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Meet the Oklahoma League for Nursing President, 2014-2016

Hello! My name is P. Eileen (Shaw) Stephens and I am the current, 2014-16, OLN President. I graduated with a Diploma in Nursing from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Tulsa, OK in 1972; a BS in Education from Central State University in 1978; a BSN from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1994 and finally a Masters in Science with Nursing Education pathway from The University of Oklahoma, Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, OK. I retired from Oklahoma State University-OKC after 14 years, ten years as nurse faculty and four years as the Associate Division Head. My retirement was short lived as I found a calling at Southern Nazarene University as Program Director for their RN to BS with major in Nursing program. I strongly believe in RNs completing a BSN and having done that myself, I know how difficult it can be with a job and a family. With the help of a grant, I developed an online version of that program and then after two years retired from full time employment to faculty adjunct for SNU in December 2014.

Looking back to 1968, I started out in nursing as a nurse aide and worked my way through the diploma nursing program. I am going on my 44th year as an RN with over 35 staff nurse years overlapping with 18 years in nursing education as faculty and/or administration. I loved critical care nursing, all aspects of patient care, nursing education and being involved in professional nursing organizations such as the OLN. In addition to OLN, I have been active in Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Honor Society of Nursing, in the Beta Delta Chapter as well as Oklahoma Nurses Association (ONA) as Region 1 President and other offices over the years for Region 1. At the state level, I participated on the ONA State Board of Directors and Government Action committee in the past years. I think it is extremely important for RNs and LPNs to be actively involved with their professional organizations and to be leaders in Oklahoma or respective state and on the national level.

From a personal perspective, I married Greg Stephens and we just celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary. Greg is a retired HS teacher and golf coach. We have three children, Zach & wife Kim, Julie Na'Cole & husband Joseph Tomasso, and Scott. We also boast three of the sweetest grandchildren ever! Greg plays golf and I play horses! We started the American Pie Pony Ranch together and own a Pinto World Champion Stallion, Pony Stock type, "HH Jetalito Gold Bar". He has sired six foals out of our three mares. So you can see why I needed to retire, to take care of grandchildren and ponies!!

Thank you for visiting the President’s page and please look through the other officer pages and links on our web page for Oklahoma League for Nursing! God Bless America and Nursing, Eileen Stephens