Deb McCullock, DNP is the assistant professor of Southern Nazarene University, School of Nursing, located in Bethany, OK.

by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university, a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for lives of service to God, leadership and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world.
Deb McCullock, DNP, is a assistant professor of the School of Nursing at SNU, just one of the many professors here at the university. Deb grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Oklahoma when she was in high school. “My family and I relocated and I have lived here in Oklahoma ever since,” she said. “At the time, I wasn’t too sure about it. I’m considered an Okie now though,” she added. “There was such a difference in the two states, it was unreal. That was a long time ago and I suppose that I adjusted to the change just fine, Oklahoma is definitely my home now.”
Deb has been a nurse for 32 years and a Professor at SNU for 2 years. “Even when I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a mom and a nurse,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. I enjoy teaching and seeing the students learn. It is a good feeling knowing that I am teaching these students to become nurses. I know teaching others in the medical field is what I was meant to do with my life.”
Asking Deb where she went to school, she had quite a list for me. “Let’s see, after high school, I went to Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK for my associate’s degree. Then, Southern Nazarene University for my Bachelor’s degree. After that, I attended OU Health Science Center for my master’s degree and Family Nurse Practitioner. Moving forward, I went to the University of Alabama for my doctrine of nursing practice. After all of that, I ended up here at SNU,” Deb replied.
“My biggest reward in my work as a professor is the fact that I get the opportunity to watch the students gain understanding of concepts that they were previously confused by. It is rewarding for me, as a professor to see their minds absorb so much information. I am proud of all of my students. On the other hand, my biggest challenge is time management. I have a hard time with that sometimes but I am trying to fit everything into a certain time frame. I’m still working on that myself, but I am getting better,” she said with a laugh.
What advice do you give to your students? “Some of the most important advice I can give to my students is to tell them how important it is to remember that your family and your patients are people. Sometimes, I think we tend to forget to acknowledge that,” she replied. “We need to make that a priority and know that is important in any practice. Our attitude towards others is everything,” Deb added.
Asking Deb what qualities she thought made a good nurse, she replied, “I think it is very important to pay attention to detail, time management, current knowledge and flexibility. Those are some of the best qualities about a nurse.”
When Deb is not teaching at SNU, she enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, their spouses, and her three grandchildren, ages, three, six and nine. “I love spending time with my family,” she said with a smile. I also like to run when I get the chance.”
Deb has traveled to quite a few places to help others learn about nursing. She has been to Haiti and Peru. One thing that keeps Deb extra busy is her non-profit business; reading and writing grants in Zambia, Africa. She usually travels once or twice a year with a group of volunteers. “The volunteering encompasses lots of things; we work with the local organizations, provide equipment and supplies to those in need and partner with local companies to work together and do whatever we need to do to help others, “she said. “I just love traveling, knowing that I’m helping them in such a huge way.”
The most positive words Deb uses when speaking to her students? I’m Proud of You. What an encouragement to all.

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For more than 50 years, Orthopedic Associates has been one of the largest orthopedic practices in the Oklahoma City metro area. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Orthopedic Associates is now Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates.
Orthopedic Associates’ 12 highly skilled providers will continue to offer a full spectrum of orthopedic services to patients of all ages at Mercy Clinic locations in Edmond, El Reno, Oklahoma City and Weatherford. The team will also continue to support several high school and college sports programs across Oklahoma.
In addition to the clinics, Mercy also acquired a surgery center on Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates’ Oklahoma City campus.
“At Mercy, we are always looking for opportunities to provide the very best care to even more patients in our region,” said Dr. Jesse Campbell, chief administrative officer of Mercy Clinic in Oklahoma. “Orthopedic Associates has a great reputation in the community among patients and providers, and we are so excited to welcome them to our team. Together, we will do great things.”
By joining with Mercy, the orthopedic clinics will be able to accept more types of insurance and gain access to a large network of resources and providers.
In February, patients of Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates will also have access to MyMercy, a free online system where they can review test results, email their provider and request prescription refills 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We are proud of Orthopedic Associates’ 50-year heritage and looking forward to working with Mercy Clinic to improve orthopedic care for all Oklahomans,” said Dr. Gary Anderson, president of Orthopedic Associates. To learn more about Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates, visit or call (405) 947-0911 or the phone numbers listed below. Orthopedic services are available at these locations:
Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates – Edmond I-35, 2017 W. I-35 Frontage Road, Edmond, OK 73013 (405) 947-0911
Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Surgery – Edmond I-35, 2017 W. I-35 Frontage Road, Suite 250, Edmond, OK 73013 (405) 757-3340
Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates – El Reno, 2115 Parkview Dr., El Reno, OK 73036 (405) 947-0911
Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates – NW 50th Street, 3301 NW 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112, (405) 947-0911
Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Associates – Weatherford, 3735 Legacy, Weatherford, OK 73096, (405) 947-0911

Changing Lives for the better, together.
It is what we do. And, it is who we are. Join us!
At Hillcrest, our goal is to Change Lives for the better, together. Hillcrest Hospital – South provides state-of-the-art technology in an easy-to-navigate community setting.
Our 180-bed facility offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including maternity, cardiology, emergency, orthopedics and surgery.
Hillcrest Hospital – South is committed to evidence-based medicine and our results speak for themselves.
· CVOR ICU Nights
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Hillcrest South offers:
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John Stark, RN, BSN, has many responsibilities as Director of Surgical Services for Integris Deaconess Hospital, continuing to keep a positive attitude in his daily life.


by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

Meet John Stark, RN, BSN, Director of Surgical Services. Friendly and outgoing, he is known by his staff, co-workers and patients as always having a smile on his face, followed with a ‘good morning.’ Who could ask for a better Director?
The Department of Surgical Services at Integris Deaconess includes sterile processing and supplies, operating rooms, outpatient services, pre-admitting team and Endoscopy. John has 82 people under him as their Director which is a big responsibility in itself.
The Surgical Service unit is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and scopes for general surgical procedures. These rooms are spacious, and designed with efficiency and safety in mind.
John grew up in Grove, OK. He became interested in the medical field when his sister was working in the Human Relations in the Nursing Department. “I was visiting my sister quite often and that is when I decided I would go school to be a nurse. So, I guess you could say that my sister had quite an influence on me. One mentor that stands out to me was my preceptor, Rosa Maladies, RN who was a tremendous help to me when I was at Integris Southwest,” John stated.
What qualities make a good nurse? “I think a nurse needs to be caring, willing to serve, open minded and definitely willing to change lives,” John said.
What is your biggest reward with your job? “Working in the OR, it is the people you see coming in with serious problems and diseases knowing that we are helping them, making them better. It is a great feeling knowing that I am a part of that. I think it is for any nurse,” he commented. What is your biggest challenge? “The biggest challenge in health care is trying to keep the patient and the organizations to go in the same direction. Health care is changing all the time. Also, trying to keep the patients to have a positive outlook, letting them know that they are moving forward but it can be rough at times,” John replied.
John has quite the experience in the medical field. He has been a nurse for 28 years. “I started out as an orderly and then a nurse tech. From there, I worked as a Recovery Nurse, Level One Trauma at OU, Supervisor of OR Recovery at Integris Southwest and a few hospitals in-between. I plan on getting my Masters in Health and Administration in February 2019,” John said.
I asked John to describe himself. “I am definitely a family man and enjoy spending time with my wife and three children. I love God and I do the Lord’s work, helping people, including patients, staff and anywhere I can. I believe in taking care of myself so I can take care of others. I consider myself a leader, a hard worker willing to put the work in, doing my best. I like being a teacher and giving others a learning opportunity instead of discipline actions. I try to stay positive in everything I do.” John replied.
A typical day for John starts out with safety huddles. The purpose of the unit based safety huddle is to increase safety awareness among nursing staff and to identify ways to help ensure that safety measures are in place for the safety of our patients. Next, I meet with the administration safety huddle team. After that, it’s like running around with a bucket full of water, putting the fires out,” he said with a laugh. “We manage to get those fires out,” he added.
John, what advice would you give to someone going into the medical field? “I would tell them not to take certain things personal. If there is a problem, deal with it as quick as possible, don’t put it off. Nursing can be a stressful job; just relax and stay positive. It can be rough at times, yet it is one of the most rewarding jobs there is and well worth the hard work.”
It was October 1, 2018 when Integris Baptist Hospital bought AllianceHealth Deaconess Hospital. I spoke with John Stark, RN, BSN, Director of Surgical Services at Integris Deaconess about the transition. “I couldn’t be happier. I’ll have to say, things are so much better now. Integris Baptist has made improvements in a lot of different areas around the hospital. I can see some big changes ahead, all for the better,” John replied.

Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee
$20,000 sign-on bonus for experienced RNs.*
As a Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee nurse, you can enjoy the best of both worlds:
a friendly, small community and the resources of Oklahoma’s largest healthcare provider.
And, now through January 31, enjoy a $20,000 sign-on bonus.*
Less than an hour from Tulsa, Muskogee features outstanding cultural and natural attractions, including
numerous lakes and state parks that offer boating, skiing, golfing, fishing and every other type of outdoor family recreational activity.
Why now is a great time to join our team:
• $20,000 sign-on bonus and relocation assistance for experienced RNs*
• Great benefits, including paid time off, tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, onsite childcare, adoption benefits and more
• We are a qualified not-for-profit organization, so you may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness**Saint Francis Health System includes:
• Saint Francis Hospital
• The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis
• Warren Clinic
• Heart Hospital at Saint Francis
• Saint Francis Hospital South
• Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital
• Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee
• Saint Francis Hospital Vinita
• Saint Francis Cancer Center
• Saint Francis Home Care Companies
• Saint Francis Glenpool
To learn more about nursing opportunities at Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee, please call Melissa at 918-558-8028.
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*Applies to registered nurses in select patient units with at least two years of nursing experience. Four-year work commitment required. Limited time only—program ends January 31, 2019.
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Norman Regional Health System recently received three awards for excellence in the care of heart attack patients.
The three awards include the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks. The third award is American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for the health system’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients. There are only 95 hospitals nationwide to receive the award.
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.
Norman Regional earned the Mission: Lifeline awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.
Tim Henry, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee, said the committee commends Norman Regional for the award and for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment.
“We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients,” Dr. Henry said.
To receive the ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, Norman Regional has demonstrated sustained achievement in the ACTION Registry for four consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

Please read if you are a business owner or corporate executive or anyone who makes decisions that affect most working Americans. I need to use my voice and speak for many people who are struggling with your new rules, policy changes and lack of communication.

Many of the people who seek counseling are doing so because of their rising levels of stress related to their jobs. Mental distress such as depression and anxiety; physical distress such as insomnia, stomach aches, headaches and high blood pressure. People who walked into their jobs with good to excellent health are now rating it poor to fair.
So what is happening in the workplace that in my opinion, is unnecessary? Here are a few examples:
1. Danny worked for a very large company in a job where he unloaded palates of merchandise out of large trucks. In the summer the temperatures in the trucks were over 100 degrees. His company provided water to the workers in this department until SOMEONE decided to make the employees buy their own water. (Will save the company millions……I am sure??)
BUT NO ONE TOLD THE WORKERS!!! They arrived and found out this was the new plan. Now keep in mind this company would not work many of their employees 40 hours so they did not have to pay benefits. Danny and the others could not afford to buy water every day. Danny took a very large jug of water but it was gone in a few hours. So he went without or had to buy it.
2. Terri worked in a health care facility. She found out her co-pay had doubled when she went to her therapist. She was unaware of the change. NO ONE TOLD HER!! Her provider called to find out and the reason was complicated and ridiculous. (The real reason is the hospital wanted the employee to pay more). Terri had to decrease her therapy because instead of paying $20 per session she was now paying $40.
3. Janice also worked in health care as a second job. Initially her contribution to her 401K was matched but she noticed on her pay stubs that she was no longer getting the match contribution. When she inquired, she was told it was stopped because she wasn’t working enough hours. NO ONE TOLD HER!!
The examples are absolutely endless. If you play the workplace movie forward……which for anyone with an ample amount of common sense this shouldn’t be difficult…….people are dying to work for you!!!
End result: The teachers move, the nurses quit, the doctors need doctors, the call center workers file for disability at higher rates and on it goes. Has making a profit wiped out integrity, decency and respect for people? The employee is required to communicate but the company isn’t? When you, Mr. Company Boss find yourself without good employees or a bunch of mediocre workers, its time for you to go to therapy.


Angela Archer, BSN

Angela Archer, BSN

“What can I do, I am just a nurse?!” This is a question I have often asked myself over the years as a staff floor nurse. I hadn’t really given that particular question in my mind much credence until the past few years. Finding my voice and helping others find and use their voice has been a series of small steps, which I hope to inspire not only the persons around me in my place of work, but as a profession as a whole.“What can I do, I am just a nurse?!” This is a question I have often asked myself over the years as a staff floor nurse. I hadn’t really given that particular question in my mind much credence until the past few years. Finding my voice and helping others find and use their voice has been a series of small steps, which I hope to inspire not only the persons around me in my place of work, but as a profession as a whole.As nurses, we have a voice, and we use our voice every day at the bedside. We are all advocates, whether we know it or not. The term advocate is Latin for advocare, which means to “call to one’s aid”. Do we not do this every day? We advocate for our patients, however, we stop there, and fail to realize we can be, and do so much more beyond the bedside as advocates for ourselves and others. Yes, I understand most of us have families, have other obligations and commitments outside of work, I have been there. My priority was my family. Why is using and finding our voice so important to our profession, to ourselves and to each other? Because this is important to our future as professionals, as leaders, and as human beings helping other human beings. We are called to advocate every day, and we have a duty to fulfill that obligation. Whether on a small or larger scale, we can use our voice to make a change. Back to my original question, “What can I do, I am just a nurse?”. Glad you asked, here are some of my suggestions I have learned and used along my road to “Finding My Voice”:1. Vote! This is one of the simplest and overlooked actions we can do as citizens and as nurses. If you don’t vote, you are not using your voice, and yes, our votes as nursing professionals can make a difference, as there are over 74,000 licensed nurses in the state of Oklahoma. Pick up a voter registration application next time you renew your car tags at your local tag agency. You can also download an application from Write. Yes, I know, this can take a little more time, but a simple letter can potentially make a big difference. Write to your local state legislators. They listen, especially in this political environment of change we have been experiencing in Oklahoma. To find your legislator in your district, go to From there, you will be prompted to type your address, and your district legislators will appear. You then will be able to click on their pictures, and their contact information will be displayed. I will pass on knowledge that my own district house representative passed on to me. She told me, she has changed her mind on voting on a particular bill, after a constituent presented her with research that supported a stance that she was originally was against. She also stated, most of our legislators are businessmen/women, and do not know everything. Legislators need our input and need us as nursing professionals to help make decisions on bills that could potentially affect us as health care professionals and our patients.3. Join. There are many differing nursing specialty organizations that are local, state or national. As a member of INS (Infusion Nurse Society), I attend meetings every other month, learn about various topics that not only benefits me, but my patients. I have also been past president of our state INS, and from this experience, I have grown as a leader as well. (Baby steps, lead to the next level). Join your place of work’s leadership committees. This is where I started. Unit based council, practice council. You can use your voice to be heard, to use your voice on behalf of others. The potentials are endless. Again, you will be using your time, but the time will be well spent, and everyone will benefit. These are some suggestions to start you on your way to “Finding Your Voice”, to not only advocate for yourselves, but others who may not have their “voice”. So you see, back to my original question I posed to myself many years ago, yes, I am nurse, and yes, I and you can do many things.

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The American Nurses Association (ANA), which represents the interests of the nation‘s 4 million registered nurses, extends a resounding congratulations to nurses for maintaining the #1 spot in Gallup’s annual honesty and ethics poll. The American public, for the 17th consecutive year, rated nurses the highest among a host of professionals, including police officers, high school teachers and pharmacists.
“Every day and across every health care setting, we are on the frontlines providing care to millions of people. Nurses’ contributions to health care delivery, public health challenges, natural disaster relief efforts, research, education, and much more, are unmatched and invaluable,” said ANA president Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “These results are a testament to nurses’ impact on our nation.”
According to the poll, 84 percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high.” The next closest profession, medical doctors, was rated 17 percentage points behind nursing. “As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses are leaders and change agents from the bedside to the boardroom,” said Cipriano. “This past June, nearly 300 nurses from 45 states conducted 277 scheduled visits with members of Congress and staff and were instrumental in the passage of critical legislation to help combat the opioid crisis. Nurses are a consistent and powerful voice in advocating for access to high quality, affordable health care for all. ANA empowers nurses to leverage their expertise and the diversity of the profession to influence changes that will best serve the needs of all people.”

OMRF is now accepting applications for its seventh annual Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class. Applications are due March 15.
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the program, which helps students gain a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector, develop hands-on leadership skills, learn about different types of giving and how they can best implement these skills in their communities.
Up to 45 students will be selected for the 2019-20 school year. The cost is free for students, and all expenses are covered by OMRF.
Students selected as teen leaders will learn the fundamentals of development, board structure, networking, fundraising and using social media. They will work collectively on a special event to cap off the program activities in the spring.
Group sessions will begin in September and continue throughout the 2019-20 school year. Students chosen for the program must demonstrate good academic standing and attend school in Oklahoma. For more information, visit

The 12th Annual Faith Community Nurses’ Association Conference title is “When Disaster Hits: The Role of the Faith Community.” The conference will educate the Faith Community Nurse and church leaders to organize and build capacity for the church to respond to local and regional disasters. Disaster is a “given” in Oklahoma. Faith Communities are affected directly and indirectly by these disasters. The message of Psalm 57, Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed, sets the stage for reflecting and mobilizing resources when disaster hits. This conference will provide resources, contacts and information needed to assist congregants during times of disaster and the opportunity for participants to network and to build relationships with nurses and health ministers interested in Faith Community Nursing.
Registration for the one-day FCNA OK Member $60 for payments received before 2/8/19. 2/9-2/22 $85; 2/22 and later $105. Non FCNA OK Member $90 for payments received before 2/8/19. 2/8-2/22 $120; 2/22 and later $135. Nursing students $60. Clergy $65 for payments received before 2/16/18. 2/9-2/22 $90; 2/22 and later $110. Refunds before 2/8/19 less $20 deposit. No refunds after February 8, 2019. FCNA OK is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course is approved for 8.25 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number LT0298-0316, KAR 60-7-107 (b)(3)(C).
For registration and brochure, see the FCNA website, downloads page: or register at and pay by or contact