Denise Short has been a part of the OU College of Nursing since 2008. She supports the goals and operations of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence along with providing overall management for execution of the Center’s goals. In addition, she is responsible for supporting the Reynolds Leadership and doctoral students. Through her studies and research she earned her doctor of education along with gaining an interest in older adulthood issues and lifelong learning.
“I have met so many men and women who persevered in finishing their degree, and for any of our nursing students, I would encourage them to do the same,” said Short. “We need strong health care professionals in clinical and research settings. I would encourage (and Reynolds has) undergraduate and master level students to consider further academic study.” Short believes we live in a time that knowledge is a never-ending resource and those in the health field should continue to search for new information.
In her spare time, Denise serves on a board for a local not-for-profit whose goal is helping the elderly receive supportive services. In addition, Denise is a lifelong learner. She is taking horticulture classes with the plans to learn about horticulture and pet therapy. After retirement, Denise wants to be a part of a therapy team working with individuals in need along with being a proud grandmother spending a lot of time with her four beautiful ‘grands’.