ASN, Gulf Coast Community College
BSN, University of North Florida
MSN, Jacksonville University
DNP, Union University
PhD, pursuing at University of South Carolina
What classes do you teach at Anderson
Undergraduate & Graduate Nursing courses, AU Abroad courses & Contemporary Issues courses
What year did you start teaching at AU
Why teach at AU?
I teach at AU because the university is founded on strong Christian principles.
I enjoy traveling and singing. I am passionate about camp experiences for kids.
Notable achievements outside of discipline
I serve on the Association of Camp Nurses executive board. I volunteer for Camp McCall as the director of the health center. I serve as an officer for Gamma Mu, a local chapter of Sigma, a nursing honor society.
People might be interested to know I...
I love adventure! I enjoy high ropes courses, whitewater rafting, any type of outdoor adventure! Camp nursing is a passion of mine.
Places you've lived
Germany, Florida, South Dakota, Alabama & South Carolina
What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?
Being able to instill a Christian Worldview into what I teach.
What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.
Nursing is more than just taking care of people. Nurses are highly skilled professionals.
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
I teach mostly online so interactive online classes
I have written many articles that address camp nursing as a specialty.
Sometimes it's just the sound of their voices.
In 2012, Beth Schultz took six nursing students to serve at a girls' camp in northern Florida. Everyday when the campers walked from their cabin, she listened to their voices. She could gauge how they were doing, by how loud they sang.
"The louder they are, the better off they are," said Schultz, an associate professor in the School of Nursing.
Before joining Anderson University in 2012, Schultz established a camp nurse program at Camp WorldLight, a Southern Baptist girls' camp in Marianna, Florida. For six years she brought nursing students to the camp to gain experience in pediatric nursing. The program exposed students to an independent nursing practice in which nurses—versus doctors—are the primary healthcare providers. Moreover, it exposed students to an area of nursing they may not have considered, Schultz said. The internship also gave students an opportunity to renew their relationship with God and be open to a call to medical missions. Schultz hopes to start a similar camp nurse internship with Anderson students.
In addition to creating such innovative clinical experiences, Schultz, a 20-year teaching veteran, also has a measurable record as an effective educator. A critical thinking assessment she implemented as part of the admission process at First Coast Technical College in Florida boosted the grads' nursing licensure exam (NCLEX) scores above the national average.
Schultz decided to become a nurse when she was a teenager. She was moved by how medical staff cared for her mother during her treatment for breast cancer. "I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of patients," she said.
Schultz received an associate's degree in nursing from Gulf Coast Community College and then studied at the University of North Florida, where she earned a bachelor's degree in nursing. She also holds a master's degree in nursing with an emphasis in education from Jacksonville University.
Before teaching at Anderson, Schultz served as an OB/GYN nurse at hospitals in northern Florida and South Carolina. She taught and managed nursing programs at First Coast before moving to South Carolina to teach at TriCounty Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina. At Anderson, Schultz teaches Foundations in Nursing (NUR 320) and Childbearing (NUR 420).
Schultz is committed to being a supportive teacher. "A professor," she says, "can either cement students' commitment to the profession or have a negative impact on their confidence and make them question the decision to be a nurse."
The Panama City, Florida, native and her husband, Paul, have lived on a 21-acre farm in Anderson since 2006. They are the parents of four, who range from teenagers to 20-somethings: Joshua, Jacob, Lauren and Timothy. In addition to teaching, volunteering as a camp nurse, and spending time with family, Schultz enjoys singing with Greenville In Harmony Show Chorus, a barbershop group that performs in Greater Greenville, South Carolina.