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Karen Cotter

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Karen Cotter joined the OBU Nursing faculty as Assistant Professor in Nursing in August 2003. Karen is a member of the Oklahoma Nurse Association Board of Directors as the Education director since 2012. Additionally, she serves on the Boards of Directors for Good Shepherd Ministries, Inc. in Oklahoma City, and Global Women. Global Women is an ecumenical organization that serves and partners with Vulnerable women and indigenous leaders worldwide. Her work experience includes Medical Surgical nursing, Correctional Nursing, and Long Term acute care nursing.


  • B.S., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • M.S., University of Oklahoma

Primary Teaching Area:

  • Health Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Nursing

Courses Taught

NURS 2024: Fundamentals/Introduction to Nursing
NURS 3011: Health Assessment
NURS 3153: Care of the Acutely Ill Client
NURS 3213: Pathophysiology
NURS 3236: Clinical Practicum for Acute Care of the Adult

Selected Publications

History of Nursing at OBU- Nursing Times, May 2014.

Poster Presentation, “Lived Experience of Novice Faculty”-- Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies, July 2010

Reviewer for 6th Edition of Skills in Clinical Nursing, by Berman, Snyder, & Jackson

Oklahoma Nurse publication in 2001 Co- Author of an article addressing end of life care and an interview with Betty Ferrell.

1999 Oklahoma Nurses Association Annual Meeting, Poster Presentation: “Workplace Advocacy- A work in Progress”