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Whitney Moseley, BSN, RN is the Immunization RN for the United States Public Health Service at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. LT Moseley is outstanding in her dedication to her work and her leadership.

by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer

Meet LT Whitney Moseley BSN, RN who is the nursing officer for the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and serves as the Immunization RN for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.
LT Moseley graduated from Oklahoma City University’s Accelerated Bachelors-to-BSN program in 2012. She is obliged to call OKCIC her work home for the past year now.
LT Moseley explained why she is a nurse and why she works as a nursing officer. “Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I utilized the local Indian Health Centers of which there were USPHS officers on staff that I sought after as role models, in addition to the healthcare nursing team at the local nursing home, where a large part of my family worked. I always wanted to do medical missions with a drive to serve the underserved; and throughout the path of my initial Bachelor’s in Spanish and International Business, I had every intention of joining the Peace Corps to fill the desire. In turn, due to the desire to also remain close to family, priorities shifted, and has resulted in me having the opportunity to have the best of both worlds while serving as a nurse for the USPHS and getting to remain local and close to my family while working for an excellent facility amongst a work family I’ve longer for, while also getting to serve the underserved in my every day and also standing ready to respond in those affected by both and national and manmade disasters.”
“Our vision is ‘to be the national model for the American Indian health care’ and our clinic has repeatedly been voted as one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Oklahoma’ and I love getting to serve amongst the best of the best within the welcoming environment of OKCIC,” LT Moseley said.
Asking LT Moseley what the favorite part of her job is. “My every day is a unique and rewarding experience and getting to serve as a nurse and do what I love while in uniform is beyond what I could have ever dreamt. The comradery amongst my fellow PHS officers and nursing family will forever be cherished. The sense of community and the lasting relationships that evolve at each location that I’ve served, including both my past and present duty stations and deployment homes, along with the continual opportunity to expand my skillset in both nursing and leadership affords me the opportunity to then be able to give back in the capacity of a mentor while continuing to be mentored myself,” she replied.
The fact that LT Moseley gets to serve under the direction of the Surgeon General and among her fellow cohorts and mentors continues to allow her to grow as not only an officer, but as a nurse, which too, allows her to best serve the population within Indian Country that she has the pleasure of serving on a daily basis, while also standing ready to answer to the call if the need arises.
What motivates you? “I am motivated by the desire to serve my communities, which include those within my personal and professional life. I have always been driven by the desire to ensure the comfort of those around me and to be the advocate and voice for those that wouldn’t always otherwise be heard,” LT Moseley replied.
LT Moseley is married to her ever-loving and supportive husband, Seth. They will be celebrating 10 years of marriage in September. “We have a 6-month-old son and blessed gift, Oliver. My hobbies include traveling and spending time with family and close friends,” she said.
What would it be like to not have a pet? LT Moseley doesn’t want to find out. “We have 3 pups, Izzy, our matriarch, an 11-year-old cocker spaniel and we have two other pups, Max, a boxer and Jingles, a chihuahua, that adopted us along the way,” LT Moseley said.
Asking LT Moseley to describe her life. “I am honestly overwhelmed and so humbled by the overabundance of love and support that I have in my life, not only from my family, friends and loved ones, but from my work and PHS family as well. I continue to pray for direction, and am forever grateful for the endless opportunities that continue to surface,” she replied.
What two words would LT Moseley use to describe herself? “That would be, “DEDICATED AND PERSISTENT,” she said with a smile.

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APRN-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner enjoys working with the children at the Pediatric Asthma Clinic, along with Dr. Janice Hixson, MD, Pediatric Director.

by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

We are here to understand the impact of pediatric asthma on the health of the Native American population. -Dr. Janice Hixson, MD Pediatric Director, John Dimmer, APRN-PNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-
Meet John Dimmer, APRN-PNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner where you will find him working at the OKCIC Asthma Pediatric Clinic. With an outgoing personality and a contagious smile and laugh, it is easy to see why he is the perfect person to work in a Pediatric clinic, caring for children ages birth through seventeen years old.
Asking John why he wanted to become a nurse, caring for children in the Oklahoma Indian Clinic, he said, “My main concern is to make sure the children are taken care of. Asthma affects 14% of Native Americans within the state of Oklahoma. My goal is to help children get healthy. I am here to make sure every child is taken care of, meeting their every health care need,” John replied. “Here at the clinic, parents never need to worry about the cost of tests or medication,” he added.
“Kids are such a joy to work with. Besides that, taking care of the kids help me stay young,” he said with a laugh. There is nothing like examining one of the toddlers and looking for monkeys and birds in their ears.” He laughed. “You have to keep it light and joke around; kids love it. It makes them happy and makes them giggle. Every child loves to come here as much as I love seeing them. Plus, the nurses here are wonderful! I couldn’t ask for anything better. Here, we will run several tests on the child to see if they have asthma. If they do, we show the parents and the child the correct way to use an inhaler and we will prescribe what is needed and continue with virtual follow up visits,” John said. “Children are seen 5 days a week, but we have a special day for the asthma clinic. We have the latest equipment; we get their vitals, biopsies if needed, and spirometry is done. We also help the children with obesity, exercise and depression.”
Growing up in Choctaw, OK, John went to Saint Gregory’s, receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Biology. Then, onto Stony Brook University in New York for his Masters, and Oklahoma City University where he received his nursing degree. John has been a nurse for fourteen years now and has been at the clinic for nine years.
What is your favorite part of your job? “I love kids! I like seeing the kids and teaching them the basic steps to taking care of themselves. There are all sorts of programs that the children can get involved in too. I also work with the kids when it comes to different opportunities. We offer martial arts for health and obesity. Through that, I see the kids developing self-esteem and confidence. They get plenty of exercise and become physically healthy.”
What qualities make a good nurse? “I think a nurse needs to look beyond the inner circle and be there to help in any situation. They should be caring, never putting anyone down, no matter what the circumstances are,” John replied.
John was happy to announce that the Pediatric Asthma Clinic was given a $15,000 grant funding through Blue Cross Blue Shield. This will allow Healthpic Data software installation, along with continuous process improvement for clinic flow and documentation templates.
On a personal note, John is married to his wonderful wife, Jennifer who is a pulmonary nurse at Children’s Hospital. They have three daughters, Jordan, 13, Taylor, 10 and Reese, 7. John likes spending time with his family and being outdoors. “I like hiking, boating, and I love fishing with my daughters.” If not busy enough, John is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Grand Master Hans in Martial Arts. John and Jennifer go to True Grit Fitness in Edmond, OK every morning to exercise and stay healthy, plus setting an example to their children. “It is such a great feeling knowing that you are healthy. Exercise is good for depression and anxiety too.”
Asking John what motivated him. He replied, “My motivation comes in multiple parts, I am motivated spiritually; I want to be a better person, and I am motivated by my wife and kids; trying to do the best I can for them, and I am motivated by my friends and fellow-workers,” he said.
Summing up John’s life in one word? BLESSED

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Shelly Wells, PhD, MBA, APRN-CNS, ANEF, Division Chair and Professor at the school.

There’s something special going on with the future of rural healthcare in Oklahoma and it’s taking place at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Shelly Wells, PhD, MBA, APRN-CNS, ANEF is the Division Chair and a Professor at the school. A big smile covers her face when she describes how the Alva university is educating nurses to provide healthcare to rural Oklahomans for generations to come.
“We want to keep them out in the high-need areas so our curriculum includes education on rural nursing and that sets us apart from other programs in the state,” Wells said. “At this time, we are the only public university in Oklahoma that offers a BSN to DNP.”
Northwestern features three different options to advance your nursing education.
The traditional BSN program is offered at four different sites. Students who have earned their LPN may be admitted with advanced standing into the traditional program.
“We have provided access throughout four different sites throughout rural northwestern Oklahoma so that the students don’t have to travel to a main campus to receive their education. They can receive much of it near their home areas.”
An online RN-to-BSN program is available with no traditional clinical hour requirements that may be completed in 12 months. This program is designed for working RNs to complete their BSN.
A hybrid BSN-to-DNP program allows students to pursue their family nurse practitioner licensure without needing to obtain a Master’s degree first. Coursework is offered online with practicums close to the student’s home setting.
“We anticipated admitting six students the first cohort and 10 the second and we have admitted 25 so far in each cohort and it’s become a competitive entry process,” Wells said of the growing program.
A Nightingale Award of Nursing Excellence recipient from the Oklahoma Nurses Association, Wells takes pride in the program’s low faculty-to-student ratio and the relationships the faculty have forged at healthcare facilities across northwestern Oklahoma.
Allowing students to learn in their communities creates a natural draw for students.
“That’s the plan,” Wells said. “We have students completing clinical rotations in those four sites with the thought and hope they will stay in those sites to serve their home communities.”
The NWOSU Nursing program is nationally recognized for its accessibility, affordability, and program outcomes.
The BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN).
The BSN-to-DNP program for Family Nurse Practitioners has received provisional approval from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and has applied for national accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Education (CCNE) with a site visit scheduled in November 2019
The yearly application process for the traditional BSN program begins each October. The Online RN-to-BSN program enrolls students year-round and the annual application cycle for the BSN-to-DNP program opens every January.
With more than 30 years of teaching experience in nursing, Wells has closely followed the national trend calling for more BSN-prepared nurses.
“All the hospitals we have talked to in Oklahoma prefer to hire BSN-prepared nurses and they are encouraging their staff to go back and complete their BSN,” Wells said. “We’re seeing those numbers increase.”
A BSN provides the foundation of study that can serve as a basis for pursuing advanced education in nursing.
And Northwestern provides options to do that close to home.

https://www.nwosu.edu/

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Anna Cannington and Dustin Rippetoe are out of the hospital and on the road to recovery after a successful kidney donation.

A Mississippi woman decided to donate one of her kidneys to an Oklahoma man – she had never even met. The successful kidney transplant took place on Monday, June 24, at the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Anna Cannington learned Dustin Rippetoe, of Tulsa, Okla., needed a kidney through a strength training community called StrongFirst, of which Cannington and Rippetoe are both members. The StrongFirst community rallied around Rippetoe by creating a GoFundMe campaign and a Facebook support page.

Dustin’s Problem
Dustin Rippetoe, 43, is a father and husband. In 2007, he was diagnosed with Berger’s disease, a condition that occurs when an antibody known as immunoglobulin A builds up inside a person’s kidneys. This can cause inflammation that, over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood. This is what happened to Rippetoe and why he was eventually put on the kidney transplant list.

Anna’s Solution
Anna Cannington had seen a news story in Mississippi about a woman there who had donated a kidney to a complete stranger. She was deeply moved by this person’s selfless generosity, and felt compelled to do the same. “I had the resources, I had the health and I had the time,” says Cannington. “I think a lot of people would do this if they could. I think the willingness is there, I just think there are a lot of obstacles in the way for many people. I didn’t have those obstacles, so I was happy to do what I could to help a fellow human being.”
Cannington contacted Rippetoe’s support group in January this year. She flew to Oklahoma in April for testing and only then, did the two actually meet face to face. “Telling her ‘thank you’ just doesn’t cover it, I mean there are no words to describe how grateful I am to her,” admits Rippetoe. “I’m jealous of her clarity to be able to do that for someone. There needs to be more Annas in this world.” Rippetoe and Cannington don’t like to use the term “strangers” when telling their story. They say they felt an instant connection with one another, and know that theirs will be a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

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Sabrinam Wyatt, M.D.
Heather Jones, M.D.

OU Medicine announced today the addition of gynecology services at clinics in Edmond and Midwest City.
Gynecologists are now seeing patients for well-woman exams, prenatal/postnatal and general gynecologic care at OU Physicians Edmond at Fountain Lake and OU Physicians Mid-Del Family Medicine.

Gwendolyn Neel, M.D

Heather Jones, M.D., and Gwendolyn Neel, M.D., are seeing patients at the Edmond clinic and Sabrina Wyatt, M.D., and Kathryn Lindsay, M.D., are seeing patients at the Midwest City clinic. All four providers will continue to see patients at their clinic on the Oklahoma Health Center campus.
“We are excited to be able to provide services at these great community clinics,” Wyatt said. “Patients in these areas will have the convenience of seeing a provider in their home town, yet still have access to the specialty care providers and services at our main campus in Oklahoma City.”

Kathryn Lindsay, M.D.

OU Physicians Edmond at Fountain Lake is located at 14101 N. Eastern. OU Physicians Mid-Del Family Medicine is located at 1212 S. Douglas Blvd. For appointments at either of these clinics, call (405) 271-9494.

Sabrinam Wyatt, M.D.

OU Medicine — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Medicine is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Medicine serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Medicine’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research.

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Norman resident Larry Wrede didn’t know he had any problems with his heart, but when he felt his heart rate dramatically increase one evening, he knew he should see his doctor.
That visit ultimately led to his participation in an innovative research study to treat atrial fibrillation at OU Medicine.
Cardiologist Stavros Stavrakis, M.D., Ph.D., driven to improve the quality of life for patients like Wrede, was the lead author for the TREAT AF trial, which showed remarkable results for a novel way to treat the condition. The study tested a non-invasive treatment to regulate the abnormal heart rhythm of atrial fibrillation: stimulation of a nerve through a clip on the patient’s ear.
The brain controls the function of the heart by sending communications through the vagus nerve. As the largest nerve in the body, the vagus begins in the brain and travels down the neck, to the heart, and down into the stomach and intestines. But it can be stimulated on the ear. Stavrakis’ hypothesis was that an electrical stimulation on the vagus nerve could suppress atrial fibrillation. His trial was the first to study the treatment in humans.
“We found a way to non-invasively stimulate the nerve from the ear to suppress atrial fibrillation,” he said. “We’re essentially regulating the influence of the brain to the heart.”
In the study, 53 patients at OU Medicine were randomized into two groups – one receiving the actual treatment, the other receiving a sham treatment. The study was double-blinded, meaning neither the study participants nor the investigators knew which treatment was the real one. Participants receiving the real treatment were given a small device with an ear clip that they placed on the tragus – the piece of cartilage just above the ear lobe on the facial side. The device delivered a low-level electrical stimulation. Patients were asked to adjust the stimulation until they felt a mild discomfort, then decrease it a bit so it was tolerable. More than 75 percent of participants followed the daily requirements of the study, a rate similar to adherence in medication studies.
In the study, patients used the device on their own for one hour each day for six months, and they wore monitors that measured their heart rhythm. At the end of six months, the patients receiving the treatment had an 85 percent decrease in the amount of atrial fibrillation as compared to those who didn’t receive the treatment. For Stavrakis, who has worked for 10 years to bring his research to a clinical trial for humans, the news was exciting.
“We were expecting some effect from the stimulation, but this was a great effect,” he said. “The beauty of this is that it’s a low-cost, low-risk intervention.”
Notably, the stimulation had a carryover effect – atrial fibrillation was suppressed for 24 hours even though the stimulation was applied for one hour daily. That’s good news, Stavrakis said, because it means patients would not have to use the device all the time.
Even though he didn’t know whether he was using the real or sham stimulation, Wrede suspected his was the real one. His resting heart rate, which had been surging as high as 165 beats per minute, began dropping and never climbed that high again, nor as frequently. He easily worked the process into his daily routine: Every morning as he drank his coffee and read the day’s news, he did the stimulation. Participating in the study made him intrigued about the potential of stimulation as a treatment.
“It was exciting to be a part of such a cutting-edge study,” he said.
Stavrakis presented the findings of his study earlier this month to the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society, the largest arrhythmia-related meeting in the world. The study is important because the global burden of atrial fibrillation is significant. The condition affects more than 33.5 million people around the world, a number that is expected to grow to 50 million in the next 20 years because of obesity and an aging population, Stavrakis said.
People with atrial fibrillation often experience shortness of breath, weakness, lightheadedness and fatigue. Stavrakis aims to improve his patients’ quality of life by reducing those symptoms and potentially decreasing the likelihood of more serious heart problems.
Because this was a small, single-center study, the next steps are to test the treatment in more patients at multiple sites across the country. Stavrakis also plans to conduct research to identify which patients would benefit the most from vagus nerve stimulation, using EKG, echocardiogram or blood draws to potentially identify a marker. In addition, he will further investigate another finding of the trial: Patients receiving the treatment also showed decreased inflammation in their blood. Because inflammation is known to play a role in many other diseases, that discovery warrants further investigation, he said.
Because he is both a physician and a researcher, Stavrakis was especially gratified by the study outcomes because his years of hard work are paying off in ways that can help his patients.
“This is one of the most exciting parts of my work because something we’ve been doing in the laboratory can now be taken to patients,” he said.
The TREAT AF trial was funded by the American Heart Association and the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Robin Reinart, LPN has worked in Labor and Delivery, Joyful Beginnings at SSM St. Anthony’s Hospital where she has worked for the last sixteen years. Robin’s love for others shines through with each precious miracle; the birth of a baby.

by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer

St. Anthony’s Hospital… It’s been around for over 85 years of exceptional advancing superior health care and is still running strong. On the second floor of the hospital, you will find the wonder of tiny miracles. This is Joyful Beginnings, Labor and Delivery unit. It takes a special person to take care of these mothers-to-be and their precious bundles of joys. Here, you will find excellent doctors, nurses and staff. One particular individual that you will find is Robin Reinart, LPN, charge nurse for sixteen years with a new promotion of Nurse Manager. A very pleasant individual and thankful that she can work with the moms-to-be and their dear cargo! “I get to be a part of something that the mother will remember for the rest of her life. There is nothing like being in the delivery room and helping with the process of birth,” she said. “It’s truly amazing and I feel like this is where I want to be. I love my job,” she said.
SSM St. Anthony’s hospital, Joyful Beginnings is a fourteen bed birthing center. There are 56 nurses and there is a lot of one-on-one time between the mothers and their babies. With 1,100 1,200 babies born each year at St. Anthony’s hospital, a triage and two delivery rooms, Joyful Beginning is such a blessing to parents.
Born and raised in Clinton, OK, Robin attended nursing school at Southwestern State University in Weatherford, OK. When Robin was little, she didn’t even think of being a nurse. “I just knew I would grow up and be an accountant, a neurosurgeon, or an anesthesiologist. At one point, I wanted to be a teacher but it was only because I wanted to write on a chalkboard,” she said with a laugh. “Wanting to be a nurse just kind of happened when I graduated high school. When I went through clinicals and rotations, it was then that I knew that I wanted to work in Labor and Delivery. It was something about being present and making that experiences a great experience for the mother,” Robin added.
What qualities do you think make a good nurse particularly for labor and delivery? “I think a nurse in labor and delivery definitely need empathy, assertiveness, compassion and a love for family,” Robin replied.
If Robin were to give advice to someone going into the medical field, she would tell them, “To go for it. Nursing is a great field to be in; there are so many fields to enter and so many opportunities and avenues where you can go. I would tell them to find your niche and make that your home. Whatever you choose to do, you are obtaining experience for years to come. You will continue to grow as a nurse,” Robin said.
What is your favorite thing about your job? “That would be the fact that I am able to impact a family and make that as special as it can be. All of the nurses work as a team; this is the best team ever. It is truly like our own little family. We back each other up and help each other out,” Robin replied.
Robin’s biggest asset at work is being very assertive. “I’m not afraid to speak up if something is not done the way it should be. I believe in doing something the right way to begin with,” she replied.
On a personal note, Robin enjoys spending time with her son, Jax who will be four years old in October. “A lot of my time is spent playing trucks, dinosaurs or anything involving mud. Do you know how much mud a toddler can get into? Also, I like to read, bake and sing. I just like to sing for myself and Jax,” Robin said. “I do sing pretty well,” she added.
When I asked Robin to describe herself, she said, “I am outgoing and I expect a lot from others but I also expect a lot from myself. I am an optimistic realist and a leader. I am a goal setter and go after it as much as I can. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and that is because I am afraid of failure. I just want to always be a good team player. I love my job a nurse here at SSM St. Anthony’s hospital and can’t see doing anything else.”
What is one word to describe Robin’s life? “That would be, UNPREDICTABLE,” she said with a big smile.

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James Foreman, LPN works at The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, staying positive as he spreads his encouraging words to all those around him.

PASSION IN NURSING
SPREADING ENCOURAGING WORDS: OKC INDIAN CLINIC

by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

Here at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, you will find excellent nurses. One individual nurse, James Foreman, LPN, is well known by co-workers and patients due to his friendly, outgoing personality and his love and respect for others.
Growing up in Ardmore, OK, James attended Southern Oklahoma Technology Center and has been a nurse for eight years. Fresh out of school, he got a job at a private practice in Chickasaw, OK, where he got plenty of skills and training.
Asking James why he chose to work at The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, he replied, “I am Chickasaw and I want to give back to the native population. It’s different from private practice; here, the patient is in need of care and they don’t have insurance. I think I am a great fit here. I love working with people. This is a target population and I have seen it grow so much in the last five years. I see the progress of moving forward and not backwards.”
James never thought about working in the medical field. “At the time, my wife, Amy, was a nurse at Integris. I was working at Circuit City until they went out of business. Amy influenced me to go to nursing school. I love my job and I love taking care of others. Of course, with my wife and me both nurses, it’s kind of hard to take care of the other one. I’m sure you have heard how nurse make the worst patients? I think it is true, “James replied.
What is your favorite part of your job as a nurse? “When the patient comes in, they are relying on someone to care for them. When they leave, they are in a better spot. It is nice to know that I have made a difference in someone’s life,” James said.
Asking James what qualities make a good nurse, he answered, “I think any nurse needs to have self-respect for themselves and have love that comes from within. It makes you want to give so much love to the world.” he answered with a smile.
James admitted that he has a hidden talent that he really enjoys. “I am a bit of a comedian and I like to make people laugh!” he said. I put a little love and funniness into my life. I also have a way of encouraging people. A smile can change a person. Even though I am a very simple person, I have plenty of love to give. Sometimes, we look too far ahead and that is when we miss out on the simple things in life. If we look too far out, we forget the simple things and what we have already.”
James enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy and his 19-year old son, James Foreman IV. We love to travel. I also love airplanes. Not the ‘flying’ but I love the roar of the plane and the smell of jet fuel. To me, a plane screams honor, discipline and the military serving our country. I go to a lot of airshows and they all come alive with freedom,” he said.
James encouraging words and sense of humor are his biggest assets. “I just have so much love and compassion to give to others,” he said. “I just want people to know that they will always have a friend in me and I will always support them in any way that I can.”
“What motivates me? Just the fact that I get to wake up each morning and the Lord has given me another chance at life. I will put my efforts towards something great; that doesn’t mean I have to move mountains, it’s just a simple smile or a hello to someone that makes a difference. It’s a pat on the back and a good job. Courtesy goes a long way.”
“Someday, I would like to be a motivational speaker, maybe a comedian; maybe, a humorous motivational speaker,” he said with a smile. “My other goals? I always say, “I want to live to be eighty years old, sitting under a shade tree, smoking my pipe.”
Summing up his life in one word, James had a quick reply, “BEAUTIFUL,” he said. “Last but not least, I want to thank all of the nurses, providers and staff here at The Indian Clinic that supports me in every way. All of you play a big part in my life and I appreciate each one of you in more ways than you know.”

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Professional Advancement with Competitive Price, Substantial Scholarships, and Student Support

Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing (KSN) has announced exciting opportunities to help you become a nurse or advance your nursing skills.
RN-BSN: Competitive Price, Complete in Two Semesters
KSN offers an outstanding RN-BSN program in which RNs can complete their BSN in just two semesters, and for the lowest cost of any degree program the university offers. Classes meet one day per week for four hours. No course prerequisites, nursing exams, care plans, or clinical hours are required. Denise Burton, chair of the RN-BSN program, has particularly reached out to those who attended schools which did not have nursing accreditation, stating “We accept students’ RN licenses regardless of whether they graduated from an accredited institution or not.” Burton further noted that many of our students go on to earn advanced degrees. RN-BSN classes meet at the OKCU campus, at Mercy Hospital OKC, and at Norman Regional Hospital.
BSN and MSN: Nearly $500,000 in Scholarships for New Students
KSN recently received a gift creating “The Kramer Way” scholarship which will provide $400,000 for ten new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students and $90,000 for six new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students over a two-year period starting in fall 2019. The scholarship is named for the school’s commitment to its core values of caring, kindness, and respect.
In addition to helping students earn their first degree, the school’s BSN program also allows those who have a degree in another field to earn a BSN in just 18 months. “The scholarship is critical because many candidates exhaust their financial assistance while earning their first degree but this will allow them the financial ability to become a nurse,” said Dr. Lois Salmeron, dean of the Kramer School of Nursing.
Salmeron also indicated that few scholarships are available for graduate study, further making this opportunity unique. The school’s MSN program offers tracks in nursing education or leadership and features distance learning as well as a low-residency model which enables nurses living in communities outside of Oklahoma City to successfully complete their degree.
DNP: Student Support Eases Clinical Placement for FNP and AGACNP Students
KSN offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with two tracks, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), which can be completed with part-time study over four years. The school also offers certificate programs in each track. Additionally, the school has added a clinical liaison who manages clinical placement for the students.
Dr. Gina Crawford, chair of DNP programs, noted that while online schools have proliferated in recent years, attending a classroom environment allows students to experience individual interaction, hands-on skills workshops, and greater support from classmates, faculty, and staff. “The faculty get to know students’ strengths and weaknesses, and can evaluate their competency. Those in the AGACNP program are well prepared for management of acute, critical, and emergency care; while those in the FNP program are ready for primary care.”
Gabrielle Stuehm, a current FNP student added that “the OKCU Kramer School of Nursing FNP program has been such a wonderful experience for me. I believe that having weekly hands-on experience in class has put me at a great advantage in my post graduate education. The faculty has always been available to me when I need further understanding; additionally, the faculty wants us to succeed and do well in the FNP program. I am so grateful that I have been able to continue my education at OKCU.”
Information Available
Information about Kramer School of Nursing academic programs, continuing education events, and campus facilities can be found by visiting www.okcu.edu/nursing or calling (405) 208-5900.

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