Sheryl Buckner, PhD, RN, ANEF
Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing
Dr. Buckner teaches at the University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Nursing specializing in education, technology and interprofessional collaboration. She's a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education for her work in Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps ( and Nursing Initiative Promoting Immunization Training ( She's a National Advisory Committee member working with APTR, CDC, and AACN in developing Immunization Resources for Undergraduate Nursing ( She has been a member of OU Interprofessional Educators and Practitioners Association (IEPA) since 2017. In 2021, Dr. Buckner was part of a team awarded OU IEPA Team of the Year for their interprofessional work.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

This project addresses the conference theme of “Innovations in Interprofessional Learning: in Practice and/or Education.” Students who desire leadership positions or in various health administration programs often do not work together until they have graduated and are working in healthcare settings. This is a disadvantage for them when they work in resolving urgent matters within healthcare. Our hope was that students would develop confidence in learning about and from each other, and practicing with each other. They would apply what they learned in their programs in a simulated practice…
Few healthcare caregivers receive formal training about end-of-life (EOL) communication skills. Given the growing population of patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses, caregivers in all professions need to be comfortable at leading a difficult conversation. Historically, EOL conversations have been led by physicians. Other healthcare professionals including nurses and psychosocial providers bring a unique perspective to these conversations but are often excluded. Not only do these providers have diverse understandings about the patient and family based on their training and role in…