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Dr. Marsha Howell Adams

Dr. Marsha Howell Adams

MSN and DNP

Dean and Professor


Dr. Adams is the Dean and Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing. She teaches in the MSN and DNP programs.

Education

  • PhD – The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
  • MSN – The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
  • BSN – The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) (2007-2017) Certification Agency: National League For Nursing’s Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (1983-2017)

Expertise

  • Healthcare disparities of rural children
  • Enhancing clinical judgment using targeted debriefing
  • Student characteristics and perceptions of learning and confidence acquisition associated with simulation
  • Selected risk factors on development of type 2 diabetes mellitus in rural children

Research Interests

  • Healthcare disparities of rural children.
  • A multi-faceted approach to enhance student success.
  • Enhancing clinical judgment using targeted debriefing.
  • Student characteristics and perceptions of learning and confidence acquisition associated with simulation.
  • Baseline health assessment of Tuscaloosa Pre-K children.
  • The effects of selected risk factors on development of type 2 diabetes mellitus in rural children.
  • Longitudinal study of the Rural Alabama Child Caring Initiative. (on-going research- focus: insurance status, unmet health needs, obesity)
  • Social support and health promotion lifestyles of rural women.
  • Critical thinking abilities of nursing students using the Watson-Glaser and the California critical thinking test.

Awards and Recognitions (Last five years):

  • 2018 – Awarded the Alabama State Nurses Association Outstanding Nurse Administrator Academe (October)
  • 2018 – Selected as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence for Promoting the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty. National League for Nursing Review Panel. 2018-2022.
  • 2017 – Inducted into the State of Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame. Tuscaloosa, AL. (October)
  • 2017 – Appointed to the Board of Thrive Alabama (June)
  • 2017-2022 – Awarded recertification as a Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing Academic Nurse Educator Certification Commission
  • 2016/2018 – Appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice for a four-year term by Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
  • 2015 – Appointed to the Board of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (January)
  • 2015 – Awarded the Marie L. O’Korean Alumni Award for Innovation and Leadership by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni Association. (September).
  • 2015 – Awarded the Marie L. O’Korean Alumni Award for Innovation and Leadership by the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni Association. (September).
  • 2014 – Inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in Washington, D.C. (October)
  • 2014 – Alabama State Nurses Association Citation of Excellence Award
  • 2013-2015 – Elected President of the National League for Nursing.
  • 2012-2017 – Awarded recertification as a Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing Academic Nurse Educator Certification Commission

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