Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Martha H. Primeaux

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Martha H. Primeaux

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Martha H. Primeaux, currently coordinator of volunteers for Hospice Quality Care, entered the nursing field by accident.

"My major was special education, but I was needing an elective so I enrolled in History of Nursing and fell in love," Primeaux said.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Primeaux received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1963. She was a staff nurse and, then head nurse, for Children's Hospital for four years before receiving her master's from the University of Colorado.

She then began her career at OU as an assistant professor of nursing. When she retired from teaching more than 25 years later, she was associate dean and director of educational programs. Primeaux, a professor emeritus, began working as a volunteer coordinator for Hospice Quality Care in January 2002. She also volunteers her time at the same hospice to sit with terminally ill patients. In addition, she visits patients in two local nursing homes two to three times a month.

Primeaux is a co-author of two books with Dr. George Henderson -- Transcultural Health Care and Monitoring Patients in Health and Illness. She also has had numerous articles published in professional nursing journals and contributed to several nursing texts.

She remains active in the American Nurses' Association, Oklahoma Nurses' Association, University of Oklahoma Alumni Association, Sigma Theta Tau Beta Delta Chapter Honorary Society of Nursing, and is the founder and charter member of the American Indian/Alaskan Native Nurses' Association. She has also volunteered with the National Indian Education Association.

Her civic and nonprofit affiliations includes donating her time with the Central Oklahoma Chapter of Zonta International, a service organization of business and professional women; and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Department of Aging's Older Women Initiative. …

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