Dr. Robbie Henson

Interim Dean - College of Nursing
Lawrence C. and Marion V. Harris Chair of Nursing
Associate Dean of Nursing
Office Location Stavros Hall, 108
Phone (Office) 405.585.4454
OBU Mailbox # 61805
Email robbie.henson@okbu.edu


Dr. Robbie Henson is a full professor and holds the Lawrence and Marion Chair of Nursing. She has clinical experience in a wide range of specialties including medical-surgical nursing, intensive care nursing, and postpartum and labor and delivery nursing. She is currently teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Nursing. Dr. Henson has received recognition from the National League of Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. Her primary research focus is on the nurses' role in facilitating self and family care through mutual goal setting. She has also completed research related to retention of nurses in the acute care setting. Dr. Henson has published articles on such subjects as “Introducing new technology: Confusion or order?”, "The concept of mutuality," and “Consumerism & Quality Management.” She has practiced professionally in the health care agencies in the Shawnee are a. She is an active member at First Baptist Church Shawnee.


  • B.S.N., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • M.S.N., University of Texas-Arlington
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • Dissertation: “A Grounded Theory Study of Nurse/Client Mutuality in Health Care Planning”
  • Certified Nurse Educator, National League of Nursing

Courses Taught

  • NURS 1101 Freshman Seminar
  • NURS 5023 Nursing Research and Evidence
  • NURS 5033 Philosophical Foundations of Nursing
  • NURS 5123 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • NURS 5484 Advanced Practicum
  • NURS 5994 Capstone Course

Selected Publications

Henson, R. H. (1997). Analysis of the concept of mutuality. Image: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 29(1).

Henson, R. H., Schmele, J. A. & Robinson, W. (1995). Consumerism & quality management. In J. A. Schmele, Ed. Quality Management in Nursing and Health Care. Delmar Publishers.

McClellan, M. A., Henson, R. H. & Schmele, J. A. (1994). Introducing new technology: Confusion or order? Nursing Management, 25(7), 38-41.

Robinson, W., Henson, R.H. & Schmele, J. (1994). Training Guide for SIMP-H Data Collection. Unpublished manuscript. University of Oklahoma. College of Nursing, Oklahoma City, OK.

MacRoberts, M., Schmele, J. A. & Henson, R.H. (1993). An analysis of job morale factors of community health nurses who report a low turnover rate: The research. Journal of Nursing Administration, 23(6), 22-28.

Helmich, Robbie. (1989). A repeat study of employee opinions for use in recruitment and retention of registered nurses. Unpublished manuscript. Tarrant County Hospital District, Fort Worth, Texas.


Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society