Ann Graves



  • PhD, Clinical Health Sciences, University of Mississippi Jackson, 2007
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Adult Health Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1983
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, The University of Alabama, 1979


Barbara Ann Graves is a Professor in the Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama (UA), she is a PhD prepared registered nurse. Dr. Graves received her B.S in Nursing from The Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama in 1979. She earned her M.S. degree in Nursing of Adults from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1983 and her PhD in Clinical Health Science at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi in 2007.

Dr. Graves is responsible for providing on-line instruction and mentoring across the masters and doctoral nursing graduate programs. She has worked and taught extensively in critical care and cardiovascular nursing since 1981. She has been the recipient of National League of Nursing, Excellence in Teaching Award 2004 for Nursing Clinical Decisions: Patient Outcomes, Sigma Theta Tau Pinnacle Award for Region 8: Computer-Based Professional Education Technology Award for Nursing Clinical Decisions: Patient Outcomes, and a Finalist for the 2008 Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award sponsored by the Counsel of Cardiovascular Nursing; American Heart Association. Dr. Graves is presently the associate editor for the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care and has served as a nursing consultant. Professional memberships include the American Heart Association, Council of Cardiovascular Nursing, National League of Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, and Southern Nursing Research Society.

As a nurse-scientist with extensive experience in practice and teaching in the areas of critical care nursing, cardiovascular nursing, and evidence-based nursing practice, she has focused her program of research on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cardiometabolic risk reduction, rural health disparities and geographical access and evidence-based nursing practice. She has also develop a level of expertise in the use of geographical information system (GIS). She has both current and completed funded research.

Areas of Interest

  • Nursing Education & Professional Development
  • Rural Health
  • Cardiovascular Health

Scholarly Highlights

  • Evidence-Based Practice. Chapter in Professional Issues in Nursing 6th edition. (2022)
  • Older adults and rural nursing services chapter in The Handbook of Rural Aging. (2021)
  • Grant Proposal: Capstone Rural Health Mobile. Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention-Mobile Health Training Program. (2022)
  • Grant Funded: Innovation and Excellence in Academic Nursing: Advancing Student Evidence-Based Practice Competency. (2020)
  • Grant Funded: Promotion of evidence-based communication strategies focused on health literacy in the advanced nursing practice curriculum. (2017)