Monika Wedgeworth

Associate Professor


  • EdD, Instructional Leadership for Nursing Educators, The University of Alabama, 2013
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Nursing Case Management, The University of Alabama, 2003
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, The University of Alabama, 1997


Dr. Wedgeworth received her BSN from the University of Alabama in 1997, her MSN in Rural Case Management from the University of Alabama in 2003, and her EdD for Nurse Educators at the University of Alabama in 2013. Dr. Wedgeworth has also obtained certification from National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Dr. Wedgeworth has extensive experience in the areas of medical surgical and psychiatric nursing. She also has experience in home health, hospice, and orthopedic nursing. She began teaching at the Capstone College of Nursing in 2004. She has taught extensively in the undergraduate and masters programs. Currently she designs and teaches courses in the EdD, joint PhD, and DNP doctoral programs.

In addition to her faculty responsibilities Dr. Wedgeworth has served on a variety of college and university committees as well as local and state committees. . Her professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau, the National League for Nursing, and the Alabama League for Nursing. Dr. Wedgeworth is active in research and has a variety of grants, publications, and presentations.

Honors and Awards

  • Quality Matters Certified Instructor: QM Teaching Online Certificate, 2021
  • Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award, 2019
  •  Outstanding Scholarship Award. The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing, 2018
  • Faculty Scholar, The University of Alabama Birmingham, Geriatric Education Center, 2014
  • National League for Nursing: Certified Nurse Educator, 2012

Areas of Interest

  • Nursing Education & Professional Development
  • Rural Health
  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Mental Health

Scholarly Highlights

  • Hoping to Pass: Randomized Trial of a One-Time Hope Intervention on Standardized Exam Scores in BSN Students. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. (2020)
  •  “I’m Scared”: Journaling uncovers student perceptions prior to a psychiatric clinical rotation. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. (2019)
  • Clinical Faculty Preceptors and Mental Health Reflections: Learning through Journaling. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. (2017)
  • Grant Funded: Gateway Capstone: Interprofessional Behavioral Health for Walker County.