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Mumba Awarded NIH Grant to Aid in Reversal of Opioid Crisis

Mercy Mumba: Assistant ProfessorDr. Mercy Mumba, Assistant Professor at the Capstone College of Nursing, and her team have received notice of an award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH for their proposal entitled “A Mindfulness and Peer Mentoring Program to Improve Adherence to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders.”

This five-year project, funded through The Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative, is the only one funded from the state of Alabama. The trans-NIH research effort aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.  Phase 1 of the project (R61 phase) is a two-year pilot study to test the feasibility and acceptability of this intervention, and phase 2 (R33 phase) is a three-year clinical trial. The approved budget for Phase 1 is $783,788, and the total budget for the five-year project is $2,793,879. The release of funds for Phase 2 will be contingent upon successful completion of Phase 1. The funded project is summarized below.

There is evidence that combining mindfulness-based interventions and peer recovery support services with medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to treat opioid use disorders (OUD) reduces substance use, cravings, symptoms of depression and anxiety and relapse rates. The intervention can also improve treatment retention and relationships with treatment providers and social supports. The goal of the present study is to determine the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention that also uses peer mentors in addition to professional substance abuse therapists (the Minds and Mentors program [MiMP]) in improving adherence to MAT for OUD and reducing relapse rates in a sample of individuals with OUD. The study hypothesizes that participants in MiMP will demonstrate better adherence; reduced relapse and cravings (primary outcomes measures); reduced depression, anxiety, and stress; improved social support; and reduced cortisol levels and reactivity to drug cues.

Dr. Mumba is the principal investigator and program director. Her co-investigators include Drs. Andrea Glenn (Psychology), George Mugoya (Educational Counseling), Rebecca Allen (Psychology), David Albright (Social Work), Lori Davis (Tuscaloosa VAMC), Joshua Richman (Tuscaloosa VAMC) and Ms. Austin Butler (Alabama Community Care).

This award is one of 375 grant awards across 41 states made by the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year 2019 to apply scientific solutions to reverse the national opioid crisis.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R61AT010802. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Nursing Night at Alabama Baseball – May 10, 2019

Invitation to Nursing Night at Alabama Baseball, May 10, 2019

Join us for Nursing Night at the Joe!

We invite all CCN students, faculty, staff, alums and friends to join us as Alabama Baseball takes on Texas A&M at Sewell-Thomas Stadium!

When: Friday, May 10th at 6 p.m.

Where: Sewell-Thomas Stadium, 241 Paul Bryant Drive

Please purchase your discounted tickets by May 3rd! Your $7 ticket includes your seat, entrance to the CCN tailgate and a gameday buffet! → Promo code: BBNURSING

Contact Rosemary Russell, for more information.

CCN’s Online MSN Program Ranked #12 by US News & World Report

The Capstone College of Nursing is pleased to announce it is ranked #12 on the list of Online Master’s in Nursing programs by U.S News & World Report! The Best Online MSN Program rankings were decided based on five categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, student excellence and services and technologies.

Learn more about our MSN programs here.

Read the Best Online Programs Methodology here.


Dr. Marietta Stanton

Dr. Marietta Stanton is a dedicated nurse, nurse educator, researcher, and administrator. She is a Professor at The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) and previously served as its Assistant Dean of the Graduate Programs. Dr. Stanton was instrumental in the implementation of CCN’s graduate programs. She played a primary role in both the Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice program with UAH and UAB, and the Joint Doctor of Education program with UA’s College of Education.

Dr. Stanton spent the early years of her nursing career in service to our country. Commissioned as a Captain in U.S. Army in1977, she served at several military hospitals including Walter Reed Medical Center. She came to Tuscaloosa in 1999 as Commander of the 75th Combat Support Hospital. Dr. Stanton is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including the prestigious Legion of Merit.

Her practice and research address three primary areas: case management, nurse veterans, and nursing practice and education. Dr. Stanton’s expertise in these areas is demonstrated through her extensive body of scientific publications and contributions to books. She has more than 40 years of experience conducting large scale, collaborative training and research projects in civilian and military healthcare systems.

Dr. Stanton is currently working on projects related to post traumatic stress, depression, and other psychological disorders. She is recognized for developing a case management model for providing support to returning reservist soldiers that has been implemented nationwide.

Described as an educator who empowers students to soar to new heights, Marietta Stanton has made a powerful state, national, and international impact on nursing and nursing education.

Dr. Linda Moneyham

Dr. Linda Moneyham has devoted her career to nursing practice, education, and research. She is Senior Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her scientific and professional work emphasizes two aims: empowering women with HIV living in rural areas to cope and to develop self-care skills, and mentoring minority and disadvantaged students preparing to become scientific and practice leaders in nursing. Her commitment to these two aims is reflected in her being awarded more than $8M in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Center on Minority Health and Disparities (NCMHD), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Dr. Moneyham has published, as primary or contributing author, more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters. Her dedication to the nursing profession in Alabama was demonstrated through her leadership as Coordinator of the Joint University of Alabama System Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. She has received multiple honors and awards recognizing her work on behalf of nursing research and practice. Dr. Moneyham received the Minority Health Research Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society, and she was named a Top 100 Legacy Leader by the Indiana University School of Nursing. Being awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Award and the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring speaks to her commitment to mentoring future nurse practitioners and researchers.

As an intellectual leader in nursing, a highly regarded researcher, and a dedicated mentor, Linda Moneyham has made extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession in Alabama, nationally, and internationally.

Frances Dobynes Ford

Frances Ford has dedicated her life to enhancing and transforming healthcare in Alabama’s Black Belt region. She is a devoted public servant whose nursing training and experiences are foundational to her healthcare advocacy.

Ms. Ford is Executive Director of Sowing Seeds of Hope, a faith-based organization that strives to improve access to quality healthcare for persons living in the Black Belt. She also serves as the Healthcare Coordinator for the Perry County Commission. She works with Perry County elected officials, community leaders, and residents to identify barriers to effective healthcare and to develop and implement solutions to meet healthcare needs. Ms. Ford championed eliminating a state regulation limiting where dialysis centers may be located. She was instrumental in establishing a dialysis center in Perry County. Among other accomplishments, she insures that free healthcare screenings are offered to every child in Perry County, hosts quarterly health fairs in partnership with the Perry County Health Department, and offers monthly diabetic education and support in Perry County through a partnership with Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Because of her work as a healthcare advocate, she has received multiple awards, including the Courage to Care Award and the Living Legacy Award from Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. In 2016, she was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.

Described as a registered nurse with a missionary’s heart, Frances Ford exemplifies the transformative impact of nurses in the communities in which they live and work.

John G. Beard

John G. Beard has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to healthcare in Alabama, particularly palliative and hospice care. For over 40 years, he has been affiliated with Alacare Home Health and Hospice, where he is chairman and president.

Although not a nurse, he has contributed greatly to the profession of nursing in Alabama through his support of nursing practice and nursing education. Among his many contributions, Mr. Beard is a member of the board of the Alabama Nurses Foundation, which promotes recognition of the nursing profession.

He is a valued partner with nursing education programs throughout Alabama. Mr. Beard was instrumental in forming The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing’s Board of Visitors, and has served on that board in multiple capacities. He is a member of the Auburn School of Nursing’s Community Advisory Board, and he is the chair of the school’s Capital Campaign Committee. He also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Through Alacare, Mr. Beard provided funding to support a first ever Nursing Simulation Laboratory at Jacksonville State University. He partners with the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University to provide scholarships for nursing students to attend its Faith Community Nurses Foundations Course.

John Beard has received multiple honors, including the Alabama State Nurses Association’s
D. O. McCluskey Award, all of which demonstrate his tireless efforts on the behalf of nursing and nursing education in Alabama.

Dr. Marsha Adams

Dr. Marsha Adams has been a transformative leader in nursing education in Alabama. She is Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Before assuming the nursing deanship at UAH, Dr. Adams held leadership positions at The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing. She is highly respected throughout the state for her contributions to nursing and nursing education.

Her scientific papers, books, book chapters, monographs, presentations, and consulting activities attest to her national and international reputation as a researcher, scholar, and educator. Two of her early works, the National League for Nursing’s Excellence in Nursing Model and Hallmarks of Nursing Education, are foundational to nursing education. Her textbook, Achieving Excellence in Nursing Education, is used by graduate nursing education programs in the United States and abroad.

A prolific grant writer, Dr. Adams has received funding from agencies and organizations including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Diabetes Trust Fund, and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation. In Alabama, she developed KidCheck, an innovative partnership that links nursing programs and community partners to improve the health of our state’s children.

Her honors and awards include being inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing, receiving the Alabama League of Nursing’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alabama State Nurses Association’s Outstanding Nurse Educator/Academe Award.

Respected for her innovation, creativity, and commitment to the highest standards of nursing education and practice, Marsha Adams has been a leader in elevating nursing education and practice throughout the state, the country, and the world.

CCN Alumni Homecoming Tailgate

Two female students on a homecoming float

Dean Suzanne Prevost and the Capstone College of Nursing Alumni Association invite you to CCN’s Homecoming Tailgate on the Quad! Join fellow alumni, friends, faculty and staff at Tents 109 & 110 on the Quad for a complimentary pregame buffet!

Please RSVP to Rosemary Russell with your name and the total number of guests attending with you. Roll Tide!

Capstone College of Nursing Homecoming Tailgate
October 26, 2019
Tents 109 & 110 on The Quad
2 Hours Prior to Kickoff

For more information, contact Rosemary Russell: or (205) 348-7429.


Map of the Quad for Homecoming 2019:

Map of the Quad - Homecoming 2019 setup

UA and UAH introduce state’s first joint Nursing Science Ph.D. program

The University of Alabama (UA) Capstone College of Nursing and The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) College of Nursing are pleased to announce a new Nursing Science Ph.D. program. The program will be the first online Nursing Science Ph.D. program in the state of Alabama, and classes will begin summer 2019.

“This joint online program will provide a very flexible and student-friendly option for nurses who want to move into teaching, research, or senior administrative positions. Most nurses who return to graduate school carry a challenging load of responsibilities, including working as a nurse, caring for their families, and going to school. It’s not surprising that online programs are the preferred method for many graduate-level nursing students,” says Dean Suzanne Prevost from UA Capstone College of Nursing.

The program will have the support and resources of UA and UAH, which both have outstanding nursing education programs, high-impact research, and comprehensive student support services. Both Colleges of Nursing received distinction as Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing during the past year. The joint program will increase both institutions’ graduate-level programming and enrollment, while contributing to healthcare delivery and research productivity for the state of Alabama and the nation.

The flexibility of online learning will appeal to nurses throughout the country, who will be prepared upon graduation to educate the next generation of nurses and conduct research that targets rural and medically underserved populations. Graduates will also enjoy an employment advantage in the midst of the national shortage of nursing faculty and nurse researchers.

In addition to nursing research and theory courses, the program will cover a range of topics, such as ethical and legal issues, healthcare policy, epidemiology, statistics, genomics, teaching strategies, informatics, and healthcare technology.

“The UAH College of Nursing is very excited to be partnering with the UA Capstone College of Nursing to deliver a much-needed, high-quality online nursing science Ph.D. program,” says Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, dean of the UAH College of Nursing. “Only 23 percent of the 125 nursing Ph.D. programs in the U.S. are fully online. This program will meet the preferences and needs of a target population focused on an asynchronous delivery model.”

For more information or admission requirements, please contact Vickie Samuel ( or Charles Davis (