Beth Olinger, RN “returned” to Lake Forest Academy this summer as a Registered Nurse for the Health Center after spending nearly a decade as a LFA parent. Beth’s nursing expertise was a mosaic of experiences with the common thread being women and children’s health. She practiced primarily in high-risk labor and delivery, postpartum and recovery, and obstetrical intensive care. Her continuum of practice included newborn nursery and ICU, home visit nursing, orientation leader, childbirth educator, and a highlight to her career was travel nursing. This helped foster her love for travel. And lastly, Beth worked in an outpatient OB/GYN practice and infertility center.
Beth thought this time finalized her nursing career when she and her husband, Joe, moved from her hometown of South Bend, Indiana to Chicago to raise their family. Her new role was at-home mom and volunteer. She has chaired on several platforms at school and in the community, as well as held multiple volunteer positions at LFA and was an executive board officer. Beth and her husband reside in Lake Forest and have three children: Hannah, a 2013 LFA alumna, Sydney, a 2019 LFA alumna, and Maximilian, a senior at Lake Forest High School. The dawning of Beth’s nursing career was during the emergence of the AIDS epidemic and after two decades she returned to her vocation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What has your career path looked like?
The dawning of my nursing career was during the emergence of the AIDS epidemic and after two decades I returned to my vocation during the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to learn, grow, and give at LFA for many more years.
Do you live on campus or nearby?
Our family resides in Lake Forest.
What attracted you to LFA?
Our two daughters graduated from LFA and we loved the community. I wanted to stay in the LFA family and always give back to LFA for all they had given us. I never knew in what capacity I would return to LFA but when this opportunity arose, it seemed like the perfect fit.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
I am most looking forward to less COVID-19 testing and being able to see students' faces and smiles.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Anywhere with my family, but Hawaii, of course.