Effective July 24, 2020, Kyle Leemaster, Director of Nursing, has been appointed to serve as a board member on the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The eleven-member board is appointed by the Governor and is made up of six registered nurses, three licensed practical nurses, and two citizens of the State who represent the public. All members serve for a term of five years.
The Oklahoma Board of Nursing was established to safeguard the public health and welfare of the residents of Oklahoma by ensuring that any person who practices or offers to practice registered nursing, practical nursing, or advanced practice nursing in Oklahoma is competent to do so. Functions of the Board include prescribing standards for nursing education programs, approving or withdrawing approval of nursing education programs, administering the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered and practical nursing, and overseeing licensure of all qualified applicants.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the state in this capacity. I most look forward to serving alongside my nursing peers from across the state and together, through regulation of nursing practice and nursing education, ensuring patients receive the quality of care Oklahomans expect and deserve,” said Leemaster.
Kyle joined Bethany Children’s Health Center as Director of Nursing in May of 2016 after serving as Clinical Manager of the Pediatric Medical Unit at The Children’s Hospital at OUMS. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma.
Bethany Children’s Health Center is incredibly proud of Kyle’s appointment to the Board of Nursing. He has a true passion for nursing and consistently demonstrates his commitment to upholding the highest standards of care for our patients, and now for all Oklahomans. We know Kyle will be a tremendous asset to the Board and will serve his term with honor and integrity.