ONA Members to Elect New Board Members

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ONA Candidates to be Elected 

This year ONA Members will elect a Vice President, Practice Director, Political Activities Director, Emerging Nurse Director, three Nominating Committee Members and three Membership Assembly Members. All candidates are listed below as well as on the ONA website. Election America will be emailing each ONA Member a username and password. If you prefer to have a paper ballot, they will provide you with one. Election results will be announced at the ONA House of Delegates, which will be held as part of the ONA Convention, October 18, 2017 in Norman, OK.

Vice President – Elect One, Two year term 

Elizabeth Diener, PhD., RN, PNP, CNE

Current Position:  Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, Okla. City University, Kramer School of Nursing

Activities:  ANA member since 1980; ONA- Vice President since 2015; OHPNA 2003-present Treasurer since 2014, Past-President, Past-President-elect, Past- Nominations Chair; ONA Region 1 member since 2009

Education Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO, Diploma 1973; Lindenwood College St. Charles, MO, BSN 1979; University of Missouri- KC

MSN 1994; University of Missouri-SL, PhD 2003

Statement on views on nursing and issues facing ONA: Depending on your outlook, these are either exciting times or frightening times…or maybe a bit of both!  Regardless of how you voted or what your personal beliefs, there is a consensus that National and State healthcare delivery needs a tune-up.  As part of that revamping of healthcare delivery and coverage it is extremely important that we, as members of ONA, continue to be guardians of nursing practice.  Oklahoma nurses are passionate about how they provide care, no matter where that care occurs.  My job is to represent, support, and work with you in a new era of health care.


Practice Director  - Elect One, Two year term  (listed alphabetically)

Scott Flanagan, RN

Current Position:  Medical/Surgical/Pediatric Director, Alliance Health Midwest

Activities:  ONA Member

Education: University of Oklahoma RN-BSN GRAD 2015

Statement on views on nursing and issues facing ONA:  I am a passionate nurse leader who is the director of a large medsurg/pediatric unit, and proud to represent male nursing.  I graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s LPN to BSN program.  My philosophy of nursing is following a team-oriented approach.  I like to think my staff considers me more like a family leader than just their boss.  A few challenges in nursing that interest me are ways to decrease the nursing shortage and the role LPNS play in the acute care setting.  It is my goal to make an impact in nursing by helping develop strategies for staff retention.


Amy Richards, PhD(c), MSN, RN

Current Position:  Nursing Instructor, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

Activities:  ANA Committee Member, Prof Issues Panel "Barriers to RN Scope of Practice"; ONA Convention 2017 Committee Member, ONA Convention Presenter 2015; NLN Ambassador, Sigma Theta Tau Officer since 2016; Board Member Counseling and Recovery Services of OK Nonprofit; CASA Volunteer, Tulsa Day Center Volunteer

Education: OK City University, OKC, PhD(c) expected graduation date 5/2018; NSU, Tahlequah, OK, MSN, 12/2012; OU, OKC, 1986

Statement on views on nursing and issues facing ONA:  All nurses, including nursing students, should be aware of the healthcare policies and the elected officials who vote on those policies. I promote increased funding for nursing students, at all levels of practice, to make lifelong learning an attainable goal for excellence in practice and research. I support access to essential health care services to all citizens of Oklahoma and believe that full-practice authority for APRNs can meet that need.

Behavioral health needs of Oklahomans are not being met and I fully support educational proposals that can assist nurses to meet the emotional, behavioral and physiological needs in our state.

Political Activities Director  (listed alphabetically)

Brooke Butcher, RN

Current Position:  Nursing Student Mentor, Western Governor’s University; Kaplan NCLEX Review Instructor

Activities:  ONA/ANA Member

Education University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK; BSN (2007), MSN (2012)

Statement on views on nursing and issues facing ONA:  I am a huge proponent of nurse residency programs and other initiatives that aim to help new nurses successfully assimilate into the nursing workforce. Doing more to ensure that they have proper, consistent resources in place (especially in their first 1 to 2 years as a new nurse), will not only produce well-equipped, competent nurses, but will also improve the retention rate of graduate nurses. 

I fully support the position that APRNs in Oklahoma should have full-practice authority. I am in agreement with the ONA regarding all position statements as listed within the ONA website.

Megan Jester, PhD(c), MS, RN

Current Position:  Clinical Instructor The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OKC, OK

Activities:  Nurse of the Day, 2017; Region 1 Delegate, 2016; Poster Presenter, 2016 ONA Convention; OUCN Student Nurses Association Co-Advisor; OUCN Faculty-Student Mentor Program Director;

Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan Obesity Work Group Member; OKC Wellness Now Coalition Member

Volunteer yoga teacher in OKC area; Association for Women in Science Member; Sigma Theta Tau International Member; American Psychiatric Nurses Association Member; ATI Nursing Education Medical-Surgical Test Item Writer, 2015 and 2017

Education: Ph.D. student, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Aurora, CO; Anticipated date of graduation May 2019; M.S. Nursing Education, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; OKC, OK, 2013; A.A.S. Nursing, OSU-OKC; OKC, OK; 2009
B.Ed, Oklahoma State University; Stillwater, OK; 2002

Statement on views on nursing and issues facing ONA: This is a critical time to be active in policy initiatives, as we face continued increased demands with decreased funding. We must expand our presence to advocate for issues including health care funding, care for vulnerable populations, interprofessional education and teamwork, and federal incentives for the advancement of nurse education. Our unique profession is recognized for trust, compassion, and caring for the mind, body, and spirit. My intent as Political Activities Director is to represent the voice of Oklahoma nursing at every level to raise awareness on issues impacting not only our profession, but the citizens of our state. 

Emerging Nurse Director -  Elect One, 2 year term  

Jennifer Booms, RN

Current Position:  Registered Nurse on the Intensive Care Step-Down Unit, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City

Activities: I am the current Director of Emerging Nurses for the Oklahoma Nurses Association and I am currently working on creating a chapter for ONA Emerging Nurses, ONA Region 1 Member.

At the ANA level, I enthusiastically communicate with newly licensed registered nurses on the ANA New RN's Online Community.

Education: University of Central Oklahoma 100 N University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Graduate of May, 2015

Statement on views on nursing and issues facing ONA:  Nursing is a powerful career with ample opportunities for advancement, change in positions, and prospects to make a meaningful impact on individuals’ lives, both physically and emotionally. However, with great advantages also come challenges. The Oklahoma Nurses Association provides a community of qualified nurses working together with varied abilities to create significant change that empowers the bedside nurse, assist nurses in their career advancement, brings about improved working environments benefiting nurses and civilians, and offers a community for personal and professional growth. ONA supports the individual, the professional, and the community as a whole.


Nominating Committee  Two year term- 3 Positions Open (listed alphabetically) 

Michele Bradshaw, RN

Current Position: Alliance Health Midwest, Midwest City, OK – August 2013 to present. Director of Quality/ Regulatory.

Activities:  American Nurses Association Member (ANA) member – October 2012 to present.; Oklahoma Nurses Association (ONA) member – October 2012 to present; ONA House of Delegates member in 2014 and 2015; Oklahoma Organization of Nurse Executives (OONE) member – January 2013 to present. American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) national member 2004 to 2016; AACN Oklahoma City Chapter local member 2003 to 2016; Chapter Secretary 2004, Chapter Vice- President 2005, Chapter President 2006; National AACN President’s Award Winner for Chapter Development – May 2006; Oklahoma Christian University BSN Nursing Program, Edmond, OK;  Advisory Board Member- 2005 to present; Tri- City Youth and Family Center, Inc. Choctaw, OK; Advisory Board Member November 2010 to present.

Education: Oklahoma Wesleyan University- Bartlesville, OK , Bachelors Nursing Science (BSN) 2005; Rose State College- Midwest City, OK, Associate Degree in Nursing Science (AAS) 1997; Metro Area Vocational School-Oklahoma City, OK,  Practical Nursing Diploma- 1994


Ann Kappen, RN

Current Position: Clinical Director INTEGRIS SMC

Activities:  ANA/ONA Member, AACN, AMSN, BLS and HCP Instructor

Education: NU Bethany (1997) BSN; Liberty University Virginia Masters in Nursing (2013)

Carol Robison, RN

Current Position: Founder, Robison Medical Resource Group/Partner Gifted Healthcare

Tulsa, OKC offices

Activities:  ANA/ONA Member, Great 100 Nurses of Oklahoma, Great 100 Nurses Foundation

Tulsa Chamber, Governor Fallin's appointee to Board Of OHCA, Staffing Industry Analyst member, Member of Church on the Move

Education: Associate Degree -Labette Community College grad 1986; BSN Southern Nazarene University, Bethany OK grad 2013


Marla Smith, PhD, MSN, RN

Current Position: Nursing Educator, Assistant Professor, Rogers State University

Claremore, Oklahoma

Activities:  ONA Legislative Committee, ONA Region 2 Director at Large, Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Kappa Phi, Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, University Distance Education Committee, Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee, Adult Literacy and ESL Tutor

Education: Associate Degree:1978:  Tulsa Jr. College, Tulsa Oklahoma; Masters in Nursing:2008: Oklahoma City University, Kramer School of Nursing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; PhD: 2014: Oklahoma City University, Kramer School of Nursing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Membership Assembly Representative – One year term (listed alphabetically) 3 Positions Open

Lucas Richardson-Walker, RN, ONA Region 1 President

Karen Ann Taylor, DNP, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, ONA President Elect

Joyce Van Nostrand, PhD, RN, ONA President