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Denise Burton

Denise Burton

Denise Burton,
Chair of RN-to-BSN Education; Associate Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing


Denise Burton, MS, RNC, CNE, received her BSN at Central State University in 1977. She received her MS with an emphasis in Nursing at the University of Oklahoma in 1985. She maintains current certification in neonatal nursing. She began her teaching career at St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1979. Then after obtaining her MS in Nursing, she returned to a teaching position at Oklahoma City University St. Anthony School of Nursing. She is currently a tenured associate professor and the Chair of the RN to BSN Program at Oklahoma City University Kramer School of Nursing. Professor Burton's clinical focus is Maternal-Child. She currently teaches Child Health Nursing and Health Assessment. Denise continues to participate in Camp Wildfire, which is a weekend camp for children with Spina Bifida. She has co-presented Camp Wildfire at two national nursing conferences and recently received "The Friends of Children" Award from the Institute of Child Advocacy. Service beyond the University and profession is shown through her community activities. She has volunteered as a group facilitator at the Kid's Place, a community agency that provides comfort to grieving children. She has also served on the Choctaw-Nicoma Park School Board for a total of 10 years. She has completed the basic preparation course for Parish Nursing. Ms. Burton enjoys horseback riding, restoring antiques and traveling. Denise and her husband, Bob, live in Choctaw. They have a grown daughter, Cara, who received her MA in Criminal Justice from OCU.

Area of Research

Retaining Aging Faculty in the Nursing Education Workforce

Contact Information

Room 304
School of Nursing East