Title: Registered Nurse (Retired)
Company: Turner O’Bleness Foundation
Location: Oracle, Arizona, United States
Michael O’Bleness, Retired Registered Nurse at Turner O’Bleness Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing education.
Following obtaining a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in biology in 1984 from The University of Texas at Tyler, Mr. O’Bleness followed with Bachelor of Science in nursing at the aforementioned university in 1986. He later continued his education with a Master of Business Administration in 1997 from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and a Master of Science in nursing education in 2014 from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in applied doctorate nursing.
After providing superior care as a nurse for over three decades, Mr. O’Bleness excelled as a registered nurse educator from 2000 to 2001 with Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, as a contracted registered nurse from 2008 to 2013 with Aureus Medical Group, a leading medical staffing agency, and as a staff registered nurse from 2013 to 2021 with interventional cardiology and radiology, Kaiser Permanente. In 2017, he founded the Turner O’Bleness Foundation, a family partnership organization that focuses on philanthropic endeavors striving to aid local communities.
Keenly involved in nursing instruction, Mr. O’Bleness has been a member of the Kaiser Napa-Solano Area Ethics Committee with Kaiser Permanente; an adjunct instructor with the associate degree nursing program with Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California; and an adjunct instructor with the outreach program with Highland County Community College in Highland, Kansas. In addition, he has served as an adjunct instructor with the associate degree nursing program with Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California and a teaching assistant in the clinical simulation lab at Contra Costa. His professional memberships have included the American Heart Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Mr. O’Bleness started with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in biology, with most of his interest in neurophysiological psychology. As he was trying to figure out which field to enter, his wife at that time, who was in the healthcare field, suggested that he should check out the nursing program. He describes himself as an “existential phenomenologist of professional leadership and education” and intends in the coming years to dedicate his efforts as an educator to creating an environment for fostering critical thinking, reflection, and personal growth.
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