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
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Chair
Professor of Nursing

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/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
Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing Assistant Chair
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

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/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. Hazle Courtney Ballina, DNP Chair

Hazle Courtney Ballina, DNP, APRN-CNP, FNP-C   Courtney Ballina
Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice Program Director
Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

 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/SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

Publications and Presentations

Interests

  • Operational efficiencies
  • Patient engagement
  • Standardization of clinical guidelines

Career Highlights

  • Received the Unsung Hero award from the Convenience Care Association
  • Participates in a variety of both professional and community volunteer boards
  • Opened a clinic in her home town of New Richmond, WI to serve uninsured and underinsured in the area

KeEra Byrd

KeEra BusseKeEra Byrd, MSN, RN
Instructor of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • Currently pursuing DNP, Walden University 
  • 2018 MSN in Nursing Education, West Governors University 
  • 2015 BSN, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX

LICENSURE:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) - Oklahoma
  • Certifications: BLS, ACLS, CALS

First Came to NWOSU in August 2020

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Medical Surgical
  • Women's Health

RESEARCH/SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Student Engagement
  • Simulation in Nursing Education
  • Recruitment and Retention

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, 2015

Dr. Amanda Clepper

Amanda ClepperAmanda Clepper, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • 2021  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/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

 

Dr. Tamika Dowling

Tamika Dowling, DNP, FNP-c, PCCNTamika Dowling
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • 2018 DNP, South University
  • 2016 MSN FNP,  South University
  • 2008 BSN, Norfolk State University
  • 2001 B.S. Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University

Licensure:

  • Nurse Practitioner – Licensed – Florida, Oklahoma, California and Minnesota

Teaching Competencies:

  • Traditional and Online (Synchronous and Asynchronous). Taught on all levels.

Research/Scholarly Interest:

  • Trichomonas Vaginalis Scholarly DNP Project 2018
  • Women’s Health
  • Storytelling as Nursing Pedagogy

Career Highlights

  • CEU Development. Mentorship. Community Service

Denise Floyd

Denise FloydDenise Floyd, MSN
Instructor of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • 2018  MSN, Grand Canyon University
  • 2015  BSN, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

LICENSURE:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) – Oklahoma

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Adult Health III
  • Critical Care Nursing

RESEARCH/SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Methods of Early Mobilization in the Critical Care Patient
  • Use of technology to Provide Education and Care to Rural Communities

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Critical Care bedside nursing at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • Critical Care Director at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • Service Excellence award 
  • Member of PICC line team
  • Member of Open Heart Recovery Team

Dr. Yvette Lowery

Yvette Lowery, DNPYvette Lowery, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • 2015: Doctor of Nursing Practice, South University
  • 2004: Master of Science in Nursing, Jacksonville University
  • 1996: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Norfolk State University

Certificates:

  • (AANP) Family Nurse Practitioner exp. 2025
  • AACN: Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse exp 2022
  • ENA: Certified Emergency Nurse exp 2022

LICENSURE:

  • RN: Florida, California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts
  • APRN: Florida, California, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Oklahoma, Louisiana

TEACHING AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Experience with undergraduate nursing students, graduate nursing students for masters traditional tracks and students pursing doctoral studies.

  • DNP studies and mentoring
  • RN to NP transition to practice
  • Online course development
  • Community project management

RESEARCH/SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

Publications:

https://biogenericpublishers.com/pdf/JBGSR.MS.ID.00036.pdf

https://biogenericpublishers.com/

Blog Posts

https://minoritynurse.com/the-minority-nurse-faculty-shortage/

https://minoritynurse.com/a-plea-to-all-organizations-colleges-universities-and-schools-of-nursing/

Textbook Reviews:

Reviewer For Emergency Nurses Association (ENA): (January, 2016)

Emergency Nursing Core Curriculum Textbook Reviewer (7th Ed.):

Chapters 18:  (Genitourinary Emergencies)

Chapter 23:  (Obstetric and Gynecological Emergencies)

ENA:  Sheehy’s Emergency Nursing, Sixth Edition  Full Textbook Review (May 2016)

Introduction to Health Behavior Theory, Second Edition by Hayden (8/2016)

Kendig: Women’s Health in Primary Care, 1e! (10/2017)

Dains: Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 6th ed. (January 2018)

Fenstermacher: Practice Guidelines for Family Nurse Practitioners, 5e/Manuscript Review (4/2018)

ENA: Sheehy’s Manual of Emergency Care 7e (2/2019)

AACN: Core Curriculum for High Acuity, Progressive and Critical Care Nursing 7e (5/2019)

4/2021: Richardson. (2021). Emergency nursing: A comprehensive curriculum for advanced practice providers. Elsevier.

4/2021 Zaccagnini, M and Pechacek, J. (2021).The doctor of nursing practice essentials: A new model for advanced practice nursing (4th ed.). Jones and Bartlett Learning

1/2022: Richardson. (2021). Emergency nursing: A comprehensive curriculum for advanced practice providers. Elsevier.

Peer Review Publication:

Huge Cervico-Thoracic Thymoma Associated with Liver Metastasis : A Rare Case Report.”- (August 2020)

Analysis of Breast Milk for Vertical Transmission of COVID-19: A Case Report.” (August 2020)

Research/ Scholarly Interests:

  • 4/2021 Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated South East Regional Conference (Virtual) Presentation: Increasing Minority Nursing Faculty
  • 3/2021: Sigma Theta Tau Partner in Quality Matters Conference Poster Title: DNP Committee Member Selection
  • 2/2021: 4th Annual Toxicology Education Day (OU Medicine Conference) (virtual) Presentation: Bites and Stings
  • Minority Faculty Shortage (abstract selected). Transcultural Nursing Society October 2020 (Selected July 2020).
  • The Misuse of Pap smear Alone for Cervical Cancer Screening Sigma Theta Tau Regional Virtual Conference (May 2020).
  • LOOM Technology Accepted by WASC Conference (conference cancelled due to COVID 19 (April 2020)
  • Minority Faculty Shortage (abstract selected).World Nursing Conference 2020 (May 2020).
  • REACH “RN’s Educating at Churches”, Grapevine,Texas, National Student Nurses Conference 2008.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2021 NONPH Diversity Committee Member
  • 2021 Co-Chair for Research Committee DOC’s (DNP’s of Color)
  • 2020 Peer Evaluate for ACEN
  • 2020 Associate Editor for Glowing Lamp Publication for Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.
  • 2020 Scholarship Chair for Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.
  • 2019-2020 Nomination for Career Success Stars :The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (CTE)

Dr. Jennifer Mahieu

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

Curriculum Vitae

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/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

Heidi Ritchie

Heidi RitchieHeidi Ritchie, MS, RN
Instructor of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

  • MS with Emphasis in Nursing Education - University of Northern Colorado, 2003
  • BSN –Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1998
  • Diploma in Nursing – Bryan Memorial Hospital, 1996

LICENSURE:

  • Registered Nurse (RN) – Oklahoma
  • BLS & ACLS Current
  • Maintains a clinical practice as a RN in Cardiac Rehab

TEACHING COMPETENCIES:

  • Returned to teaching Full-Time at NWOSU Fall 2018
  • Adult Health I, II, III
  • Pathophysiology
  • Dysrhythmias

RESEARCH/SCHOLARLY INTERESTS:

  • Use of Technology in the Classroom
  • Cardiac Nursing
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring of New Nurses and Faculty

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Outstanding Faculty- Enid Campus – Northwestern Oklahoma State University 2007-08
  • Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence- University of Northern Colorado 2003
  • Phyllis Drennan Award for Outstanding Graduate Student:  Nursing Education – University of Northern Colorado 2003 

Dr. Pat Thompson

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

Curriculum Vitae

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
  • Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Role Development for the DNP
  • Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Theory for Evidence-Based Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Primary Care of Families- Adult, Didactic and Practicum
  • Primary Care of Families- Pediatrics, Didactic and Practicum
  • Primary Care of of Families- Women, Didactic and Practicum
  • DNP Project, Parts 1 and 2

Developed:

  • NURS6132 Advanced Holistic Assessment
  • Gerontology in Primary Care, Didactic and Practicum
  • DNP Project, Parts 3 and 4
  • DNP Practicum in Family Nursing

RESEARCH/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)

Jean Wahlgren

Jean WahlgrenJean Wahlgren, MSNE, RN
Ketterman Lab Coordinator

Curriculum Vitae

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/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

Pam Hess

Pam HessPam Hess
Charles Morton Share Trust Divison of Nursing Administrative Assistant

EDUCATION:

  • Associate of Arts Degree-Dodge City Community College

HOBBIES:

  • Attending athletic events
  • Entertaining family
  • Going to movies 

FAMILY:

  • Husband - Tony Hess
  • Sons - Lane and Dalton

UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

  • Staff Council
  • Athletic Advisory Council

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown, M.Ed
Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice Administrative Assistant

EDUCATION

  • M.Ed. Adult Education Management & Administration 
  • B.A. History 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Brown, M., Brown, R. S., & Nandedkar, A. (2019). Transformational Leadership Theory and  Exploring the Perceptions of Diversity Management in Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 19(7), 1-10.


Brown, M., Brown, R. S., & Nandedkar, A. (2019, April 11-14 ). Transformational Leadership Theory and Exploring the Perceptions of Diversity Management in Higher Education Presentation.  International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference, Dallas, Texas.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (committees, clubs, etc.)

  • Staff Council Committee
  • Pearson Test Administrator
  • ACT Test Administrator
  • Phi Alpha Theta 

HOBBIES

I enjoy reading, movies, traveling, zoos, baseball, basketball, soccer, spending time with family and my dogs.

FAMILY 

Married to Dr. Roger S. Brown; two fur babies Chei and Shadow. 

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