Donna Copeland DNP, RN, CPN, CPON, AE-C
Assistant Professor
Adult Health Nursing

Research Interests
  • Community & Academic Partnerships in Education
  • Improving the Culture of Safety in Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement
  • Translating Evidence-Based Research into Practice
  • Nursing Education

  • BSN: University of South Alabama
  • MSN: Executive Nursing Administration, University of South Alabama
  • DNP: Executive nursing Administration, University of South Alabama

Specialized Training & Certification

  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer
  • Nurse Executive, Board Certified
  • Asthma Educator-Certified
  • Certified Pediatric Nurse
  • Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse
  • Certified APHON Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Provider Instructor
  • Certified Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor
  • AHA BLS Instructor

  • Buckner, E., Optholt, T., Miller, K., & Copeland, D. (2016). Addressing health disparities in asthma for middle school students in a medically underserved area in Mobile
    County. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, 87(2). [abstract.]
  • Copeland. D/ Buckner, E., Opt’Holt, T., Miller, K., Norris, K. & Lucas, R. (2017). School-based interprofessional asthma self-management program for middle school students: A feasibility trial. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science, [abstract].
  • Eilersn J., Asakura, Y., Blecher, C. Burgoon, D., Burns, B.,Chiffelle, R., Ciccolini, K., Copeland, D. DeGennaro,G., Growney, J., Hallock, D., Harris, D., Henry, K., Lucas, A., Maxwell, C., Saca-Hazboun, H., Samuel-Blalock, C., & Terlizzi, J. (2011-2016). Mucositis. Putting Evidence into Practice. [Online version]. Oncology Nurses Society.
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Graduate Courses Taught

  • Data Management and Decision Making in Health Care Systems
  • Evidence-based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Policy & Finance
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership
  • Project Planning
  • Managing Healthcare Personnel
  • Nursing Administration Concepts & Theories
  • Nursing Administration Finance
  • Nursing Administration Field Study
  • Nursing Administration Internship
  • Nursing Administration Seminar
  • Executive Administration Project Planning & Development
  • Executive Administration Residency I
  • Executive Administration Residency II
  • Executive Administration Residency III

Honors and Awards
  • Excellence in Practice Award, 2001
  • President List/Dean’s List, 1997-2001
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, 2000-2005, 2015
  • Alpha Theta Chi Honor Society, 2000-2005
  • Golden Golden Key Honor Society, 2000, 2015
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honnor Society, 2000
  • Silver Medal Award for Respect, USACWH 2016
  • Christie Miree Award Nominee, 2016
  • Beacon of Light Award (Employee of the Month) April 2016
  • Lizzie Whetsell Award (Roy Conference), June 2016
  • New Faculty Scholar’s Program, 2017
  • University of South Alabama Faculty Development Council (USAFDC) Grant. February 2016-February 2017