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Sandra Kay Oliver

Sandra Kay Oliver, American nursing researcher. Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, Central Nervous System. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award, University Texas Medical Branch, 2001.


  • Oliver, Sandra Kay was born on October 20, 1945 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States. Daughter of John Walthall and Miriam (Garrick) Oliver.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of science in nursing, University Texas Medical Branch, 1967. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1981.


    • Staff nurse University Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, 1971-1981. Assistant professor University Iowa, 1971-1981, University South Carolina, Columbia, 1981-1982. Associate professor South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, 1983-1984, Texas Woman's University, Dallas, 1984-1986.

      Assistant professor Texas Agricultural and Mechanical Health Science Center, Temple, since 1990. Temple site MSN & Doctor of Philosophy coordinator Texas Agricultural and Mechanical at Corpus Christi, since 1992. Research associate Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple, since 1986.

    Major achievements

    • Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, Central Nervous System.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: United Methodist


    President Agens Waddson chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Belton, Texas, 1992—1993. Adult leader Tigertown 4H, 1987—1996. District commissioner Heart of Texas Council Boy Scouts American, Waco, 1992—1994.

    Lay leader 1st United Methodist Church, Temple, since 1993, director layspeaking central Texas Conference. Member of Texas Nurses Association (president district VII 1991-1993, government affairs committee since 1993, board governors 1999—2002), Texas League for Nursing (president 1993-1995), National League Nursing (southern region representative council constituent leagues, board governors 1999—2002), Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Lambda Theta, Sigma Theta Tau (Excellence in Research award Epsilon Theta chapter 1995).


    • Married R. Wayne Matthews, December 28, 1977. Children: Joseph Lenear Oliver Matthews, Miriam Elizabeth Oliver Matthews.
    • father: John Walthall Oliver
    • mother: Miriam (Garrick) Oliver
    • spouse: R. Wayne Matthews
    • children: Joseph Lenear Oliver Matthews Oliver
    • Miriam Elizabeth Oliver Matthews Oliver
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    Born October 20, 1945
    (age 72)