Grant Program Producing Quality Nurse Educators for Oklahoma

BETHANY, OK (August 13, 2013) - Southern Nazarene University recently concluded its fifth year of participation in the MS Nursing Pathways - Oklahoma Nurse Incentive Grant, supported through the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma and Mr. Frank W. Merrick, President of Foundation Management, Inc., on behalf of an anonymous donor. SNU was one of three Oklahoma university participants in this grant program.

More than 100 students, past and present, participated in this program designed to increase the number of masters-prepared nurse educators in the state of Oklahoma. The long-term impact of this project affects Oklahoma nursing through qualified nurse educators preparing the next generation of nursing students in the state.

"SNU graduates are making a major impact on nursing education in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Katie Sigler, Chair of the SNU School of Nursing. “This project is putting high quality nurse educators into classrooms to prepare new nurses, increasing the number of nurses in the state.”

SNU students who have completed their masters’ degrees in Nursing Education live in 21 counties in the state and have taught in more than 20 different educational institutions in the state, including a wide range of college, university, community college and career tech center settings. These master-prepared nurse educators come from both metropolitan and rural areas of the state. One third of the graduates in this project to date come from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Graduates have also made useful contributions to nursing research. The types of research conducted for the SNU School of Nursing’s master’s thesis have run the gamut from chronic fatigue in children to global health. A significant amount of this research has also been done in conjunction with large urban hospitals.

SNU offers a nineteen-month graduate program track leading to a Master of Science in both Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership in two locations, Oklahoma City (Bethany) and Tulsa. The SNU School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For more information on the SNU School of Nursing, contact Dr. Katie Sigler, ARNP, Ed.D. at or 918-664-4100.

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