Chair of Gateway Education; Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: NSE 110
Phone: (405) 208-5880
Professor Bottoms received her BSN in 1981 from the University of Oklahoma and then completed her Master’s degree at that same institution in 1997. She has more than 25 years of nursing experience in acute care, working with clients in telemetry, coronary care, and critical care units. She started her nursing career at Presbyterian Hospital and was one of the first nurses at that hospital to achieve Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification. She also helped to design and then participated in the Clinical Career Ladder program at that facility, which recognized nurses for advanced clinical skills. She is devoted to improving client care in the critical care area and life-long learning. Because of this focus she achieved CCRN certification (Certified Critical Care RN) and has maintained that certification since 1990. In addition, she has achieved recognition as a Certified Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing.
Prof. Bottoms has over 15 years of teaching experience in the areas of medical-surgical nursing, critical care, and pharmacology. In addition to her interests in critical care and end of life issues in acute care settings, she is very involved in test-item writing, test analysis, and in preparing new graduates to be successful on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. An additional focus of interest is in the use of technology, simulation, and computers in the educational process.
Area of Research:
Transition of Nursing Students into Practice to Improve Retention in First Job