Like everywhere else, it is tough times at UAB. After working there 12 years, I am losing my job next month due to a contract not renewing. I have heard they have a hiring freeze for support positions, but I'm not sure. I work on the university side rather than the hospital so I can't speak for what goes on there.
I was in the part-time night program at JS and I did not like it. It was very unorganized with lots of drama! I decided to leave JS at the beninning of last summer to get my prereq for the AMNP at UAB. It was a gamble because I did not know if I would be accepted into UAB. It was a very, very hard decision to make. UAB will cost more, but it is about the same lenght of time. Also with a master's I could teach in the future. So in the end, I'm glad I made the decision to leave JS.