OU College of Nursing Faculty Member Inducted as Fellow for National Group

OKLAHOMA CITY – A faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing has been named to the inaugural class of fellows for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute.

Susan Dresser, a clinical instructor at the OU College of Nursing, was among the 38 clinical nurse specialist inductees. The Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute is an arm of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. A clinical nurse specialist is an expert clinician with advanced education and training in a specialized area of nursing practice who works in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Dresser is an advanced practice registered nurse who is earning her doctorate in nursing. She also is a certified critical care nurse. She is the director of the Adult/Gerontologic Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the OU College of Nursing, preparing skilled nurses to function at a higher level of care in settings where adults and older adults are served.

“We are very proud of Susan’s accomplishments and her contributions to the OU College of Nursing and the field of nursing,” said Melissa Craft, Ph.D., RN, interim associate dean for academic administration and graduate education at the OU College of Nursing. “Her efforts are helping to prepare the next generation of skilled and compassionate clinical nurse specialists.”

Craft currently serves as chair of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute and welcomed Dresser as a fellow during the induction ceremony on March 8.

The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is nationally recognized, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level programs to those interested in starting or advancing a career in the profession of nursing. With locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, the college is the state’s largest nursing program and is dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma. The OU Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is part of the OU Health Sciences Center, a leader in education, research and patient care and one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. To find out more, visit nursing.ouhsc.edu.



One of nation’s few academic health centers with seven professional colleges — Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies — the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center serves approximately 4,000 students in more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs on campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. For more information, visit ouhsc.edu.


OU Health — along with its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center — is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. With 11,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest physician network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit oumedicine.com.