Rita Ferguson, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE

Rita Ferguson

Rita Ferguson, PhD, RN, CHPN, CNE
Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: NUR 320B 
Curriculum Vitae


  • 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
  • Nursing Administration

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR301 Professional Concepts of Nursing
  • NUR312 Gerontological Nursing Care

Service Activities

  • Chair, Strategic Management Committee, Academic year 2015-2016
  • Interim Assistant Dean Undergraduate Program, Junior Year, Academic years 2013-2015
  • 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 UAH College of Nursing, BSN Curriculum Sub Committee, 2010- 2012
  • Member, College of Nursing CCNE Steering Committee, 2009-2010
  • Faculty Senate, 2008-2010
  • Member, UAH Faculty Handbook 2008-2011
  • Member UAH 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

  • Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Award, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, May 2015
  • UAH Faculty Award for Excellence, College of Nursing, Outstanding Faculty, May 2013
  • UAH Student Government Association Most Outstanding Teacher 2010-2011

Research Interests

  • End-of-life Care
  • Nursing Care of Older Adults
  • Caring
  • Nursing Education

Publications and Presentations

  • Invited speaker: Presentation at International Conference on Hospice & Palliative Care, "Patient-centered care: The lived experiences of nurses providing hospice care," OMICS, Orlando, FL. (August 31, 2015).
  • Presentation: 26th International Nursing Research Congress, "Knowing about and caring for persons receiving hospice care: The lived experiences of nurses working in hospice agencies," Sigma Theta Tau International, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (July 26, 2015).
  • Poster presentation: 3rd Annual Concept Based Curriculum Symposium, "Change to a Concept Based Curriculum: Work in Progress," Elsevier Academic consulting Group, Kansas City, Kansas. (June 5, 2015).
  • Poster presentation: 29th Annual Conference, "Ways of Knowing Experienced by Nurses Working in Hospice Agencies," Southern Nursing Research Society, Tampa, FL. (February 27, 2015).
  • 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
  • Invited speaker, Alabama Gerontological Society presentation April 2012, "A Comparison of Rural and Urban Care Resources for the Older Adult and Caregiver"

Research Grants

  • Research or Creative Experience for Undergraduates Summer 2015, Nursing Students’ Concerns and Experiences Toward End-of-Life Care: A Mixed Methods Study Using Simulation