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2024 Joe Burrage Memorial Lectureship

Join us for the 2024 Joe Burrage Memorial Lectureship on April 8th at 5 pm at the Capstone College of Nursing. Our featured speaker will be Joe Cashia, founder and CEO of Renal Care 360°.

Cashia is a 35-plus-year veteran of the healthcare industry who has partnered with physicians and hospitals across the country and has created, acquired, and managed more than 1,000 healthcare centers. Nationally and regionally recognized and awarded for his healthcare leadership, Cashia founded Performance Health Partners, Vogue Recovery Centers, Vivere Health LLC, National Renal Alliance, National Nephrology Associates LLC, and Renal Care Group.

Serving as Chief Executive Officer / Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of these companies, he led successful business strategies including private equity and initial public offerings, using both public and private debt. His current venture is Renal Care 360° has developed a unique model centered on early detection of unidentified chronic conditions using proprietary data analytics.
Once medical conditions are identified, the Company offers early interventions through its affiliated physician practices with personalized education, real-time engagement, local and virtual clinic options, and dedicated care coordination to slow disease progression and improve outcomes for polychronic care patients.

Renal Care 360° is also raising awareness and improving education of kidney disease in areas most impacted by SDOH and the inequities in access to care, enabling its health system and physician group partners to proactively engage and care for this vulnerable population.

Cashia attended the University of Alabama majoring in history, has a Nursing Degree from Samford University, and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management. Joe and his wife Angela are residents of St. Simons Island and proud to call the Golden Isles home.

RSVP for the lectureship by April 4th. One Nursing CE will be offered to those in attendance, and a meal will be provided.

This program honors the memory of Dr. Joe Webb Burrage, Jr., former Assistant Dean at the Capstone College of Nursing, and celebrates the work of male nurse leaders.

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BSN Pinning Ceremony

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CCN’s Spring 2024 Pinning Ceremony will be Thursday, May 2nd at 4 pm in Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center. Parking will be available in the parking deck at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Bryant Drive.

For more information, contact the Office of Nursing Student Services at 205-348-6639.

Save the date for upcoming pinning ceremonies:

  • Summer 2024: Friday, August 2nd at 4 pm in the Rast Room at the Bryant Conference Center
  • Fall 2024: Thursday, December 12th at 4 pm in Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center
  • Spring 2025: Thursday, May 1st at 4 pm in Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center
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Dean Julie Sanford Elected AACN Chair-Elect

Dean Julie Sanford Headshot

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing is pleased to share that Dean Julie Sanford has been elected to serve as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing‘s Chair-Elect.

“Dean Sanford’s election as AACN Chair-Elect is wonderful recognition of her leadership and accomplishments in nursing education, research, and practice,” said Dr. James Dalton, UA Executive Vice President and Provost. “This esteemed role is an amazing opportunity for her to share her expertise and vision for nursing while fostering national recognition of our outstanding Capstone College of Nursing.”

AACN is the national voice for academic nursing, working to establish quality standards for nursing education; assisting schools in implementing those standards; influencing the nursing profession to improve health care; and promoting public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be elected to serve AACN in this capacity,” said Dean Sanford. “I look forward to advancing the groundbreaking work of the organization that sets the standard for nursing education in our nation.”

AACN is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors, 11 of whom represent a member institution, and 2 represent nursing practice.

“On behalf of the academic nursing community, I applaud Dr. Sanford for her commitment to shaping the future of nursing education as AACN’s top elected leader,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “She is highly regarded among her peers in health care and higher education for her advocacy on behalf of the nursing profession, her skills as a consensus builder, and her ability to achieve results.”   

Dean Sanford continued, “I am thrilled to be able serve AACN over the next four years while representing The University of Alabama and Bama Nursing, Where Legends Are Made.”

The Capstone College of Nursing is recognized as a national innovator in clinical simulation in nursing education, utilizing simulators and telehealth technology in teaching, research and health care delivery. In recent years, the college’s nursing licensure pass rates for graduates have ranged from 97 to 100%, consistently exceeding statewide and national averages. The college is also designated as one of the National Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

Read AACN’s full release here.

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UACCN Online Master’s Programs Ranked No. 1 for Veterans for Second Year in a Row

Male student in crimson scrubs in front of Where Legends Are Made banner

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

In 2024, CCN received top recognition, ranking No. 1 for Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs for Veterans for the second year in a row. UA is the only school in the state of Alabama ranked in this category.

“The Capstone College of Nursing is committed to excellence in the delivery of educational opportunities for all of our students, including distance learners,” said Dean Julie Sanford. “We are proud to offer program formats that support the success of those students, and are especially proud to know we are supporting our veterans.”

Additionally, the College’s Master of Science in Nursing Program ranked No. 6 for Best Online MSN Program and was the only Alabama nursing program ranked in the top 40.

“CCN’s faculty and staff are committed to ensuring optimal program delivery to meet the needs of our students, and strive to offer accessible and flexible online programs for practicing nurses including our military veterans.” said Dr. Amy Lee, CCN Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. “We are honored by this recognition and are proud to contribute to the growth and development of the nursing profession here at The University of Alabama.” 

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, peer assessment, student services and technology, and student excellence. For more information about the Best Online Programs methodology, click here.

CCN currently offers the following graduate programs: MSN Nurse Executive; MSN Nurse Practitioner (Family and/or Mental Health); MSN Nurse Educator, Doctor of Nursing Practice; Joint Online Nursing Science PhD program with the University of Alabama in Huntsville; Doctorate in Education for Nurse Educators in partnership with UA College of Education; and post-graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs. For more information about CCN’s graduate programs, click here.

UA, Partners Aim to Improve Health in Tuscaloosa County

An effort led by The University of Alabama aims to improve health, prevent chronic diseases and reduce health disparities in Tuscaloosa County children and their families with the highest burden of chronic disease.

Funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, or REACH, program to the Capstone College of Nursing supports a community coalition among UA, Alabama Department of Public Health, Tuscaloosa Public Library, Tuscaloosa County School System and a family healthy weight program to enhance existing resources, address Tuscaloosa County’s health needs and reduce health disparities.

Assistant professors Drs. Janet Brown and Leigh Ann Bray Dayton received over $784,000 for the first year of the five-year REACH program.

Program Goals

Over the five years of the program, UA will coordinate with community partners to implement proven public health strategies for:

  • Accessible healthy food choices – promoting food service and nutrition guidelines while also expanding access to existing fruit and vegetable voucher incentive and produce prescription programs.
  • Safe and accessible physical activity – recommending ways to connect pedestrian, bicycle or transit transportation networks to everyday destinations.
  • Family healthy weight programs – improving access to effective, family-centered, culturally relevant health behavior and lifestyle treatment programs.
  • COVID-19, flu and other routine vaccines – increasing awareness, confidence, demand and access to routinely recommended adult vaccines for racial and ethnic groups experiencing disparities in immunization, including uninsured adults.

During the first year of the REACH program, the professors will assess family and community needs to better understand how to connect families to resources and determine what changes could be made in the area to encourage a healthier lifestyle.  

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke are among the most common causes of illness, disability and death in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $4.1 trillion in annual health care costs. These chronic conditions and the factors that lead to them are more common or severe for some racial and ethnic groups.

As one of 41 communities across the country included in the REACH program, the University professors plan and carry out local, culturally appropriate programs that address a wide range of health issues among racial and ethnic minority groups where health gaps remain.

UA Expands Behavioral Health Services for Rural Alabama Youth

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama is confronting the shortage of behavioral health services for youth in rural Alabama with more than $3.7 million in federal funding.

UA’s College of Human Environmental Sciences and the Center for Substance Use Research and Related Conditions in the Capstone College of Nursing are leading the program supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Awards from HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health support the establishment and expansion of sustainable behavioral health care services for children and adolescents aged 5-17 years who live in rural communities, and to prevent substance misuse.

“Children and adolescents in rural communities are among the most vulnerable due to limited resources and limited access to behavioral health and substance use services,” said Dr. Deborah Casper, CHES associate professor who secured the funding. “Our goal is to promote health, opportunity, passion and equity through the development of sustainable, collaborative, community resources for children, youth and families in rural Alabama.”

The UA “Health. Opportunity. Passion. Equity.,” or H.O.P.E., project will provide evidence-based, strength-based and trauma-informed behavioral health and substance use services along the entire continuum of care, including prevention, treatment and recovery, to children and adolescents in Pickens County and surrounding areas.

By working with public school systems, the direct prevention, treatment and recovery services available through H.O.P.E. are projected to reach over 5,000 youth and families in West Alabama. The program will offer services in Pickens County the first year, adding other nearby counties over the four years of the project period.

“The H.O.P.E. project will greatly impact the community by expanding much-needed mental health services and resources to a disadvantaged adolescent population,” said Dr. Letisha Scott, CCN clinical associate professor and member of H.O.P.E. project team. Dr. Scott will oversee the screening and referral of youth attending participating schools that do not have SMART® clinics.

Training and mentorship opportunities for school personnel, professionals and paraprofessionals as well as strengthening community partnerships will increase the communities’ capacity to identify at-risk youth and provide the much-needed services that are virtually nonexistent in these rural communities.

The H.O.P.E project will work in collaboration with CSURRC whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities affected by substance use disorders and related conditions in Alabama and beyond.

“CSURRC is honored to support this important work, as center affiliated scientists and students continue to proactively address substance use and mental health problems in our state,” said Dr. Mercy Mumba, CSURRC director and associate professor of nursing.

Along with Casper, Scott and Mumba, the interdisciplinary team on the H.O.P.E. project includes CHES faculty Dr. Blake Berryhill, associate professor; Dr. Karly Downs, assistant professor, and Dr. Tricia Witte, associate professor; as well as Dr. Hee Yun Lee professor and Endowed Academic Chair in Social Work (Health), and Dr. Laura Hopson, associate professor in the School of Social Work; and Dr. George Mugoya, associate professor in the College of Education.

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UA Reaching Rural Areas to Improve Cardiovascular Health

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama is spearheading an effort to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease in West Alabama.

With $6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spread out over the next five years, UA faculty, staff and students will work with local health care providers to implement programs and resources designed to reduce risk factors for heart attacks, strokes and other issues stemming from poor cardiovascular health. The work will focus on nine counties around the University that include rural and underserved areas of the state.

“UA has strong community-based researchers and strong relationships with communities in West Alabama,” said Dr. Sharlene Newman, executive director of the Alabama Life Research Institute. “We will tackle this problem from multiple directions with hope that the planned programming will result in fewer residents with uncontrolled high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as fewer smokers.”

The Alabama Life Research Institute at UA is leading the coalition of researchers and practitioners from the Capstone College of Nursing and the Institute of Data Analytics in the Culverhouse College of Business.

“The West Alabama Cardiovascular Health Program will allow us to partner with each community to increase access to care and improve health literacy with a community-specific focus on hypertension prevention and treatment,” said Dr. Paige Turner Johnson, associate professor and the Saxon Chair for Rural Nursing. “Together we can empower them to write their own story of well-being to create a healthier tomorrow.”

Alabama has some of the highest rates of hypertension in the country, ranked at 47 with 42.7% of the population having a diagnosis, and with Alabamians having a 10-percentage point higher hypertension rate than the national average, according to America’s Health Ranking.

The West Alabama Cardiovascular Health Program will offer services that assist communities with controlling blood pressure and cholesterol by helping people take medication regularly and guiding their diet and exercise. UA will also provide smoking cessation programming.

The program will also bring together local health care workers and community leaders to identify issues affecting health and provide a list of resources to address those barriers.

Through a collaboration with One Alabama Health Record, the team will also increase the use of health information systems to monitor and address the cardiovascular health of the targeted counties.

The program will allow for research on local community needs, how to best use health information data to improve community health and what interventions work best for each community.

“All of this is necessary to develop effective change,” Newman said. “Serving our state and conducting research are necessarily intimately intertwined.”

Along with Newman and Johnson, the West Alabama Cardiovascular Heath Program includes Dr. Christina Ezemenaka, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Wanda Martin Burton, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Letisha Scott, clinical assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Matthew Hudnall, associate professor of management information systems and associate director of the Institute of Data and Analytics.

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2023 Homecoming Tailgate

Nursing students dressed in Alabama garb cheering from Homecoming float

Dean Julie Sanford and the Capstone College of Nursing Alumni Association invite you to CCN’s Homecoming Tailgate on the Quad! Join fellow alumni, friends, faculty and staff on October 14th from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Quad for a complimentary pregame breakfast buffet!

Capstone College of Nursing Homecoming Tailgate
October 14, 2023
8 to 10 a.m.
Tents 163C and 164C on The Quad


CCN’s tailgate will be on the Quad, Tents 163C and 164C (map below). Contact Rosemary Kirby (rosemary.kirby@ua.edu) for more information. Thanks and Roll Tide!

Julie T. Sanford Begins Her Role as Dean of UA Capstone College of Nursing

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The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing is pleased to welcome Julie Tanner Sanford, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF, as the Angelyn Adams Giambalvo Dean of the College, effective August 1, 2023.

“I am thrilled to return to The University of Alabama as dean of the Capstone College of Nursing,” said Dr. Sanford. “As a nurse, then nurse educator and eventually dean, I have had the pleasure of watching my alma mater achieve great success and become the prestigious program we know today. I am looking forward to being back home at CCN and building on the strengths to even greater excellence. The possibilities are endless!”

Read more here.


The Capstone College of Nursing is recognized as a national innovator in clinical simulation in nursing education, utilizing simulators and telehealth technology in teaching, research and health care delivery. The college partners with a variety of well-respected health care facilities to provide clinical experiences that ease the transition into the working world and prepare graduates for challenges after school.

UA Receives $3.5 Million to Confront Nursing Faculty Shortage

The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing is addressing the need to grow and diversify Alabama’s nursing education workforce with the support of more than $3.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dr. Susan Welch, associate professor with the Capstone College of Nursing, secured the funding from the department’s Employment and Training Administration’s Nursing Expansion Grant Program that supports innovative partnerships and strategies that expand and diversify America’s pipeline of qualified nursing professionals. Specifically, these grants will increase the number of nursing instructors and educators.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that only 17.3% of full-time nurse educators in the U.S. are from minority backgrounds. Additionally, one-third of the current nurse educator workforce is projected to retire by 2025.

Welch’s project, BAMA DIstance, aims to increase and diversify the number of nurse educators in Alabama through sustained partnerships between CCN, historically Black colleges and universities, and academic institutions with nursing student populations from underrepresented groups.

The project will recruit Bachelor of Science in Nursing-prepared nurses in Alabama to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a nursing education specialty. Throughout the course of their studies, the program will support participants’ transition from clinical experts to clinical nurse educators.

“The National Academies of Medicine’s ‘Future of Nursing’ calls on nursing schools to address the nurse educator shortage from diverse populations to advance health equity,” said Welch. “BAMA DIstance aims to prepare a diverse population of registered nurses to enter the nursing education workforce, both addressing the nurse educator shortage and transforming the landscape of health care in our state.”

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration will award funding through the Nursing Expansion Grant Program to 25 public-private partnerships in 17 states.

Graduate Program Information Sessions

Save the date! Vickie Samuel, CCN’s Coordinator of Graduate Student Services, is holding information sessions for several of our programs over the next few months. Use the links below to register.

  • July 19, 5 pm: Nurse Practitioner Information Session – Register Here
  • August 16, 5 pm: Nurse Administrator Information Session – Register Here
  • August 29, 3 pm: DNP Information Session – Register Here
  • September 20, 5 pm: Graduate Nursing Information Session – Register Here
  • October 18, 3 pm: Joint PhD Information Session – Register Here

For more information on all graduate programs at CCN, click here.

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Governor Proclaims November 9 as Alabama Frontline Nurses Day

7 committee members stand behind governor at desk

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey has proclaimed November 9, 2023, as Alabama Frontline Nurses Day. The Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame Committee requested the proclamation to raise awareness of the essential role frontline nurses play in our state’s healthcare system.

The proclamation recognizes nursing as the nation’s largest healthcare profession, with over 4 million registered nurses nationwide, and that nurses are “an indispensable component of the safety and quality of patients’ care.” See the official proclamation here.

Nov. 9 has been proclaimed Alabama Frontline Nurses Day as that is the date of the 2023 Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame, an event that will bring together individuals and organizations to celebrate the accomplishments, excellence and impact of outstanding members of the nursing profession.

Established by the Capstone College of Nursing’s Board of Visitors in March 2001, the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame was created to honor nurses and others who, through their work and accomplishments, have brought honor and fame to the profession of nursing and the state of Alabama.

The Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame committee is proud to announce the individuals selected for induction in 2023 include Dr. Judy Bittinger, Ms. Carolyn Chalkley, Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Dr. Joy P. Deupree, Ms. Pepper Hoover, Dr. Joyce Loyd-Davis, Ms. Dorothy Scarbrough, and Ms. Ernestine Tucker.

Judy Bittinger, DSN, PhD, RN

Carolyn B. Chalkley, MSN, RN, Retired

Jennifer J. Coleman, PhD, RN, CNE, COI, Professor, Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing, Samford University

Joy P. Deupree, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FAAN, Professor, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Deborah “Pepper” Hoover, MSN, FNP, RN, Program Director, Department of Nursing Education, Wallace State Community College Hanceville 

Joyce Loyd-Davis DNP, FNP-BC, MSN, MSM, Sr. Director of Health Services, Alabama State University

Dorothy Ray Scarbrough, BSN, MSN, RNC

Ernestine Tucker, RN, Certified Nurse Practitioner

The 2023 Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Event sponsorship and ticket details forthcoming.

For more information, click here or contact Rosemary Kirby, Communications Specialist and Events Coordinator for the Capstone College of Nursing.

Rosemary Russell Kirby, rurussell@ua.edu, (205) 348-7429

Pictured above: Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame representatives Allison Chandler, Wayne Hogg, Cathy Boardman, Regina Yarbrough, Anita Hamlett, Suzy McCallum, Leah Ann Sexton, Amanda Meacham and Tony Roberson with Governor Kay Ivey.

UACCN Recognized for Top Online Programs

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.

In 2023, CCN received top recognition, ranking No. 1 for Best Online Programs for Veterans. UA is the only school in the state of Alabama ranked in this category. Additionally, the College’s Master of Science in Nursing Program ranked No. 2 for Best Online MSN Program and was the only Alabama nursing program ranked in the top 50.

CCN’s Family Nurse Practitioner program was ranked No. 4, the highest ranking in both the state and the Southeastern Conference in this category. And, its Nursing Administration program was ranked No. 14 for 2023.

“The Capstone College of Nursing prides itself on offering flexible online programs for practicing nurses while maintaining the level of excellence for which our educational programs are known,” said Dean Suzanne Prevost. “We are proud to again be recognized in this way. These rankings show the outstanding commitment of our faculty and staff to provide creative and innovative learning environments for our students who are truly passionate lifelong learners.”

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 with the University of Alabama in Huntsville; Doctorate in Education for Nurse Educators in partnership with UA College of Education; and post-graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs. For more information about CCN’s graduate programs, click here.

Currently, U.S. News & World Report does not report rankings for online DNP and PhD programs.

Award Nominations

Nominate a CCN Team Member

To nominate a CCN Faculty, Staff, Student, or Alumni, please press the button below.

To view details for each award, please press each heading below.

CCN Awards

Academic Citizenship Award

Citizenship is an essential part of the faculty/staff role at the Capstone College of Nursing. This award recognizes and honors faculty/staff that have demonstrated behaviors of exceptional citizenship in any one of the three major areas of citizenship.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Board of Visitors Excellence in Teaching Award

Recognizes exemplary faculty members who by action or idea contribute to UA’s mission of teaching, research and service and who, at all levels, have performed in an exemplary manner, above and beyond their normal duties, to further the mission of The University of Alabama. The award is based on the faculty members’ impact on students through the teaching and learning process.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and $500

Board of Visitors “Rising Star” Award

Recognizes exemplary faculty members new to the Capstone who by action or idea contribute to UA’s mission of teaching, research and service and who, at all levels, have performed in an exemplary manner, above and beyond their normal duties, to further the mission of The University of Alabama. The award is based on the faculty members’ impact on students through the teaching and learning process.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty who have taught at CCN 5 or less years
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty, Students and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Certificate or other memento and $250

CCN Distinguished Alumni Award

The Capstone College of Nursing Alumni Association has established The Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize a distinguished CCN graduate who has demonstrated continuous and exemplary contributions to the profession of nursing and/or healthcare. The nominee must be committed to the key values of CCN: education, scholarship, and service.

Who is eligible: All CCN alumni
Who may nominate: Anyone
Due Date: June 15th
Award: Feature in CCN’s annual publication, Capsule, and Engraved memento

CCN Innovation Award

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty and staff who demonstrate innovation in the use of technology to promote the mission and vision of Capstone College of Nursing.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and $200

Clinical Partnership Award: Graduate

This award recognizes and honors clinical agencies or nursing units or departments that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting quality and safety in healthcare, promoting a positive workplace environment when working with nursing students, and promoting professional nursing and the Capstone College of Nursing.

Who is eligible: Clinical agencies, nursing units, or departments
Who may nominate: CCN Nursing Faculty and Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and recognition at August graduation reception

Clinical Partnership Award: Undergraduate

This award recognizes and honors clinical agencies or nursing units or departments that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting quality and safety in healthcare, promoting a positive workplace environment when working with nursing students, and promoting professional nursing and the Capstone College of Nursing.

Who is eligible: Clinical agencies, nursing units, or departments
Who may nominate: CCN Nursing Faculty and Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento

Earnestine Tucker Opening Doors Inclusion & Engagement Award

The Opening Doors Inclusion and Engagement award, established in 2013 to commemorate the “50th Anniversary of Through the Doors…”, recognizes an individual who has opened doors in healthcare for others. This person may have served as a mentor, visionary and/or pioneer. The recipient will have exhibited evidence of efforts to engage in activities that provide for inclusion of diverse populations in quality healthcare delivery. This policy provides the criteria and procedure for selection of the recipient.

Who is eligible: Any CCN student, faculty, staff, alumni or stakeholder
Who may nominate: Anyone
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento

Janet Awtrey Award

This award was conceived by former CCN Dean, Dr. Janet S. Awtrey who wanted to recognize nurse leaders in clinical practice who exemplify stellar professionalism and leadership for their contributions made specifically to the Capstone College of Nursing and to the nursing profession.

Who is eligible: Clinical nurse administrators or leaders
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition at annual college assembly

Outstanding Faculty Practice Award

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty who have demonstrated exemplary and meritorious faculty practice achievements.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty actively engaged in an established faculty practice
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Recognition at Faculty Organization meeting

Outstanding Preceptor: Graduate

The Outstanding Preceptor Award recognizes registered nurse clinical preceptors (not employed by the College of Nursing) who volunteer their time and expertise to make significant contributions to the clinical education of CCN graduate students.

Who is eligible: Registered Nurse Clinical Preceptors
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento and recognition at August graduation reception

Outstanding Preceptor: Undergraduate

The Outstanding Preceptor Award recognizes registered nurse clinical preceptors (not employed by the College of Nursing) who volunteer their time and expertise to make significant contributions to the clinical education of CCN undergraduate students.

Who is eligible: Registered Nurse Clinical Preceptors
Who may nominate: Anyone
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento

Outstanding Scholarship Award: Non-Tenured

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary and meritorious scholarly productivity.

Who is eligible: CCN Non-Tenured Faculty
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Outstanding Scholarship Award: Tenured

This award recognizes and honors Capstone College of Nursing faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary and meritorious scholarly productivity.

Who is eligible: CCN Tenured Faculty
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Prevost Positive Impact Award

Conceived by CCN Dean, Dr. Suzanne Prevost, we seek nominations, for faculty members and staff members, who contributed to creating a positive work environment, through joyfulness, gratitude, and helpfulness to coworkers and/or students. A faculty member AND a staff member may receive the award each year.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty, Staff, or Students
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $500

Recruitment Ambassador

The Recruitment Ambassador Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who shows the highest degree of participation and support of the faculty search process and hospitality to faculty candidates.

Who is eligible: CCN Faculty and Staff
Who may nominate: CCN Faculty and Staff
Due Date: May 1st
Award: Engraved memento, recognition in a college assembly meeting, and $200

Alabama League For Nursing

Alabama League for Nursing

Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award
Recognizes individuals for their exemplary contributions to the nursing profession
Who are eligible: Faculty, Staff, Students
Who may nominate: Faculty
Due Date: February
Award: Plaque, a lamplighter pin, and 2 dinners

Alabama League for Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award
Recognizes educators for the development and implementation of innovative teaching strategies employed in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on projects using outcome measures and other therapeutic nursing interventions.
Who are eligible: Faculty
Who may nominate: Faculty or self-nominated
Due Date: February
Award: $500

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Innovations in Professional Nursing Education
This award recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools to re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change. Innovation awards will be given annually in four institutional categories: Small School, Academic Health Center (AHC), Private School without an AHC, Public School without an AHC.
Who are eligible: Member Schools
Who may nominate: Member Schools
Due Date: June 3
Award: $1000

Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award
To recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Many doctoral students are advancing ground-breaking research and practice innovations that are worthy of national recognition and could serve as exemplars for other students to emulate.
Who are eligible: Student in a PhD in nursing or DNS program
Who may nominate: Dean, doctoral department chair, dissertation committee chair, capstone project advisor
Due Date: August 26th
Award: “Symbol” of appreciation and a $1,000

Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award
To recognize and showcase outstanding dissertations and capstone projects completed by students in research- and practice-focused doctoral programs. Many doctoral students are advancing ground-breaking research and practice innovations that are worthy of national recognition and could serve as exemplars for other students to emulate.
Who are eligible: Student in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program
Who may nominate: Dean, doctoral department chair, dissertation committee chair, capstone project advisor
Due Date: August 26th
Award: “Symbol” of appreciation and a $1,000

The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award
The purpose of the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Didactic Teaching Award will be presented to faculty teaching in either classroom or online settings.
Who are eligible: Faculty at AACN member school
Who may nominate: Student or faculty member
Due Date: June 3
Award: Engraved Award, Conference Fee Waiver, Spotlight on Website

The Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
The purpose of the AACN Novice Faculty Teaching Awards is to recognize excellence and innovation in the teaching of nursing by novice faculty at AACN member schools. The Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award will recognize outstanding faculty teaching in clinical settings.
Who are eligible: Faculty at AACN member school
Who may nominate: Student or faculty member
Due Date: June 1
Award: Engraved Award, Conference Fee Waiver, Spotlight on Website

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
The purpose of the AACN Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award is to recognize a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning and the conditions under which it occurs in order to improve outcomes.
Who are eligible: Faculty at AACN member school
Who may nominate: Dean/Program Director, a peer faculty member, or a student
Due Date: June 3
Award: Engraved Award, Conference Fee Waiver, Spotlight on Website

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACLS)

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

Eligibility for Awards: Members of the INACLS

Due Date for Award Nominations: April

Academic Excellence Award
The award is presented to an INACSL member who demonstrates advancing academic excellence in the field of healthcare simulation and clinical laboratories. Selection Criteria:

  • Employs Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM in teaching and learning.
    • Demonstrates flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm for, and innovation in simulation instructional design and delivery.
    • Demonstrates a sustained record of teaching excellence in academic or other educational professional practice settings.
    • Practices teaching excellence through the use of evidence-based and evidence- informed planning, delivery, and evaluation of simulation-based learning endeavors.
  • Embodies the professional values of a healthcare professional and educator and is held in high regard by students and colleagues.
    • Engages in knowledge translation, including the dissemination of simulation-based education through peer-reviewed publication, conference presentations, poster presentations, and other modes of dissemination.
    • Delivers educational offerings that are validated by evidence of positive outcomes for students, educators and peers.

Best Practice Innovator Excellence Award
This award honors a member of INACSL in the academic or the practice setting that goes above and beyond the ordinary, to demonstrate extraordinary commitment and the use of innovative approaches to the expansion, promotion, dissemination, and/or utilization of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM. This individual demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in some or all of the following areas:

  • Demonstrates leadership and advocacy for the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM by:
    • Collaborating and networking with simulation groups (intra/interdisciplinary) at the local, regional, national, or international level
    • Fostering an understanding of the need for Standards of Best Practice with stakeholder groups through contributions at civic, legislative, or professional association levels
  • Advances the continued evolution and/or interpretation of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM by:
    • Interpreting Standards of Best Practice: Professional Development for peers and/or public, reviews, and/or analyzing standards of practice in a variety of settings
    • Advises on Standards of Best Practice
    • Collaborating to develop or update the Simulation Standards
    • Engaging researchers, clinicians, and educators in the utilization of the Simulation Standards
  • Expands understanding the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM to increase the quality and quantity of the Standards in healthcare by:
    • Assisting other nurses or healthcare professionals to acquire knowledge of evidence-based Simulation Standards
    • Mentoring others to interpret and apply Simulation Standards
    • Creating materials that promote knowledge translation of Standards of Best Practice
    • Promoting evaluation of various aspects of simulation programs against the healthcare Standards of Best Practice
    • Presenting workshops/seminars on the new Standards related to simulation for stakeholder groups and other disciplines
  • Engage in intentional and explicit utilization of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best PracticeTM to advance nursing/healthcare practice (e.g. Quality Care Improvement, Person/Family Centered Care/ Patient Safety, Interprofessional Education) through:
    • Application of the Standards of Best Practice to the professional realm that impacts positive outcomes
    • Employing the Standards to improve patient care
    • Implementation of the Standards in a defined area of nursing/healthcare practice

Diversity, Inclusivity, & Equity in Simulation Leadership Excellence Award
This award is given to a visionary and inspiring healthcare leader in the INACSL simulation practice community who is an exemplary role model dedicated to diversity, inclusivity, and/or equity in simulation practices. Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrates impact regarding diversity, inclusivity, and/or equity in healthcare simulation in local, regional, national, or international environments:
    • Fosters environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion.
    • Supports diversity and the culture of inclusion in day-to-day life.
    • Role models inclusivity and equity.
    • Demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills and cultural humility.
  • Participates in the development of nurse leaders by encouraging diversity, inclusivity, and/or equity:
    • Mentors and coaches others to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion in all simulation-based activities.
    • Supports the diverse needs of learners.
    • Facilitates professional socialization to integrate diversity and inclusion.
    • Promotes scholarly endeavors that stimulate and foster the development of cultural humility and cultural competence in others within the simulation practice community.

Frontline Simulation Champion Excellence Award
This award acknowledges a hard-working individual, and/or team who demonstrates exceptional dedication in the day-to-day implementation of simulation, going beyond the ordinary dedication to excellence in the delivery of simulation-based learning in academic, healthcare institution, or community settings. Frontline Champion(s) have a proven track record for excellence through:

  • Demonstrating a commitment to excellence to optimize simulation-based activities and produce positive outcomes, for example:
    • Dedication
    • Innovation
    • Creativity
    • Collaboration
  • Displaying exceptional contributions toward the successful implementation in the day-to-day delivery of simulation programs, for example:
    • Problem solver
    • Realism
    • Dependability
    • Information technology/digital audio/visual

Research Excellence Award
This award is given to an INACSL member or group of which one individual is an INACSL member, whose endeavors in simulation research has resulted in either the generation of new knowledge or the facilitation of research efforts by others. This research has yielded a significant and unrecognizable benefit to nursing and/or non-nursing simulation communities. Selection Criteria:

Generation of New Knowledge in Simulation

  • The research, or program of research conducted by an individual or a group is recognized for its:
    • Seminal or significant work (theory generation)
    • Scientific merit
    • Synthesis of existing research
    • Significant benefit(s) for simulation in nursing/ non-nursing communities
  • Dissemination of the research is communicated using multimodal communication approaches to promote and increase accessibility and usability of the findings:
    • Peer reviewed publication(s)
    • Written scholarly works (books/chapters/government publications)
    • Peer-reviewed conference presentations/poster presentations

Facilitating Research in Simulation

  • This individual or group facilitates the research efforts of others by:
    • Mentoring others in the process of healthcare simulation research (either the study of simulation itself or using simulation to study another phenomenon)
    • Establishing/chairing research committees
    • Promoting and facilitating applications for research grants
    • Collaborating to offer research conferences/workshops
    • Serving as editor for peer-reviewed journal submissions
    • Serving on advisory/editorial panels of research journals
    • Participating in review of research proposals (local, state, national or global)
    • Supporting the dissemination of others’ research through multimodal communication methods

Service Excellence Award

This award is given to an individual, group, or organization/company that has donated their time, talent, and/or resources to INACSL to advance the field of simulation. Selection Criteria:

  • The nominee(s) exemplifies exceptional service resulting in a significant and positive contribution to INACSL in one or more of the following ways:
    • Actively seeks to foster the organization’s goals
    • Demonstrates professional responsibility to INACSL
    • Actively volunteers where there is a need
    • Exhibits outstanding leadership within the organization by serving on committees or ad hoc groups or task forces
    • Enhances existing INACSL programs or services
    • Builds community
  • The nominee(s) promotes community within the INACSL organization and throughout the field of simulation locally, nationally, and internationally:
    • Mentors others
    • Promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity
    • Actively promotes the involvement of members in the organization
    • Creates innovative and new projects, products, or member opportunities

Spirit of Simulation Leadership Excellence Award

This award is given to a visionary and inspiring leader in the INACSL simulation practice community who exemplifies the characteristics of a transformational leader. This award is open to those in academia and in the healthcare clinical setting. This individual is one who has a proven track record to:

  • Inspire, create and lead a vision for simulation in local, regional, national, or international environments.
    • Recognized as a leader in the simulation practice community and beyond
    • Appointed/elected to national and/or international task forces, commissions, councils, and/or committees
    • Involved in other significant leadership endeavors such as, service in a legislative, professional and/or community capacity
  • Participate in the development of leaders and encourage new leadership in simulation.
    • Promotes sense of worth and empowerment in others
    • Demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills
    • Facilitates professional socialization at all levels within the simulation practice community
  • Mentor, guide, and teach others as leaders by creating conditions that foster growth and transformation in others.
    • Nurtures an environment that encourages active listening
    • Establishes a rich, trusting relationship with the mentee
    • Promotes scholarly endeavors that stimulate and foster professional personal growth and leadership development in others within the simulation practice community

National League for Nursing

National League for Nursing

Eligibility for Awards: Members of the NLN

Due Date for Award Nominations: May

  • NLN Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education
    To recognize contributions of nurse educator who:
    • Demonstrates outstanding teaching
    • Contributes as a leader in nursing education
    • Encourages creative interactions with students from diverse backgrounds
    • Mentors and serves as role model for junior faculty.
    • Publishes scholarly works that advance nursing education knowledge or provides support for educational levels where they are engaged
  • NLN Award for Outstanding Leadership in Clinical Practice
    To recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual who:
    • Inspires passion for clinical nursing
    • Promotes evidence-based practice by building practice-education partnerships
    • Encourages clinical expertise and inter-professional practice
    • Challenges students to expand their clinical knowledge base in innovative ways
    • Conducts scholarly research to assess learning outcomes that improve patient care
    • Fosters development of clinical reasoning in the culture of patient care
  • NLN Humanitarian Award
    To recognize an Individual who improves the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative, and compassionate acts, and who:
    • Meets the ethical responsibilities of the nursing profession in keeping with the NLN core values of caring, integrity, diversity & inclusion, and excellence
    • Enhances the lives of people through unselfish dedication to humanity
    • Cares for others above and beyond their roles regardless of personal risk or compensation
    • Embodies common moral decencies such as altruism, integrity, freedom, justice, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility, and compassion
    • Respects and embraces human diversity


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