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A Note from The Capstone College of Nursing

Thank you #BamaNurses!

 

Suzanne S. Prevost is Dean and Professor

Dear UA Nursing Community,

 

As we navigate these uncertain times, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your tireless efforts addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many of our alumni are risking their lives to save others; while our students and their families, our faculty, staff, friends and volunteers, all continue to provide support and encouragement. I have never been more thankful for the training we received as nurses and that we are passing on to the next generation of healthcare heroes. Across the nation, courageous nurses are leading the fight against this pandemic, using critical thinking and creative problem solving in their response to new and challenging ways of working in clinical settings, at home, and at school.

 

At CCN, we are working with the UA community to continue our mission of promoting health and well-being through nursing education, research, scholarship, and service. Our faculty and staff have embraced the challenge of rapidly adapting our undergraduate and graduate classes for online and other alternate forms of content delivery; so that we can stay on track with producing highly qualified nurse clinicians, administrators, and educators.

 

Additionally, our Office of Nursing Student Services continues to work with our students, offering advising and other supportive interventions by phone and videoconferences. While we are disappointed that commencement and many spring events will not take place as originally planned, we are developing alternate plans for some and rescheduling others.

 

The unprecedented demand for nurses reinforces the need for our CCN building expansion project. We are happy to share the good news that the construction is continuing as scheduled. With very few people in our building this month, the disruption from noise and dust is less of a concern. We cannot wait to show you our progress when we open the new wing in Spring 2021! 

 

This semester has taken a much different path than any of us could have imagined, but we want to assure our friends that we are all in this together. As we continue to be physically distant from our CCN family, we encourage you to remain socially present and engaged. We know how important it is to have a support system, especially during challenging times! Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates and ways to be involved and engaged from afar. Please take the time to express your gratitude to your nurse colleagues today. 

 

For campus-wide updates, resources and frequently asked questions, please refer to healthinfo.ua.edu.

 

Thank you. Stay safe, and Roll Tide!

Suzanne S. Prevost, PhD, FAAN, RN

Angelyn Adams Giambalvo Dean and Professor

Alternate Advising Plan

CCN Advising Information-Upper and Lower Division Students

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the Capstone College of Nursing has developed a temporary academic advising model that will allow us to continue to serve our students through this time of transition.

In order to assist lower division students who have not been advised for the upcoming summer and fall course registration, the Office of Nursing Student Services will be available for phone meetings. Additional information will be emailed to lower division students on Monday, March 23rd with dates that advisors will be available for phone appointments as well as instructions on how to make your appointment. Advising for upper division students will be conducted through email during the week of March 23rd. Please continue to check your email for information on which courses you should be registering for.

No face-to-face advising appointments will be scheduled in an effort to adhere to the University’s efforts towards social distancing. To transition all previously scheduled face-to-face appointments to a phone appointment, please call 205-348-6639 on Monday, March 23rd.

The immediate focus of Nursing Student Services will be on preparing students for course registration. Other advising needs related to career, internships, involvement, etc., will be addressed after peak registration has passed (March 30 – April 17). The course registration calendar can be found here.

During this time, the Capstone College of Nursing remains committed to supporting our students. In doing so, we are working with other campus support services (Testing Services, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships, Student Account Services, Student Health Center, Counseling Center, etc.) to familiarize ourselves with their continuity plan so we can make effective referrals.

Students, parents, faculty and staff can stay updated on The University of Alabama’s responses to the COVID-19 outbreak by visiting The University’s Health Information page.

We will continue to update our CCN community as the situation changes and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

CCN BSN Clinical and Classroom Instruction

You will be hearing from your course leaders about course content that needs to be completed.  You will not be returning to your clinical sites. However, all remaining clinical hours will be delivered in an alternate format.

UACCN Ranks Among Best Online Nursing Programs for 2020

The Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama is proud to announce its online programs have again been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

CCN’s Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Administration was ranked No. 12 by the publication, and was the only program in Alabama and the Southeastern Conference to be ranked in this category. Additionally, the College’s MSN, Nurse Practitioner program was ranked No. 9, the only program in the state included in this category.

“Being included on this list is a high honor for The Capstone College of Nursing,” said Dr. Suzanne Prevost, Dean of CCN. “We at CCN strive to provide the best educational opportunities for practicing nurses in a flexible, online format. It is the passion of these lifelong learners, coupled with our enthusiastic and highly-qualified faculty and staff that contributes to our continued success.”

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Nursing Programs were determined based on the institution’s performance across five categories: engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, services and technologies, and student excellence. For more information about the Best Online Programs methodology, click here.

CCN currently offers the following graduate programs: MSN Nurse Administrator; MSN Nurse Practitioner (Family and/or Mental Health); Doctor of Nursing Practice; Joint Online Nursing Science PhD program; and post-graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs. . The goal of all CCN degree programs is to prepare qualified and caring nurses to meet the needs of our state and nation.  For more information about CCN’s graduate programs, click here.

 

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.