elizabeth meyer-arnold, nurs '72
Beth has been passionate about her work from the beginning. She remembers the day of her first rotation at Milwaukee’s Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
“I was nearly stuck with a thunderbolt and realized, ‘I loved this!’” she says. “I couldn’t wait to get started with my patients.”
Today, as director of Luther Manor Adult Day Services in Milwaukee, Beth remains passionate about her work in a nationally replicated program for person-centered dementia care, as well as a rural health ministry program for cognitive and developmentally delayed adults.
Beth sees nursing and her relationships with patients as similar to dancing. Referring to Joyce Rupp’s book, May I Have this Dance, in which the author talks about God inviting people to a relationship that resembles dance and movement, she says, “Sometimes we’re not sure if we know or like the music, if we should lead or follow, or even if we really want to be that close to someone. I think of the Christian education that I received in the College of Nursing as my first professional dancing instructor. I didn’t always see opportunities for what they were, but Marquette taught me not to be afraid if the music was unfamiliar.”
Beth has completed research in independence in activities of daily life in nursing homes, bathing experiences of persons with dementia, caregiver use of overnight respite and, most recently, the design and organizational implications of incorporating person-centered care in adult day centers. Through her research, presentations and community involvement, Beth invites others to the dance as well.