UAB a new partnership between the school of nursing and the hospital's nurses is providing a better learning environment for nurses and better care for patients.

To thank nurses for everything they do UAB is hosting the first ever "Nurses Night Out" Friday at Railroad Park. Nurses from all area hospitals (not just UAB) and their families are welcome to attend. "Nurses first of all are at the front line of healthcare wherever they are be it in the hospital, in the home, in the community but most importantly nurses are the largest health profession and the most trusted health profession and taking time to thank them is important," says Harper.

Nurses Night Out is from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. There will be live music, food trucks, games, and more.

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