Rita Ferguson, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE

Rita Ferguson

Rita Ferguson, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE
Interim Assistant Dean, Junior Year
Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: NUR 320B 


  • PhD, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University
  • MSN Nursing Administration, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL-Nursing Administration
  • MSA Health Care Administration, Central Michigan University, MT Pleasant, MI
  • BSN, Murray State University, Murray, KY

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Nurse Educator, The National League for Nursing
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse, The National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses

Clinical Expertise

  • Community Health
  • Hospice and Palliative Care

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR310 Professional Practice Nursing I

Service Activities

  • Interim Assistant Dean Undergraduate Program, Junior Year
  • Chair, Curriculum Task Force 2014-2015
  • Member, Curriculum Transformation Task Force 2011-2012
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Program, Junior Courses 2012
  • Treasurer Beta Phi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2010-2012
  • Member UAHuntsville College of Nursing, BSN Curriculum Sub Committee, 2010- 2012
  • Member, College of Nursing CCNE Steering Committee, 2009-2010
  • Faculty Senate, 2008-2010
  • Member, UAHuntsville Faculty Handbook 2008-2011
  • Member UAHuntsville College of Nursing, RN-BSN Curriculum Sub Committee, 2008-2010
  • Crestwood Medical Center Liaison, 2006-2008
  • North Alabama Medical Reserve Corps, 2008-current

Special Achievements/Honors/Awards

  • UAH Faculty Award for Excellence, College of Nursing, Outstanding Faculty, May 2013
  • UAHuntsville Student Government Association Most Outstanding Teacher 2010-2011

Research Interests

  • Caring
  • Nursing Education

Publications and Presentations

  • Presentation: Transformational Leadership in Nursing Education at Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention, November 17, 2013
  • Poster presentation: "Building bridges: Promoting teamwork and collaboration among beginning and intermediate student nurses using low-fidelity simulation" at 2014 QSEN Forum, Baltimore, MD, May 27-29, 2014
  • Alabama Gerontological Society presentation April 2012, "A Comparison of Rural and Urban Care Resources for the Older Adult and Caregiver"