Eileen has practiced as an acute care nurse practitioner for more than 25 years at UAB Medicine. For 20 years, she practiced in the division of cardiac surgery and spent the last 10 years as lead nurse practitioner. Eileen is currently the assistant director of advanced practice providers at UAB Medicine, which employs more than 600 nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician associates (PAs) and maintains a clinical practice with cardiology. Her areas of interest include cardiovascular disease, health policy, and advocacy. She is the senior policy advisor for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama and was involved with recent legislation that removed barriers to practicing nurse practitioners. Eileen was instrumental in developing procedural protocols affecting NPs and PAs on a state level, and she collaborated with Alabama Medicaid to expand procedural and inpatient reimbursement billing codes for NPs and PAs.