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Oklahoma City University Appoints Nursing School Dean

Oklahoma City University appointed Lois Salmeron as dean of the Kramer School of Nursing today.

Salmeron has been serving as interim dean of the nursing school since June 2013. She has been a professor at OCU since 2005.

“Dr. Salmeron brings a lifetime of experience to her new position in the Kramer School of Nursing,” said OCU Provost Susan Barber. “Her years of nursing school leadership, along with her industry leadership and community volunteerism, have proved that she is highly qualified to lead the school toward continued greatness.”

Salmeron was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2003, only the second nurse to receive the honor.  In 2010, she was elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Nursing Education, an organization of the National League for Nursing. She was the second nurse from Oklahoma to be inducted as a fellow. She continues to be involved on a national level by being a program evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Salmeron was the first nurse to receive the Graham Waite Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1990. The award was for her work with physicians who provide care, as well as receive care, in obstetrics and women’s health. In 2000 she received a national award: the Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, an organization of approximately 20,000 nurses who practice in the specialty.

As professor emeritus at Oklahoma State University, Salmeron was instrumental in developing the nursing program at OSU-Oklahoma City in 1969-70. She was the driving force behind the program for 31 years — 23 as faculty and eight as the dean. During her tenure, she created the first distance education program in the state for registered nurses, the accomplishment that earned her induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

Salmeron earned a diploma in nursing from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita, Kan., in 1962. She went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Oklahoma, a master's degree in teaching from OCU and a doctorate in adult education from OSU.

Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry called Salmeron a gifted educator with exceptional knowledge in nursing.

“I have absolute confidence in Dr. Salmeron as dean of the Kramer School of Nursing. Her passion for nursing education is evident from her many accomplishments and years of work dedicated to nursing and nursing education,” Henry said.

The Kramer School of Nursing is ranked in the top 10 percent of nursing programs in the nation. Students received an 88 percent pass rate for the latest NCLEX-RN licensure exam, significantly beating the national and statewide averages.

The school dedicated its new facilities in 2011. It features a pre-licensure baccalaureate program, RN-to-BSN degree completion, a master’s degree program with tracks in education and administration, a family nurse practitioner program and two doctoral programs.