Q&A with Beth VonBuchwald

What do you do here OKWU?

I am an adjunct faculty member for AGS in the School of Nursing.

What do you like most about teaching at OKWU?

There is a spiritual aspect of the mission of the University which I appreciate and can fully support as I interact with students.  The 4 Pillars: The Primacy of Jesus Christ, The Priority of Scripture, The Pursuit of Truth and the Practice of Wisdom, sum up the foundation for a solid education.  As a nurse, these pillars also can easily support one’s practice of nursing.  It’s not hard to support ongoing nursing education on these pillars.  I love the opportunity to interact spiritually with students and encourage them in all aspects of their ongoing pursuit of the degree in nursing.

How did you end up here?

I came originally to teach in the Associate Degree Nursing Program which began in 1993.  Bartlesville and the Wesleyan Church have become home to me over the years.

Where did you originally call home?

I was born and grew up in Philadelphia, PA. I still have family there.

Where did you go to school and what did you study there?

I started my undergraduate education as an English Major at Temple University.  After working as a Nursing Assistant, I switched majors to Nursing and received both my Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing at what was Hahnemann, and now is Drexel University in Philadelphia.  I received my Masters Degree in Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University.

What is your family like?

Both my parents and brother are with the Lord.  I have twin half sisters, one in Arizona, and one in Toronto, Canada.  I have been blessed to develop a wonderful relationship with them and their families more recently.

What hobbies, activities, or topics do you most like spending time on?

My most recent hobby has been studying genealogy.  My great-grandfather fought in the Civil War in the Pennsylvania Cavalry. I want to find out more about him and some of what he did during that time. I have his original discharge papers as well as another artifact of his time in the Military.

What is one interesting fact that many people might not know about you?

I have congenital hydrocephalous, and had a shunt placed in 2013. I am blessed to still be living a full life!

What is the most interesting country you have visited or would like to visit? Why?

The country of Zambia.  I worked there with another denomination in a mission hospital from 1986-1991. The culture and people are warm and welcoming.  The Victoria Falls is also a beautiful memory as I got to visit there once while in Zambia.

If you could go back and meet any one famous historical figure, who would you pick and why?

Florence Nightingale – who was brilliant and did so much to promote modern nursing. I would also love to meet my Great Grandfather, and find out what he did during his time in the military.

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