Susan Dresser receives Educator Award.

At its annual conference in Florida recently, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) presented its Educator of the Year Award to Susan Dresser, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, director of the Adult-Gerontology CNS Program at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma.
The award recognizes an NACNS member for outstanding professional achievement as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) educator and acknowledges his/her commitment to excellence and innovation in preparing CNSs and implementing the NACNS Statement on CNS Practice and Education.
Dresser has been a member of NACNS since 2001. As an expert in cardiovascular nursing, she enthusiastically shares her clinical and professional knowledge to engage students in dialogues that will enrich students’ learning experience. Students say she has “a passion for advancing nursing practice that shows in everything she does.”
“It is my great honor to present the Educator of the Year Award to Susan Dresser,” said NACNS Immediate Past President Anne E. Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC. “She is an expert in cardiovascular nursing and an educator who enthusiastically shares her clinical and professional knowledge in order to engage students in dialogues that enrich their learning experience.”

Hospitals Helping Patients Quit (HHPQ), an initiative of the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) and program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), recently recognized nine hospital and clinic partners that have achieved notable benchmarks in reducing tobacco use in Oklahoma.
These leaders have made a critical commitment to their patients, employees, and communities to reduce Oklahoma’s leading cause of preventable death, tobacco use and related illness. The visionary hospitals and clinics recognized have implemented a permanent and standard best-practice protocol for identifying, counseling and referring individuals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (OTH) for coaching support and nicotine replacement therapy.
OHA celebrates these leaders for achieving notable benchmarks in clinical tobacco treatment: * AllianceHealth Ponca City – 350 Helpline Referrals * Duncan Regional Hospital – 700 Helpline Referrals * Integris Affiliated Clinics – 4200 Helpline Referrals * Integris Grove Hospital – 600 Helpline Referrals * Mercy Hospital Ada – 200 Helpline Referrals * Mercy Hospital Ardmore – 450 Helpline Referrals * Purcell Municipal Hospital – 180 Helpline Referrals * SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex South – 550 Helpline Referrals * Stillwater Medical Center – 300 Helpline Referrals
Through effective, health care provider-driven tobacco treatment services, HHPQ partner hospitals and clinics have referred more than 36,000 patients to the OTH resulting in an estimated 25,300 years of life saved and millions of dollars in reduced health care costs as well as personal spending on tobacco products.
The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) supports OHA’s Hospital Helping Patients Quit and the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. For more information on the HHPQ initiative, go to For information on the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, see

Devin Davis is continuing the family business at Heartland CPR which allows nurses to keep their skills certifications up to date.

Heartland CPR offers American Heart Association (AHA) certified BLS, ACLS, PALS as well as lay-rescuer training (known as Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid) in the state of Oklahoma. A small, woman-owned, family-operated local business that offers more than just certification training, but unparalleled service every step of the way, taking training to the customer throughout Oklahoma and welcoming individuals that don’t get training at their workplace to regularly scheduled classes at their OKC location.
By limiting class sizes and offering more class choices than anyone in the state, retaining instructors whose styles minimize anxiety while encouraging a genuine understanding of the material, an all-inclusive pricing structure, and taking every opportunity to exceed expectations, Heartland CPR engages participants with a fresh approach to training. It’s why the business has such a huge following of medical professionals and an unmatched return rate of repeat customers and referrals.
Flexibility and customer responsiveness have always been the cornerstone of Heartland CPR’s business model. One popular offering is the S.T.A.T. program, or “Sequentially Timed Accelerated Training” which offers discounts for customers that take multiple classes as well as stacked scheduling to best use precious time. Nurses and other medical professionals can renew the entire BLS, ACLS and PALS certification suite in a weekend or complete first-time 2-day ACLS or PALS along with pre-requisite BLS in a couple of days.
Heartland CPR was an early adopter of the new feedback manikin technology that becomes mandatory in all AHA classes in 2019; additionally they opted to begin issuing AHA near-immediate digital e-cards well ahead of the mandate to eliminate the issue of lost, destroyed or stolen cards and provide 24/7 access to training records for its customers. Customer requests led to the company expanding into AED equipment sales; a variety of quality AEDs from trusted manufacturers can be offered at pricing that can’t be touched even by online distributors.
Among the contracted instructors, Heartland CPR has former lifeguards, professors, a military veteran, four firefighters, two EMTs pursuing paramedic educations, four paramedics, two firefighter/paramedics, a Level III paramedic, two first responders to the OKC bombing, an EMS Sergeant, an EMS Chief, a “Dinosaur of EMS” with a 30+ year (and counting) career in EMS, and a combined total of AHA instruction experience of over half a decade!
A minimum class size of six participants applies to training at customer locations in the OKC metro area; other minimums apply to customer locations statewide. Don’t have 6? Join one of the public classes offered at Heartland CPR’s OKC location. Emergency & individual classes are available as well.
Continually leading the way while striving to be the single solution for life-saving skills training and equipment, you are invited to experience the Heartland CPR difference!

The Association of Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners announced that early registration is now open for the organization’s annual conference. The conference will take place Oct. 17-19 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa.
“After several years at the same venue, we wanted to give our members a new experience, and this makes the conference more accessible for those in the Tulsa area who couldn’t attend in the past,” said AONP President Margaret Rosales.
The annual AONP Conference has grown to host nearly 400 nurse practitioners from across the state. The conference will offer workshops and seminars on a range of health care topics, including hypertension, obesity, coding and reimbursement and legislative advocacy.
“This year’s sessions cover everything from keeping up with the latest advancements in medicine, to running a practice, to advocating for the profession in halls of the State Capitol,” Rosales said. “There will be sessions to benefit every nurse practitioner at every level of experience.”
Conference organizers are offering discounted registration rates for students and for AONP members. Early registration discounts continue through Sept. 30. Conference sessions will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for continuing education credits.
For more information or to register for the conference, go to

Cynthia A. Bradford, M.D.

Cynthia A. Bradford, M.D., Begins Term as 2017 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology


A Dean McGee Eye Institute physician is the newest president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons.
Cynthia A. Bradford, M.D., an ophthalmologist at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City began her term as the 121st president of the Academy on Jan. 1. She was elected by the Academy’s community of ophthalmologists in recognition of her longstanding commitment to quality patient care.
More than 90 percent of the nation’s ophthalmologists are members of the Academy. Its mission is to protect sight and empower lives by serving as an advocate for patients and the public, as well as to serve as a leader for ophthalmic education and for advancing the profession of ophthalmology.
Dr. Bradford has served the Academy in a variety of capacities though the years. Her work on behalf of her profession spans clinical education, advocacy, and patient care. As president, she will lead efforts to enhance the care ophthalmologists provide to patients with a focus on physician wellness initiatives.
“The practice of medicine is a rewarding, yet challenging career,” said Dr. Bradford. “The changing health care environment places tremendous administrative burdens on physicians. We need strategies to keep ophthalmologists and the broader medical community, happy, healthy and productive.”
Before serving as president-elect in 2016, Dr. Bradford was a member of the Academy Board of Trustees, serving as senior secretary for advocacy from 2009-14. Bradford served in a number of other leadership roles within Academy including as secretary for state affairs from 2004-08; and as a member of the Interspecialty Education Committee, the Basic and Clinical Science Committee and the Federal Health Manpower Task Force.
As a practicing ophthalmologist and surgeon at Dean McGee, Dr. Bradford’s clinical focus is cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery. She also is a professor of ophthalmology in the department of ophthalmology, at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Bradford earned her medical degree with high honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her ophthalmology training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit

What would you do with $1 million? Integris Southwest Medical Center – 9th floor


Probably give to charity, donate and then take care of my kids and then go to Greece. Terri Quinetero, RN

I’d give most of it to charity. I go to Africa each year as part of a mobile surgical unit. Maggie Jensen, RN

I would have to sit on it for a day or two then give a lot of family, kids, sister and the Nathan Shinn Foundation. Holly Hazelwood, RN

I’d pay off my house, my son’s house, give to charity and then go from there. Jane Brawner, RN

Thanks to the generous contributions of local residents and businesses and the work of 363 volunteers, the YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY’s Annual Campaign raised $1,358,387 this year to help the Y continue to help those in need to learn, grow and thrive. Gifts to the Y stay in the community, directly supporting services and programs that have a positive impact on residents in the metro area.
“Many people in Oklahoma City rely on the essential services and programs the Y offers,” said Mark McCubbin, campaign chair for the YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY. “An incredible combination of the Y’s members, staff, volunteers, partners and the community-at-large work together each year to raise these funds that make it possible to serve our community. Their support enables us to not only continue with the work we already do, but help expand our reach to more people in need.”
As a result of the campaign, the Y will be able to help more than 58,000 youth and teens, providing a wide range of activities to nurture potential, including sports leagues, family nights and community service projects. It will also provide hundreds of students the opportunity to attend the Y’s summer day camp and experience resident camp at YMCA CAMP CLASSEN in the Arbuckle Mountains. Financial gifts to the campaign also help fund the YMCA Military Welcome Center at Will Rogers World Airport and allow cancer survivors to enroll in LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a free 12-week program that provides health and wellness guidance for cancer survivors and their primary caregiver.
As one of the leading nonprofits for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y depends on financial gifts to do its vital work so that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has an opportunity to receive the support and guidance to learn, grow and thrive.
For 126 years, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City has been a cornerstone of the community, putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. In 2014, The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City provided $3,026,452 in financial assistance to individuals and families who would otherwise be unable to afford a Y membership or participate in Y programs. “As a non-profit organization, the Y relies on financial support of donors to help us keep our promise to never turn anyone away,” said Mike Grady, President and CEO of the YMCA OF GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY. “We believe that meaningful change in individuals and communities is possible with support from our community, and the financial gifts we receive will help enrich the well-being of people of all ages and all walks of life.”