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Faculty Spotlight: Megan Steele

Panhandle State Communications  on 07/01/2021

Megan Steele is a Nebraska native that pursued a career in Nursing which also brought the opportunity to teach at Panhandle State. She started as an adjunct professor and in the Fall of 2018 become a full-time Instructor for the RN to BSN Program.

Steele received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Panhandle State in 2012 and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Northeastern State University. After obtaining her master's, she was exploring options when she came across the opportunity to teach in the adjunct position at OPSU.

Panhandle State was a great influence on not only her education but also how she would continue in her techniques of teaching. She said, “My OPSU professors had high standards and the classes were rigorous. These same professors were also very understanding when a family emergency occurred and worked with me on assignment due dates so I could still be successful. Because of my professors’ knowledge, standards, and understanding that life happens, it sparked an interest in me to obtain my Master’s degree to teach and help other nursing students.”

Currently pursuing her doctorate in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Steele can see the advantage a small university like OPSU can bring to students. Steele commented, “My favorite thing about OPSU is the dedication the staff and faculty have towards the students. Whether students are online or in person, every staff and faculty member strives to make their time with OPSU the best that it can be. This is a quality that is not seen or reciprocated at other universities.”

When Steele is not focused on her dissertation, she is a part-time nurse at their kids' school. She and her husband, Matthew, have three children and are expecting twins in August. Steele has a passion for her community as well as teaching. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and engaging in American History and politics. She states, “When our children are grown, my dream is to serve our community or state in some political capacity. “