Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Nurse Science Professor Named Oklahoma Nurses Association Region 1 President

OSU-Oklahoma City Nurse Science Associate Professor Eileen Stephens was recently named the Oklahoma Nurses Association Region 1 president. In this role she hopes to build the ONA Region 1 membership as the professional organization for nurses in Oklahoma.


Stephens has been the first vice president of ONA for the last four years. As vice president, she works closely with the outgoing president, Lucille Cox, who supported her run for president. Stephens acted as president-elect last year to transition into becoming president.


Stephens began her career in nursing in 1972 after being influenced by her mother who had wanted to become a nurse but didn’t have the opportunity. After graduating with a diploma in nursing, she completed her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and finally her Master of Science in Nursing. She has been teaching in OSU-OKC’s nurse science department since 1999.


“I think OSU-OKC has the best associate degree nursing program in the state and I’m proud to work here,” she says. “We have a great group of intelligent, well-educated, strong RNs that are all great student advocates and great nurses. Go nurse faculty!”


Throughout most of her career, she has worked in rural and urban acute care hospitals with about 25 years as a staff Registered Nurse in critical care and medical surgical nursing.


“The best part of being an RN is the versatility and flexibility,” Stephens says. “I also love caring for patients at the bedside and learning from them, hearing their life stories. Now, I love students and hearing their life stories and am hoping that I can impact their learning in some way.”


In addition to building relationships with patients, Stephens stresses the importance ONA plays into an RN’s life. “It is the most important thing that an RN can do. RNs could have such a great impact on the health of Oklahoma citizens if we would all take part and be active!”


In Stephens’ spare time, she enjoys working with horses. She raises, trains and shows pinto ponies. Her life dream of selling ponies to children and hosting riding lessons has just now come to fruition and she couldn’t be happier. She also loves all things OSU, especially sports.

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