Former nursing dean honored during Homecoming

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Former nursing dean honored during Homecoming

October 7, 2011

 Doris Ferguson
Doris Ferguson


Doris (Wagner) Ferguson, former dean of the Division of Nursing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, was honored during a reception Homecoming Saturday. Past alumni and nursing faculty attended the event to recognize Ferguson for her nursing career.

Ferguson was Northwestern’s dean of nursing from 1991-1996 and retired in 1996. She was named the Public Health Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Association in 1974 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

These two honors are some of the highest awards that can be received by a nurse.

In 1996, she was named the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year at Northwestern.

She received her BSN in Community Health Nursing from the University of Oregon and then her MS in Public Health from Simmons College and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. She is originally from Portland, Ore., but married a local farmer, Gerald Ferguson. She is a widow and currently resides in Pond Creek.

“She is a great supporter of the Northwestern nursing program and a Community Health Nursing Award is given in her honor every year at the nursing pinning ceremony,” said Dr. Carole McKenzie, Division of Nursing chair.