Dr. Owings graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1989, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1997, and a Master of Science in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 2009 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her doctorate in Instructional Leadership in Nursing Education in 2016. She currently teaches in the undergraduate nursing program at the University of Alabama. She has taught in first, second, third, and fifth semesters of the program. Dr. Owings began teaching part-time in 2006 while working full-time for Northport Medical Center. Dr. Owings joined the faculty of CCN full-time in 2010. Her nursing experience includes trauma-surgical intensive care, orthopedics /neurosurgical care, endoscopy, pain management, and surgery. Dr. Owings’ research mainly focuses on transition to practice issues for senior nursing students and newly graduated registered nurses. She is also interested in improving care for critically ill clients.
She holds AANC certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and membership in Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Delta Pi, Golden Key International, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the West Alabama Nurse Practitioners Association.