Colleen M. Lynch, DNP, RN, CNL

Assistant Professor
Adult Health Nursing


  • DNP, University of South Alabama (Executive Nurse Administration), 2018
  • MSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham- Accelerated Program (Clinical Nurse Leader), 2010
  • BSN equivalent, University of Alabama at Birmingham- Accelerated Program (Nursing), 2009
  • BS, Francis Marion University (Chemistry), 2006
  • BS, Francis Marion University (Biology), 2004

Specialized Training

  • Certification, Commission on Nurse Certification, Clinical Nurse Leader, 2011-current
  • Certificate, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Transformative Nurse Training, 2013

Research Interests

  • Educational pedagogy
  • Student retention strategies
  • Quality improvement implementation and nursing workflow

Ongoing Research Support

  • University of South Alabama Doctoral QI Project (non-funded)
    Improving Bone Health Using a Nurse-Driven Fracture Liaison Service Model of Care.
    The goal of this study is to examine the impact of a nurse-driven referral screening to a fracture liaison clinic designed to identify, treat and manage osteoporosis. The study is also examining the impact of the fracture liaison clinic on osteoporosis education knowledge, fear of falling, and physiological parameters.
    Role: PI

Completed Research Support

  • University of South Alabama Quality Enhancement Plan grant
    Integrating Clinical Situations in the Classroom to Improve Students’ Attitudes toward the Elderly Population and Identification of Common Healthcare Needs of a Vulnerable Population.
    The goal of this study was to improve nursing student’s perceptions of caring for and working with the elderly patient population, using team-based learning as a pedagogical strategy. The study also examined contributing qualities of team-based learning that influenced student perceptions.
    Role: Co-Investigator

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Lynch, C., Wright, T., Swanzy, D., & Jordan, K. (2018, March). TBL based integration of clinical situations to enhance nursing student perceptions of the elderly: A mixed-methods study, Poster presentation. Team Based Learning Collaborative 17th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA.

  • Lynch, C. & Jordan, K. (2016, May). Impact of patient perceptions on student nursing clinical learning experiences, Podium presentation. Conference on Teaching and Learning, University of South Alabama. Mobile, AL.

  • Lynch, C., Matthews, C., & Brown, D. (October 2014). Use of unit-based volunteers to improve CAHPS responsiveness domain scores. UAB Medicine Story Board Symposium, Birmingham, AL.


Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Clinical Nursing Skills
  • Administration of Medications
  • Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • Foundations of Professional Nursing Clinical
  • Adult Health Nursing Clinical II

Honors and Awards

  • Best Poster Award, Team-Based Learning Collaborative, March 2018

    Recognition for Outstanding Achievements in Team-Based Learning as QEP Pedagogical Scholar, May 2017, April 2016

  • Exemplary Practice Award, Birmingham VA Medical Center, 2013

    Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Inducted 2009

  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Francis Marion University, Inducted 2004