Nursing Faculty Department Faculty and Staff

School of Professional Studies

Division of Nursing Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. Shelly Wells, Chair

Dr. Shelly WellsShelly Wells, Ph.D, MBA, MS, APRN-CNS, ANEF
Division of Nursing Chair
Professor of Nursing

  • Office Carter Hall Administration -Alva
  • Phone 580-327-8498
  • scwells@nwosu.edu
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D in Nursing - University of MO- Kansas City
  • MBA - University of MO- Kansas City
  • MS in Nursing - University of MO- Kansas City
  • BS in Nursing - Graceland College - Lamoni, IA

LICENSURE: 

  •  Registered Professional Nurse (RN) - Missouri
  •  Registered Nurse (RN) - Oklahoma
  •  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) - Oklahoma

 First came to NWOSU in the: July  of 2012

 TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • 30+ years of teaching experience in Nursing at BSN, MSN, and DNP/PhD levels as well as Staff Development in acute care facilities. 
  • ​20+ years of experience in Distance Education  including online teaching. Specialty areas include Adult Nursing, Leadership, Health Policy and Ethics, Health Care and Labor Economics, and Role Specialization. 

 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Health Policy and Health Care Workforce issues

 CAREER HIGHIGHTS:

  • Introducing hundreds of students to the rewarding profession of Nursing.
  • Receiving the Nightingale Award of Nursing Excellence from the Oklahoma Nurses Association
  • Induction as a Fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education
  • Governor's appointment to the Health Care Workforce Subcommittee of the Economic Development Council

Dr. Leslie Collins, Assistant Chair

Dr. Leslie CollinsLeslie Collins, DNP, MS, RN
Division of Nursing Assistant Chair
Assistant Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing- NWOSU 2008
  • Masters of Science with an emphasis in Nursing Education- The University of Oklahoma 2012
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice- Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit 2015

 

LICENSURE:

  • RN in the State of Oklahoma since 2008

First came to NWOSU in the Summer of 2010

 

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Introduction to Nursing Care and Skills
  • Skills laboratory for Adult Health I
  • Nursing Care of the Family
  • Research Utilization
  • Professional Issues in Nursing
  • Nursing Leadership-RN to BSN program
  • Research Utilization- RN to BSN program

 

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Incivility in Nursing and Nursing Education
  • Simulation in Nursing Education

 

CAREER HIGHIGHTS:

  • John Barton for Distinguished Teaching and Service award recipient- 2016
  • Northwestern Greatest Student Involvement Service Award- 2015
  • Served on the American Nurses Association Professional Panel- 2014-2015
  • Faculty Champion in Obstetrics from the University of Oklahoma- 2014

 

Dr. Cheryl Kent, Assistant Chair

Dr. Cheryl KentCheryl Kent, DNP, MS, RN, CNE
Division of Nursing Assistant Chair
Assistant Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION:

  • 2014: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Duquesne University
  • 2008: Masters of Science, Nursing Education, University of Oklahoma
  • 2000: Bachelor of Nursing, University of Oklahoma

LICENSURE:

  • Current RN, state of Oklahoma
  • Certified Nurse Educator
  • First came to NWOSU in the Fall of 2007

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Pathophysiology for Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Holistic Assessment
  • Med-Surg Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Team-based learning
  • Incorporating active learning and enhancing student engagement

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Janet Cordell, Endowed Chair

Dr. Pat Thompson, DNP Chair

Dr. Pat ThompsonPat Thompson, DNP, APRN-CNP, FNP-C
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director
Associate Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION:

  • St. Louis University: Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2013
  • Pittsburg State University: Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2007
  • University of Kansas: Master of Science in Nursing, 1989, Emphasis: Community Health Nursing
  • West Chester State College, West Chester, PA: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1976

LICENSURE:

  • RN and APRN Licenses: Oklahoma and Kansas
  • Certified as a Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified as a U.S. Dept. of Transportation Examiner for Commercial Driver’s License Physicals

First came to NWOSU in the fall of 2016

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

Developed and Taught:

  • Program Orientation
  • Advanced Pathophysiology

Developed:

  • NURS6132 Advanced Holistic Assessment
  • NURS6233 Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NURS6432 Role Development for the DNP
  • NURS6143 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Online Education
  • Primary Care of Clients Across the Lifespan
  • Healthcare Disparities

CAREER HIGHIGHTS:

  • Clinical experience in medical-surgical, psychiatric, emergency department, and cardiovascular intensive care, and hospice settings
  • Moved to Kansas in 1979 to set up and direct a health department and home health agency
  • Employed in associate degree nursing education, full- and part-time, 1983-2006; Director of the program 1998-2006. Served in state leadership roles for A.D.N. nurse educators
  • Began full-time career as a family nurse practitioner in 2007. Currently employed one day a week by a federally-qualified heath center (a federal safety net clinic)

Dr. Hazle Courtney Ballina

Courtney BallinaHazle Courtney Ballina, DNP, APRN-CNP, FNP-C
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program -Assistant Professor

 EDUCATION:

  • 2017  D.N.P., Samford University, Nursing Administration and Education Concentration
  • 2012  M.S.N., Metropolitan State University, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • 2004  B.S. in Nursing, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

Certificates

  • Family Nurse Practitioner- AANP exp. 2022
  • Coach Approach to Management- University of St. Thomas, 2016
  • Mini-MBA- University of St. Thomas, 2016
  • Mini-Masters of Project Management- University of St. Thomas, 2016

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS:

  • RN: Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin
  • APRN: Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin

TEACHING COMPETENCIES

  • Online course development

  • Clinical competency training

  • RN to NP transition to practice

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

Publications and Presentations

Interests

  • Operational efficiencies
  • patient engagement
  • standardization of clinical guidelines

Dr. Ramona Bartlow

Dr. Ramona BartlowRamona Bartlow, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Education:

  • BSN West Texas State University graduated 1979; MSN Phoenix University graduated 2011
  • DNP Duquesne University graduated 2015

Licensure:

  • RN 1979 to present

Teaching Experience:

  • First came to NWOSU as an adjunct August 2008
  • Became full-time January 2009

Dr. Mary Brune

Dr. Mary BruneMary Brune, Ed.D, MS, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor Of Nursing

EDUCATION:

  • 2014 EdD, Capella University
  • 2001 MS, University of Oklahoma
  • 1987 BSN, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

LICENSURE:

  • Licensed as a BSN RN in 1987, obtained Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) in 2007
  • First came to NWOSU in the Spring of 2001 as an adjunct
  • Began teaching full time in Fall 2001

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Adult Health I, II, III
  • Issues in Nursing
  • Clinical support in Maternal Health and Pediatrics

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Concept Mapping in the Classroom
  • Geriatric Champion with Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence
  • Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp guiding student interns

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Presented at Colorado's Nurse Educator Conference in the Rockies
  • Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp training in Psychological First Aid

Dr. Nikole Hicks

Nikole HicksNikole Hicks, PhD, RNC, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing

  • Office University Center 107, Ponca City
  • Phone 580-718-5600
  • nahicks@nwosu.edu
  • Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • 2014 PhD, University of Northern Colorado
  • 2002 MSN, University of Phoenix
  • 1989 BSN, University of Iowa

 LICENSURE:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) License in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Ohio

 

First came to NWOSU in the Fall of 2017

 

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Maternal-Child Nursing
  • Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Learning-Centered Teaching
  • Professorial Role in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Ethics and Law
  • Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Practice Issues and Trends

 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Test development and item writing
  • Active learning
  • Technology in nursing education
  • Online pedagogies
  • Program evaluation and accreditation

 CAREER HIGHIGHTS:

  • Certified Nurse Educator
  • Certified Inpatient Obstetrics RN
  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Served as Dean of Yancey School of Nursing, Kentucky Christian University, 2015-2017
  • Board of Directors, Kentucky League for Nursing, 2013-2017
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
  • Kentucky Nurses Association Ethics Committee Member
  • Kentucky Center for Nursing Member
  • Breakfast of Champions Honoree, University of Cincinnati, 2009
  • Kentucky Nurses Association Innovative Nurse Educator of the Year, 2005

 

Dr. Jennifer Mahieu

Dr. Jennifer MahieuJennifer Mahieu, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION:

  • 2015: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Duquesne University
  • 2004: Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix
  • 1996: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, NWOSU

LICENSURE:

  • 1996: Registered Nurse ~ Oklahoma

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Began my career as a nurse educator at NWOSU fall 1998 and have coordinated and/or taught many courses throughout the curriculum over these years.

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Student Success in Nursing

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Making a difference in nursing education
  • Becoming the Student Success Advisor at NWOSU
  • Joining the Oklahoma Board of Nursing NCLEX Pass Rate Task Force
  • Being inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
  • Induction to the Northwest Oklahoma Honor Society of Nursing
  • Joining The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Dr. Krista Tilley

Dr. Krista TilleyKrista Tilley, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

EDUCATION:

  • 2017  DNP- Nursing Administration with Educator concentration- Samford University
  • 2013  M.S. in Nursing Education, University of Oklahoma
  • 1997  Associate of Applied Sciences, Nursing
  • 1995  BS- Eastern Washington University  

LICENSURE:

  • Licensed: Registered Nurse, Oklahoma

TEACHING COMPETENCIES: 

  • Mental Health in Nursing
  • Nursing in the Community - BSN and RN-BSN courses.

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Nurse residency program Gap Analysis Compared to American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation Program
  • Mulit-Patient Medication Administration Simulation in Nursing Education.

CAREER HIGHIGHTS

  • Interprofessional collaboration- Social Work students and senior BSN nursing students in the Nursing in the Community course
  • Psychology students and Mental Health in Nursing senior nursing students.

 

Amanda Clepper

Amanda ClepperAmanda Clepper, MSN, RN
Instructor of Nursing

EDUCATION:

  • 2017 Currently pursuing DNP Educational Leadership, American Sentinel University
  • 2015 MSN Nurse Education, University of Oklahoma
  • 2013 BSN, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • 2004 LPN, Autry Technology Center

LICENSURE:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Certifications: BLS, ACLS, PALS

First came to NWOSU in the August of 2016

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Medical Surgical
  • Critical Care

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Simulation
  • Patient Safety
  • Medication Administration & Drug Calculation Competency
  • Student Engagement

CAREER HIGHIGHTS:

  • Outstanding Senior Award for BSN from NWOSU, 2013
  • Honor Graduate of Combat Medic Course for the ARMY National Guard, 2009

 

Jean Wahlgren

Jean WahlgrenJean Wahlgren, MSNE, RN
Ketterman Lab Coordinator

EDUCATION:

  • 2009: Master of Science in Nursing Education, Southern Nazarene University
  • 1973: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Nebraska

LICENSURE and CERTIFICATION:

  • Registered Nurse, State of Oklahoma, Active
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor, American Heart Association, December 2015, Active

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Ketterman Lab Coordinator, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Enid Campus, August 2015-Present
  • Full-time Sophomore Nursing Instructor, Northern Oklahoma College, Enid Campus, August 2008-July 2015
  • Adjunct Sophomore Nursing Instructor, Northern Oklahoma College, Enid Campus, September 2001-July 2008
  • RN Supervisor/MDS Coordinator/CNA Instructor, The Carmen Home, Carmen, OK 1995-2001

RESEARCH and SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Research November 2009 “Number of Simulations nursing Students Need to Progress One Level on the Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric”
  • Simulation conferences and webinars provide current insight for structuring activities and events in the Ketterman Lab.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, December 2009
  • Honor Society of Nursing, Southern Nazarene University, December 2009
  • Distinguished Achievement, Southern Nazarene University, December 2009
  • Distinguished Adjunct Faculty, Northern Oklahoma College, 2005
  • Appreciation for Dedicated and Devoted Service, The Carmen Home, 2001

Linda Banks

Linda BanksLinda Banks
Divison of Nursing Administrative Assistant

Angie Henson

Angie HensonAngie Henson
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program- Administrative Assistant

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