Nursing
Faculty & Staff
Lois Salmeron
Dean and Professor of Nursing

Email: lsalmeron@okcu.edu
Office: NSW 126
Phone: (405) 208-5998
Lois L. Salmeron, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, received a diploma in nursing from St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas in 1962. She holds other degrees: BSN (1965) and MSN (1981) from University of Oklahoma, Master’s of Arts in Teaching (1972) from Oklahoma City University, and a Doctorate of Education in Adult Education from Oklahoma State University in 1988. Dr. Salmeron has been a professor at Kramer School of Nursing since 2005, serving as Associate Dean, Interim Dean, ultimately becoming Dean in January of 2013. Dr. Salmeron, a Professor Emeritus of Oklahoma State University, was instrumental in developing the nursing program at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City in 1969-70. She was the driving force behind this program for thirty-one years: twenty-three as faculty and eight as the Director (Dean). During her tenure, she created the first Distance Education Program for educating registered nurses in Oklahoma. This was accomplished by using interactive television that transmitted the nursing classes from the Oklahoma City campus to Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. She experienced great satisfaction in educating more than 2500 students, mentoring them and guiding them to enter the profession of registered nursing.

This project and her commitment to nursing in Oklahoma earned her recognition and induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2003. She has received many honors during her career, though two are exceptional. She received the Graham Waite Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District VII Fellows in 1990. She was the first nurse to receive such an award from obstetricians and gynecologists. This award relates to her work with physicians who provide health care, and educate individuals who give care as well as receive care, in obstetrics and women’s health. In 2000, she was honored by her colleagues when presented with 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 this specialty.

In 2010, Dr. Salmeron received another honor: she was elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Nursing Education, so now is a Fellow of this Academy, which is an organization of the National League for Nursing. She was the second nurse in Oklahoma to be elected into this prestigious academy.

During a four year retirement, Dr. Salmeron continued her involvement in the community and in health care by participating in several boards in the community that deal with education and health. She continues to be involved on a national level by being a program evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. She has been a member of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League for many years, serving as chair of the 2002 Symphony Designers Show House and President of the organization in 2003-2004. Dr. Salmeron continues to serve as a member of the Oklahoma City-County Board of Health, Mercy Board of Trustees, and the Oklahoma Higher Education Historical Society board.

She is married to Dr. John Salmeron, a retired anesthesiologist, who is known for his expertise in orchids. They have three children. Dr. John Salmeron, Jr. is a plant molecular biologist doing plant research in the Research Triangle in NC. He is married to Pearl and they have twins, Miya and Aidan. Dr. Elizabeth Salmeron, a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Antonio, and her husband Bruce are parents of Sofia Isabella. Richard Salmeron owns a financial planning company in Dallas and is father to Mateo and Dominique. For fun, Dr. Salmeron likes to knit, needlepoint, read, and play with the grandchildren.

Areas of Research:

Education:
  • Legal Liability of the Nurse Educator
  • Social Class Placement of Associate Degree Nursing Student
  • Retaining Aging Faculty in the Nursing Education Workforce
  • Transition of Nursing Students into Practice to Improve Retention in First Job
Maternity Nursing:
  • Effects of Antepartal Classes on Length of Labor
  • First Time Mothers’ Educational Needs Related to Infant Caretaking and Self Care
  • Utilizing the Decision Making Process in Family Centered Maternity Care
Centennial History Project:
  • The Source of Self for Oklahoma Nurses