Westbrook Joins School of Nursing

Dawn Westbrook has joined the OBU School of Nursing as an assistant professor of nursing. She will begin teaching on Bison Hill for the fall 2010 semester.

Westbrook earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from OBU in 1989, graduating with the scholastic predicate magna cum laude. She was licensed as a registered nurse in July 1989, and completed a Career Step home study course for medical transcription in May 1999.

In March 2010, Westbrook earned a master's degree in nursing education from the OBU Graduate School. She was part of the first cohort to earn the university's master of science in nursing degree.

"We are excited about the addition of Dawn Westbrook to the School of Nursing faculty," said Dr. Lana Bolhouse, dean of the School of Nursing. "We know of Dawn's outstanding ability from her days as an undergraduate student and more recently as a member of the first cohort of nursing graduate students.

"Also, Dawn has taught as an adjunct in past years and has worked as a teaching assistant while in the graduate program. She has expertise in medical surgical nursing and maternal child health. She has a passion for teaching nursing students. We welcome her!"

Westbrook also works with Family HealthCare Associates of Shawnee where she transcribes family medicine physicians' dictation for seven different providers.

Prior to serving as an adjunct faculty member at OBU, Westbrook was a registered nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City from 1993-2001. She was responsible for total patient care in various medical-surgical units including oncology, cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, outpatient surgery, orthopedic surgery, neo-natal intensive care unit and physician offices.

Westbrook previously served at the hospital's New Life Center, providing total patient care throughout obstetrics including labor and delivery, post partum and nursery, as well as care of gynecological patients. She also has worked as an R.N. at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., in the Labor and Delivery unit.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, an international honor society of nursing; Oklahoma Nurses' Association; and American Nurses' Association.