Position: 
Adjunct Faculty
Department: 
Credentials: 
  • 2015, D.N.P., University of St. Francis
  • 1999, Post-Master’s F.N.P., Illinois State University
  • 1998, M.S.N. (Nursing Administration), Bradley University
  • 1993, B.S.N., Illinois Wesleyan University

Dr. Mary Beth Lewis is a doctorally prepared advanced practice nurse certified as a family and gerontological nurse practitioner.  She is an adjunct faculty member who has over 23 years of nursing experience.  Her clinical work has been on an acute inpatient comprehensive rehabilitation unit managing the continuum of care from young adults to centenarians with multiple acute and chronic conditions and functional deficits.  Since 2001, Dr. Lewis has been a certified rehabilitation registered nurse. She also received certification in wound, ostomy, and continence and worked as an advanced practice nurse in long-term care facilities promoting wound management.

Dr. Lewis is currently teaching two FNP courses at ONU.  These include the FNP Practicum and the Chronic Adult and Geriatric Therapeutics and Management course.

Dr. Lewis earned her DNP from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL., in May 2015.  During her doctoral education, she and a peer co-authored and published, Spirituality as a Coping Mechanism for Chronic Illness, in Clinical Scholars Review.  Her doctoral thesis entitled, The Role of Spirituality in Coping with Chronic Illness:  What Health Care Providers Need to Know For Advance Directive Decision Making, will be published in the Fall 2016 issue of The Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice.

Dr. Lewis has also been a nursing textbook consultant for Elsevier and adjunct faculty member at other nursing institutions. In addition, she has presented on various topics including neurological exams, stroke, the role of the advanced practice nurse, and spirituality in nursing.

A strong belief in the Lord is Mary Beth’s strength and foundation in life.  She and her family are dedicated to living Christian values.  She is married to Scott who is employed by Caterpillar.  They have a 12 year-old daughter who is in 8th grade and involved in volleyball and cheerleading.  Mary Beth has a 21 year-old son who attends college.  She also has a 25 year-old step-daughter who is a college graduate and recently married.  Mary Beth and Scott are also foster parents and have had several children placed in their loving home.  Three dogs namely, Hope, Cinnamon, and Josie, also are part of Mary Beth’s family.

Dr. Lewis may be contacted at melewis@olivet.edu