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Karen Gregory
Karen L. Gregory, DNP, APRN, CNS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC

Dr. Karen Gregory is a doctoral prepared Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist with a specialty in asthma, allergy, and pulmonary medicine. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Asthma Educator. Dr. Gregory is employed at the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Dr. Gregory is currently the 1st Vice President and past president of our Beta Delta Chapter-at-Large. She has served consecutively on the Beta Delta Chapter-at-Large Board of Directors since 2004. Sigma’s mission is to “support nurses’ efforts to improve the health of the world’s people.” Sigma has offered many opportunities to personally promote scholarship and leadership. Dr. Gregory has a passion for patients with pulmonary disease. Sigma has provided an evidence-based practice grant to pursue doctoral studies in the field of pulmonology, asthma and allergy. Sigma has helped developed leadership skills at national and international levels.

Dr. Gregory is a Past-President of the Association of Asthma Educators. She serves in leadership roles for the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American Association for Respiratory Care. She also holds active memberships and leadership positions in professional organizations serving on boards, committees, and projects. She lectures on issues related to pulmonary, allergy, asthma and disease management and is published in these areas.

According to Dr. Gregory, Beta Delta Chapter-at-Large has been instrumental in mentoring novice and expert nurses. Sigma provides numerous opportunities for individual to promoted professional growth and development as members serve and mentor others.

Welcome to Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Delta Chapter-at-Large!

Whether you are a current member or someone that is considering membership, we welcome you. The opportunities to become involved, to grow and develop as leaders, and to contribute to the nursing profession are virtually endless.

Sigma has supported me through scholarships and research grants from my undergraduate education through my doctoral training. In addition, they supported me, along with the CDC, in the development of my immunization website, Nursing Initiative Promoting Immunization Training (www.NIP-IT.org), a website used by over 400 nursing schools across the United States. In addition, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with internationally known nursing scholars. In return, I have enjoyed being actively involved by serving on committees and being an officer within our organization.

Each of you will experience membership in your own way. In fact, Sigma membership is an experience that is yours to design. I hope you will make use of the many opportunities that membership has to offer. Not only do you have the opportunity to be involved locally, but there are opportunities to participate in this global organization on a regional and international level as well.

Dr. Tigges, our International President, calls for Sigma’s vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing. To do so, we need
• to connect with fellow nurses and partners and work together to share our message, opportunities, and accomplishments.
• to expand our collaborative work with other nurses and partners outside of nursing, so we can more successfully fulfill our mission.
• to serve as a catalyst to bring about, initiate, produce fundamental change.
Our final call is to use our skills as practical, innovative, and visionary nurse leaders to transform global nursing.

If you are a current member looking for ways to become connected, please feel free to contact me (see below). If you are a non-member and already an RN wishing to join Sigma, consider joining as a Nurse Leader. If you are a student who has been invited to Sigma, I encourage you to read this about one new member’s experience to help you make that decision: https://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/features/more-features/if-you-receive-an-invitation-to-join-sigma-say-yes

Whether you are a member or non-member, come to our next meeting and get to know us. We look forward to meeting you!

Sheryl Buckner PhD, RN, ANEF
President, Beta Delta Chapter-at-Large

Kathy Smith and Sheryl Buckner, STTI Leadership Conference 2018
Kathy Smith and Sheryl Buckner,
STTI Leadership Conference 2018

Chapter News

  • Nominations Needed!

    It is time to plan for the future success of SIGMA!

    The STTI Beta Delta-at-Large chapter Leadership Succession Committee is seeking nominations for the positions listed below for our 2019 elections. You may self-nominate for these positions.

    Nominations are due to the Leadership Succession Committee by February 1, 2019.

    Please forward your nomination to carol-rogers@ouhsc.edu

    President Elect:
    The president-elect will be elected for a term of two (2) years or until a successor is elected and assumes office, and after which shall succeed to a two-year (2-year) term as president. The president shall be the presiding officer and shall administer all business of the Society as provided for by the bylaws.

    1st Vice President:
    The vice president will be elected for a term of two (2) years or until a successor is elected and assumes office. The vice president shall perform the duties of the president in the president’s absence. In the event of the president vacating office during the term, the vice president shall succeed into the presidency until the president-elect takes office at the next meeting of the House of Delegates. The 1st Vice President will serve as Chair of the Program Committee.

    The treasurer will be elected for a term of four (4) years or until their successors are elected and assume office.  The treasurer shall be the corporate treasurer and fulfill all duties authorized by the Board of Directors.

    Administrative Vice President (AVP) for the following Universities:
    Contact Lori McElroy with any questions.
    Oklahoma Baptist University
    Oklahoma City University
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

    Leadership Succession Committee x 3:
    Leadership Succession Committee shall be elected each biennium for a two-year (2-year) term.  The Leadership Succession Committee shall develop members in organizational leadership roles across the span of their careers and mentor members to assume organizational board and officer positions at all levels of organizations. The committee shall select nominees and prepare the biennial ballot. The ballot will be sent to the Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International at least two (2) months prior to the biennial meeting and to the chapters at least one (1) month prior to this meeting.  The Leadership Succession Committee members shall be ineligible for any elected office on the ballot prepared by the Committee.
  • Get Involved!

    Are you a member of STTI Beta Delta Chapter-at-Large but haven't been attending meetings?  Now is your chance to meet other members and get involved in the activities of your chapter!

    For the calendar of events for 2018-2019 see the Upcoming Events section.  Make plans now to attend!

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University Affiliation

Oklahoma Baptist University
College of Nursing
500 W University Ave
Shawnee, OK 74804 USA

Oklahoma City University
Kramer School of Nursing
2501 N Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106 USA

Southern Nazarene University
School of Nursing
R.T. Williams LRC
4115 N. College
Bethany, OK 73008 USA

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

School of Nursing
809 N Custer St
Weatherford, OK 73096-3044 USA

University Of Central Oklahoma
Department of Nursing
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034-5209 USA

University of Oklahoma
Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing
1100 N Stonewall
PO Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73190-0001 USA