on faculty since 2011
M.S.N, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
B.S.N, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1994
“I love any opportunity to use the gifts God has given me as a pediatric nurse practitioner, educator, and simply a woman of God to encourage, teach, and mentor the next generation of nurses,” said Susan Buechele, professor of nursing.
And those opportunities have been abundant. Buechele has 17 years of nursing experience. She has used her gifts in a variety of settings through the years, including volunteer work at several pregnancy centers, where she taught classes for expectant mothers on childbirth and new mothers on infant care as well as shared the gospel and the hope of life with them. She also worked caring for abused, neglected, and drug exposed infants and children at a developmental center in Markham, Illinois.
“God really planted a seed in my heart for the love of children, confirming to me that pediatrics was the population he wanted me to work with,” said Buechele, who acted on that dream and later worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Loyola while pursuing her education to become a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She has worked as a CPNP for 11 years, providing general health maintenance to children, including well-baby examinations, school/sports physicals, sick visits, lactation consultation, and most recently home visits for newborns.
Buechele’s teaching experience ranges from educating parents and patients about various health practices to serving the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in their Reaching Our Goals immunization education program.
“I love to teach at the collegiate level in the field I know and love: pediatrics,” said Buechele. “It gives me great joy to share my knowledge and skills with others, both patients and students. I feel like God’s hand has guided me and blessed me tremendously through my family and occupation.”