Dr. Marla Smith

Name: Dr. Marla Smith

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-6887

Title: Associate Professor of Nursing

Department: Health Sciences

Office: Health Sciences, Room 248B

Dr. Marla SmithDr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Rogers State University.


Ph.D., Nursing Education and Research
M.S. in Nursing
B.S. in Nursing
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

A.A.S. in Nursing
Tulsa Junior College, Tulsa, OK


  • State of Oklahoma, R0032537, Expires, October, 2014

Professional Development Affiliation

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • American Nurses Association
  • Oklahoma Nurses Association

Leadership Activities

  • 2010-2012: Vestry for Trinity Episcopal Parish, serving as stewardship chair
  • 2005-Present: Oklahoma State Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Council, Board Member
  • 1995-2006: Governor’s Task Force to design and implement a statewide system for trauma and disaster preparedness


  • 2010: Distinguished Alumni – Oklahoma City University
  • 2006: Outstanding Service Award – Oklahoma City University
  • 1987: Outstanding Leadership, loyalty, & Service – Wewoka Hospital

Teaching Experience

2019-Present, Associate Professor
2006-2019, Adjunct Clinical and Classroom Instructor
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK 
Teaching Medical, Surgical and Psychiatric areas of nursing practice and Health and Physical Assessment, Family & Community Public Health, and Professional Nursing Practice.

2006-Present, Adjunct Faculty
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK 
Co-teaching a course on cross-cultural nursing, leading undergraduate and graduate nurses on a Mission Trips.

Clinical Experience

1990, Nursing Float Pool Staff RN 
(Primarily assigned to Critical Care and Charge Nurse on Medical, Surgical and Telemetry Units.)
1992, House Supervisor 
(Provided administrative presence during off hours and a resource to the nursing personnel on duty.)
1994, Nurse Manager of the Neurological, Neurosurgical and Orthopedic area
1995, Director of Nursing for Emergency, Out Patient Services, and the Transplant program
2002, Transplant Program added to director position and responsibilities
2005, Development, implementation, and continuous oversite of the Chest Pain Observation Unit. 
(Final Position Objectives: Administration of the clinical area and or service lines clinically, operationally and financially to meet the needs of our community.)
St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK

1987-1990, Co-Owner of Home Nursing w/TLC, Wewoka, OK 
Primary Responsibility – working with Insurance Companies to receive approval for 24 hour or visit care within the home of the medically compromised. Financial administrator of the corporation.

1980-Present, Consultant 
For physician office practice regarding personnel, process flow, billing and reimbursement.

1980, Director of Nursing, nursing administration for nursing practice
1982, Administrator of the Hospital – administrate hospital functions to support the financial stability and develop growth of the hospital to meet the needs of the community while adhering to all state and federal guidelines. 
Wewoka Memorial Hospital, Wewoka, OK

St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, OK 
Staff RN in the Intensive Care Unit and Tulsa Life Flight Program providing care to the critical patient population.

Presentations & Invited Lectures

Thesis: Measures of Registered Nurse Competency in Home Health Care in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City University, December 20, 2008.

Oklahoma Nurses Association 5th Annual Caring Across Cultures Conference: Neoculturation as applied to the University-Based Medical Mission Trip. Oklahoma City University, September 26, 2008.

Oklahoma Nurses Association: State-wide Nursing Research Day – Poster Presentation. Oklahoma City University, Spring, 2007.

“Nursing Lessons Learned from the Oklahoma City Bombing”.  Student Nursing Association, Rogers State University, April 2007, 2008.  Oklahoma State Department of Health Injury Prevention Conference, April 2000. Multiple Hospital Settings Nation-wide from 1995 to present.

Continuing Education Activities

Oklahoma Nurses Association & Oklahoma City University – 9th Annual Caring Across Cultures Conference – featuring  Jean Watson, PhD, LHD, RN, FAAN, September 28, 2012

Oklahoma Nurses Association & Oklahoma City University – 7th Annual Caring Across Cultures Conference – featuring Madeleine Leininger, PhD, LHD, DS, RN, CTN, FAAN, October 1, 2010.

Oklahoma Nurses Association, CANE – Coaching Academy for Nurse Educators. Oklahoma City University, July 22, 2010.

Oklahoma Nurses Association, 6th Annual Conference: Critical Thinking Revisited; Developing and Assessing Thinking Skills in Classroom and Clinical Settings. Oklahoma City University, February 26, 2010.

Kramer School of Nursing and Oklahoma Nurses Association

6th Annual Caring across Cultures Conference: The Great Plains: Rural and Native American Health Care Issues, October 2, 2009.

Oklahoma Nurses Association, Test Item Writing, Analysis, and Evaluation: How to Improve Classroom Testing.  Oklahoma City University, September 18, 2009.

Oklahoma Nurses Association, 5TH Annual Caring Nurse Educators Conference: Justice, Incivility, and Interpersonal Relationships. Oklahoma City University, March 6, 2009.

Kramer School of Nursing and Oklahoma Nurses Association: Unity through Diversity, September 26, 2008

Kramer School of Nursing Education Technology Conference: Laptop Use in the Classroom. Oklahoma City University, February 22, 2007.

Integris Baptist Hospital System, Evidence Based Practice at your Fingertips: Poster and Panel Presentations.  Oklahoma City, April 25, 2007.

Oklahoma State University; Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, 10th Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting. Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 8th through June 10th, 2007.

Oklahoma Nurses Association, 4th Annual Conference on Multicultural Health Care: Caring Across Cultures. Oklahoma City University, September 28, 2007.

Dr. Jean Watson, Courage to Care:  Theory of Human Caring.  Oklahoma State University, November 3, 2006.