Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
News & Events FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/5/2015

OSU-OKC Nurse Science Department held Biennial Lectureship
This past fall, Oklahoma health care professionals, nurse educators and students from a variety of practice settings, and community organizations attended the biennial Margaret Brock Lectureship hosted by the OSU-Oklahoma City Nurse Science Department. The lectureship is a one-day professional development event held every two years intended to bring quality speakers to the Oklahoma nursing community.
"Providing professional development for nurses and other allied health professions is an essential duty of an educational institution,” said Danyel Germain, OSU-OKC Health Science division head.” Through the generous support of the Margaret Brock family, the tireless effort of our nursing faculty development committee, and the leadership of Tracy Edwards, OSU-OKC was able to provide an exemplary learning experience for the conference attendees. Helping students, healthcare providers and educators understand incivility improves performance, job satisfaction, team communication and most importantly-patient safety."
This year’s lectureship featured Dr. Cynthia Clark who is a published author on the topic of civility: “Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education.”  Her book received the 2013 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for Professional Issues in Nursing. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in nursing and the other in addiction treatment and recovery. She has a Master of Science degree in human development and family studies, and earned her doctorate in educational leadership. She is also the recipient of several teaching, research and service awards.
Dr. Clark’s four main objectives are to describe the 'State of the Science' regarding civility/incivility in nursing education and practice; discuss the impact of incivility on individuals, teams, and organizations and ways to create healthy workplaces; apply a variety of evidence-based strategies to foster civility and create healthy workplaces; and explore contributors to and rationale for addressing incivility in nursing.
“The participants had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Clark and with each other during the provided lunch and scheduled break times,” said Tracy Edwards, OSU-OKC Nurse Science assistant professor. “Dr. Clark spent quite a bit of time during breaks chatting with fellow nurses who are using her work upon which to base their doctoral studies.”
Through a partnership with INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, nursing contact hours are provided for attendance. INTEGRIS Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nurses’ education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This conference is funded by the Margaret Brock Lectureship. Margaret Brock, RN, headed the OSU-OKC Nurse Science Department from 1980 to 1987 and the university’s Health Sciences Division from 1987 until her retirement in 1994. The lectureship honors Brock’s innovative and persistent pursuit of excellence for the nurse science degree program and its students.
The next Margaret Brock Lectureship will be held in 2016. If you are interested in receiving updates about the lectureship, please contact Edwards at tracyle@osuokc.edu.
For more information on OSU-OKC’s Nurse Science Department, visit osuokc.edu/nursing.
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