Rebecca Owings

Assistant Professor


  • EdD, Instructional Leadership in Nursing Education, The University of Alabama, 2016
  • MSN, Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2009
  • BSN, Bachelor Science in Nursing, The University of Alabama, 1997
  • BS, Biology, The University of Alabama, 1989


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.

Honors and Awards

  • Alabama League for Nursing (ALN) Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020
  • The Capstone College of Nursing Board of Visitors Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, 2018
  • First Place Award at the Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Alabama, 2017
  • First Place Award at the Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Alabama, 2016
  • Alabama Board of Nursing Graduate Scholarship, 2013

Areas of Interest

  • Nursing Education & Professional Development

Scholarly Highlights

  • Evaluation of a Community-Based Nurse Residency Program. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
  • Using Role Play in Simulation to Teach Complex Client Concepts. Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository. Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Opioids: understanding how acute actions impact chronic consequences. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
  • Periprocedural Considerations for the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting. Journal of Radiology Nursing
  • Connecting Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Practice Guidelines With Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students. Nurs Educ Perspect