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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.

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 (

CCN selected as NLN Center of Excellence

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing has been chosen as a National League of Nursing Center of Excellence for the 2018-2022 designation period. This designation, announced by NLN on July 24, was given to only 16 nursing programs nationwide.

“Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

CCN is specifically recognized for Advancing the Science of Nursing Education.  The criteria for this designation is based upon research, innovation in curriculum design, enhanced student learning and faculty contributions to the science of nursing education.

“Receiving this designation is a high honor for CCN, as it supports our University and College strategic plans to develop key areas of science and research expertise,” said Dr. Suzanne Prevost, Dean of CCN.

CCN will be formally recognized as a NLN Center of Excellence during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Education Summit, on September 14 in Chicago. The annual summit draws a capacity crowd of nurse faculty, deans, administrators, and professionals from nursing and allied health organizations across the country.

NLN is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, offering professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, health care organizations, and agencies.

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing prepares graduates for the professional practice of nursing. The college is a national innovator in clinical simulation in nursing education, utilizing simulators and telehealth technology in teaching, research and health care delivery.

Two CCN Faculty Members Secure over $1.8 Million in Grant Funding

Drs. Alice March and Robin Lawson have been awarded over $1.8 million in grant funding for 2018-2019, all benefiting students in Capstone College of Nursing’s graduate programs.

Dr. Alice March has had two U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s grant proposals funded. The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) proposal was funded for $600,000 for the coming year, and the Nurse Faculty Loan Program proposal was funded for $526,001. Dr. March received approval for expanded application of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program this year; now these funds will be available to Doctor of Nursing Practice students, as well as Nursing EdD students.

CCN has dubbed its SDS Program “BAMA Tide to Success for MSN Students.” Scholarship money from the program is intended to support eligible master’s level nursing students during completion of the degree, enabling them to provide primary care to rural and underserved populations. CCN’s goals for program outcomes are to increase enrollment of disadvantaged and minority students, increase retention rates for those students, and, ultimately, prepare about 70 primary care nurses for positions in medically underserved and rural communities. The BAMA Tide to Success funding is available in $600,000 increments each academic year to be distributed among scholarship recipients. To qualify for this graduate scholarship, students must be from an underrepresented group including men in nursing, minority racial or ethnic groups, or from disadvantaged backgrounds, either now or in the past. This means that persons who attended a high school with a high rate of free/reduced lunches or had a low graduation rate may qualify. Some amount of financial need should be demonstrated on the FAFSA form, which is required for consideration.

The UA NFLP Supporting Doctorate of Education and Doctor of Nursing Practice project will increase the nursing faculty workforce in Alabama and the US by providing loans to manage the costs of tuition, books, fees, and related expenses for students in the EdD or the DNP programs at UA. The Capstone College of Nursing and College of Education administer a collaborative doctoral program, the EdD in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators to prepare nurses for the faculty role. The CCN will offer DNP students two elective courses to prepare them to function as academic nurse educators. Funds will be made available for 56 EdD and 15 DNP students, with each student receiving $4,375.00 per semester for two semesters and $3,250.00 for one semester of the academic year, totaling $12,000.

Read more about Dr. March’s grants here.

Dr. Robin Lawson, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs, received notice that her Advanced Nursing Education Workforce proposal submitted to HRSA was approved for funding of $650,896 for 2018-2019 as part of a 2-year award totaling approximately $1,309,988. The purpose of this project, BAMA-Care, is to prepare primary care nurse practitioner (NP) students to practice in rural and underserved settings through targeted academic and clinical training via an enhanced academic-practice partnership (APP) and supplemental ANEW funding. Through ANEW funding, the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing will enhance its current APP with Whatley Health Services, Inc. (WHSI), one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers in West Alabama, with 16 locations in rural and/or underserved areas. BAMA-Care students enrolled in the MSN Nurse Practitioner Program and Primary Care for Rural Populations will complete longitudinal, immersive clinical experiences with rural and/or underserved populations with preceptors at WHSI practice sites.

Read more about BAMA-Care here.

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing prepares graduates for the professional practice of nursing. The college is a national innovator in clinical simulation in nursing education, utilizing simulators and telehealth technology in teaching, research and health care delivery.