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About the Board

About the Oklahoma Board of Nursing

Statement of Purpose

The Oklahoma Board of Nursing was established to safeguard the public health and welfare of the residents of Oklahoma by ensuring that any person who practices or offers to practice registered nursing, practical nursing, or advanced practice nursing in this state is competent to do so. The Board also ensures that any person who practices or offers to practice as an advanced unlicensed assistance person in this state is competent to do so. The Board accomplishes this purpose through the regulation of nursing licensure, unlicensed assistance certification, nursing practice and nursing education. The purpose, as defined in the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act, supersedes the interests of any individual, the nursing profession or any special interest group.

General Functions of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing

1. Prescribe standards for educational programs preparing persons for licensure or certification as Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, or Advanced Unlicensed Assistants.

A. Provide for surveys of nursing education programs according to the Rules.
B. Approve nursing education programs and advanced unlicensed assistive training programs that meet the prescribed standards.
C. Deny or withdraw approval of educational programs for failure to meet or maintain prescribed standards.

2. Administer the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered and Practical Nurses in accordance with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. contract.

3. Administer the advanced unlicensed assistant certification examination in accordance with the contratual agreement with the test service.

4. Provide initial licensure and renewal of licensure of duly qualified applicants, including: A) licensure by examination for new graduates, B) licensure by endorsement for nurses licensed in other states or educated in foreign countries, and C) reinstatement of lapsed license and return to active status applications.

5. Issue/renew license to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses meeting established requirements.

6. Issue/renew Prescriptive Authority Recognition to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses meeting approved standards.

7. Maintain records of all licensed nurses and advanced unlicensed assistive persons. Provide the records for public inspection under the provisions of the Open Records Act.

8. Investigate complaints of alleged violations of the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act and Rules of the Board.

9. Conduct hearings upon charges calling for disciplinary action.

10. Maintain a Peer Assistance Program for nurses whose competency may be compromised by drug abuse or dependency.

11. Promulgate rules to implement the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act.

12. Provide consultation, conduct conferences, forums, studies and research on nursing education and practice.

About the Board

The Board is composed of eleven members appointed by the Governor - six are registered nurses, three are licensed practical nurses, and two are citizens of the State who represent the public. All members serve for a period of five years, with the Public Members serving co-terminously with the Governor. The officers of the Board are the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer who are elected annually.

The Board employs an Executive Director and defines the duties. The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the agency in accordance with the Oklahoma Statutes, Rules, and directives of the Board. The agency is statutorily authorized for thirty full-time employees consisting of administrative, technical, investigative and case-manager positions. Additionally, the Board retains an attorney as the Board's primary counsel.

Board Members

OBN Board Member Information
Susan Jones, PhD, APRN-CNS, President
4
2019
Lynn Korvick, PhD, RN, CNE, Vice-President
7
2017
Sandi Cooksey, LPN, MBEC, Secretary/Treasurer
4
2017
Jana Martin, MS, RN, CNE
8
2018
Mandy Nelson, MS, APRN-CNS
1
2016
Madonna Newcomer, MS, RN, NE-BC
6
2016
Carmen Nickel, MS, RN
2
2020
Marilyn Turvey, LPN, BS
8
2016
Rena Sexton, LPN
2
2018
Keith Oehlert, Public Member
4
2019
Marla Ellis, CPA, Public Member
2
2019

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Staff Directory

Executive:

  • Kim Glazier, RN, M.Ed., Executive Director
  • Sandra Ellis, CPM, Executive Assistant
  • Dana Edminsten, BS, CPM, CPO, Business Manager

Peer Assistance:

  • Laura Clarkson, RN, Peer Assistance Program Coordinator
  • Jenny Barnhouse, RN, MS, Case Manager
  • Erica McArthur, RN, Case Manager
  • Amy Tomlinson, BA, Legal Secretary

Investigative Division:

  • Lisa Griffitts, RN, MS, Director, Investigative Division
  • Michele Reading, RN, BSN, Asst. Director, Investigative Division
  • Michelle Wiens, RN, MS, Nurse Investigator
  • Mark Stroud, RN, BSN, MBA, Nurse Investigator
  • Starla Griffith, RN, MS, Nurse Investigator
  • Sandy Terry, RN, BSN, MBA, Nurse Investigator
  • Holly Baker, RN, BSN, Nurse Investigator
  • Shelley Tuscana, Legal Secretary
  • Teena Jackson, Legal Secretary
  • Andrea Denman, A.A., Legal Secretary

Regulatory Services:

  • Jackye Ward, RN, MS, Deputy Director, Regulatory Services
  • Gina Stafford, RN, BSN, Associate Director of Nursing Practice
  • Terri Walker, RN, MS, Nursing Education Consultant
  • Darcy Roquemore, RN, MS, Licensing Manager
  • Nicole Plumlee, MS, Licensing Specialist
  • Shirley Montgomery, Licensing Analyst
  • Dana Hall, A.A., Administrative Technician
  • Romelda Daniels, Administrative Technician
  • Shakayla Gordon, Administrative Technician
  • Sara Shaver, Administrative Technician
  • Joan Misenheimer, Secretary



Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N Classen, Ste. 524
OKC, OK   73106
TEL: 405.962.1800 FAX: 405.962.1821

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