Capstone College of Nursing News Winter 2021

CCN Expansion Provides Unique Learning Opportunities, Amenities

The new addition to the Capstone College of Nursing couldn’t open at a more essential moment in time. Watch a recap of CCN's Building Expansion Ribbon Cutting below!

Welcome to the new wing!

When doors to the new wing opened in January 2021, the college celebrated the growth of its nursing program by expanding student learning and collaboration space and equipping faculty with the square footage needed to conduct research, prepare lectures and meet one-on-one with students.

In addition to the new learning spaces, the expansion brings other amenities exciting to students, including food service, an outdoor terrace and meditation labyrinth, as well as additional study space.

For more information about CCN's Building Expansion, click here.

UACCN Ranks Among Best Online Nursing Programs for 2021

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.

CCN’s Master of Science in Nursing was ranked No. 17 by the publication, the highest ranked online master’s in nursing program in 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, expert opinion, services and technologies, and student excellence. For more information about the Best Online Programs methodology, click here.

For more information about CCN’s graduate programs, click here.

Nominate a #BamaNurse!

Each year, CCN’s Alumni Association honors an alum who has demonstrated continuous and exemplary work in the nursing and healthcare industries. We are so grateful for the bravery, passion and creativity of our nurses on the frontlines, today and every day.

Please submit your nominations by March 1, 2021.

Join us for the Joe Burrage Memorial Lectureship

February 8 at 5 pm

Please join CCN for its annual Joe Burrage Memorial Lectureship via Zoom on February 8th at 5 pm! This year’s featured speaker is Richard Ricciardi, CRNP, PhD, FAANP, FAAN. Dr. Ricciardi (pictured right) is a Professor and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at The George Washington University School of Nursing, and president of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Prior to joining GW, Dr. Ricciardi served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement and the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Ricciardi served on active duty in the Army for 31 years, where he held numerous positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. In 2020, he was recalled back to active duty to serve as the Medical Director for the COVID-19 pandemic screening, treatment and public health response at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, one of the Department of Defense’s largest training bases.

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.

Please register in advance using this Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. One Nursing CEU will be offered to those who attend the lectureship.

CCN Students working a UA Flu Clinic

CCN's Crimson Closet

CCN student's idea will aid others under financial stress

“We have several group chats for our nursing classes where we communicate study tips, answer questions about CCN, and just help each other out. As we were ordering scrubs, I noticed many students were worried about the cost because they’re not cheap– my set was $220,” said Michealyn D. Crauswell (pictured left). “As someone who grew up in a single-parent household, I know how tight money can get. There have been many times I’ve had to choose between things, or go without because we just couldn’t swing it. My mom is pretty great, and always made something happen though.

Since it was such a large number of students and not just a couple, I took a few days to decide what to do and I came up with the Crimson Closet. I suggested that past CCN students could donate used scrubs, shoes, and coats so that current students could use them for little to no cost.”

Read more about this initiative here.

Kim Armstrong and her students in the Simulation Center

Alumni Updates

Tara Fernandez Bertulfo, DNP, RN, CNE (DNP, 2012) was recognized as the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year for 2019-2020.

Jeremy Blount, MSNA, CRNA (BSN, 2014) graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine's Nurse Anesthesia Program in August 2020 where he received the Sandra Maree Ouellette Nurse Anesthesia Scholarship & the Agatha Hodgins Award.

Traci Collins, MSN, RN (MSN, 2018) was named president of Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens, Ala., after over 30 years of service at ALH.

Michelle L. Edwards, DNP, FACHE, FAANP (BSN, 1995) will serve as the new chief experience officer (CXO) at Providence. This role is a new position for the organization and will support its commitment to being a patient-first organization.

Please help us stay in touch by ensuring we have your current contact information on file. We would love to hear about your honors, awards, promotions, retirements, personal updates and more!

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