Oklahoma: Rising at the Speed of Delight - Marvel L. Williamson

Oklahoma: Rising at the Speed of Delight

By Marvel L. Williamson

  • Release Date - Published: 2010-09-01
  • Book Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Author: Marvel L. Williamson
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July 8 marked the ninth anniversary of my coming to Oklahoma to take the position of Dean of Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University. In 2001, the nursing school, as well as baccalaureate and higher nursing education throughout Oklahoma in general, seemed lost in a fog of distrust, timidity, and apathy. Some individual schools were making their mark, but many--including my own--were languishing. One sign of the problem was made clear in the US Department of Health and Human Service's National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (2004), showing that Oklahoma ranked 49th out of the fifty states for having the fewest number of nurses with graduate degrees proportional to the number of RNs. Only one nursing school offered master's degrees, the Oklahoma University College of Nursing (OU CON), and no one offered doctorates. This dearth of educational opportunity seemed unthinkable, as state and national need for nurses with higher degrees had never been greater. Therefore, after pulling my nursing school out of financial exigency, my next goal was to expand nursing education opportunities. We began adding programs to the only one offered at that time (the traditional four-year BSN). In 2002, we resurrected the RN-to-BSN program. In January 2004, we opened the state's first program for career changers who already held bachelor's and higher degrees in fields other than nursing: the accelerated Bachelor's to BSN. That same year in August we launched the state's second master's degree in nursing program, offering three degree tracks: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and an MSN/MBA dual degree option. More recently, but certainly not the last new program, in January 2010 Oklahoma City University also opened the state's first Part-Time BSN track, choosing to offer classes and clinicals during evenings and Saturdays.

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