First Nursing Broncho Blueprint

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The Department of Nursing is featuring its first Broncho Blueprint class in Fall 2021. “Broncho Blueprint in the Office of Undergraduate Studies at UCO provides an early exposure, discipline-based learning experience that gives incoming UCO students professional and personal skills to advance in career readiness and transformative learning so they . . .  read more

Student Highlight- Jordan Gray

Jordan Gray has been serving as a tutor for the nursing department since January 2020. She states “during my time as a tutor I have enjoyed developing close relationships with the faculty and staff as well as making connections with students. My favorite part about my job is helping students achieve their goals and watching them grow as a student . . .  read more

Featured Faculty- Diane Gaston, MS, CCRN-K, RN

During my nursing career experience of over 40 years, I have worked in the hospital setting as a staff nurse, charge nurse, supervisor, manager, critical care educator, and house supervisor. In the academic setting, I have taught various classes and clinical practice at the associate and baccalaureate levels. I am a member of the national and local . . .  read more

Nursing Student Spotlight: Emily Riley Holmes

Emily graduates in December of 2020 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During her years in the nursing program she has been involved in the Student Nurses Association by being a part of the philanthropy team, as president elect, and now serving as president of the organization. After four years of involvement along with serving in various officer . . .  read more

Kathy Smith, Nursing Faculty Member, Earns DNP

Dr. Kathy Smith completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in August of 2019. She is currently in her eighth year as faculty in the Nursing Department at the University of Central Oklahoma and serves as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Fast Track in Nursing. Having graduated from UCO in 2006 with her nursing degree, Dr. Smith enjoys . . .  read more

Faculty Spotlight: Pam Rollins

Dr. Rollins currently serves as Professor, Assistant Chair, and Sarkeys Endowed Chair for the Department of Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma. Areas of interest include public health, leadership, complex adaptive systems, community engagement, social/emotional intelligence, and experiential learning. Having retired from the Oklahoma State . . .  read more

Cody Wilkerson, Nursing Graduate Student

Cody Wilkerson graduated from UCO with his bachelor’s in nursing in May 2017. During that time he served as a tutor for the department. He states “I developed a passion for pediatrics very early on in nursing school so I took a full time job on the Pediatric Surgical Unit at The Children’s Hospital after graduation and have worked there . . .  read more