Like Mother, Like Daughter

  • Date: March 19, 2013
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

NMC nursing students Stephanie Buetel and her step-mother, Julie, share love, laughter and plans for a future are a nurse.

Four Nebraska Methodist College BSN nursing students were featured in Spring 2013 issue of the Methodist Health System The Meaning of Care Magazine. Teresa Zuehlke, Sam Zuehlke, Stephanie Beutel and Julie Buetel are part of two mother-daughter duos currently attending NMC. The four of them sat down with MHS writer Julie Cerney to discuss the their experiences in such a unique situation. 


"My light bulb moment came after I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and couldn't support myself," explained Samantha "Sam" Zuehlke. "I wanted to have a career and really connect with people. I realized I wanted to be a nurse."

This is the career path Sam's mother, Teresa Zuehlke, once imagined for herself.

"I always wanted nursing," said Teresa. After nearly three decades with the phone company, Teresa accepted an early retirement buyout to seek a second career.

"When Mom suggested earning nursing degrees - together - I took her idea and ran with it, researching options and scheduling college visits," Sam said.

Both said they found everything they were looking for at Nebraska Methodist College - The Josie Harper Campus, where nearly 1,000 future healthcare professionals are pursuing degrees, more than half of whom are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The Zuehlkes entered the BSN program in 2011.

In 2012, the BSN program welcomed a second mother-daughter duo: Julie and Stephanie Beutel.

Back To School

"When professors see two Beutels on the roster and ask if we're related, I'm proud to say yes," Stephanie said. "Julie is my step-mom."

The two said they have been close from the start, and, as certified nursing assistants at the same Omaha hospital, both felt a growing passion for nursing. "When we decided to go for our BSNs," Julie said, "we knew we'd go together."

They knew balancing work, studies and family would be challenging, especially for Julie, who is also mom to two school-aged children. "Going back to school together makes it easier," Julie said. "We always have a study partner." 

"And the professors, advisors and staff are so helpful," Stephanie explained. "I'm glad we're here." 


Read "Like Mother, Like Daughter" by Julie Cerney in its entirety in the Spring 2013 issue of The Meaning of Care Magazine


Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College is a fully accredited, private healthcare professions college. NMC, an affiliate of Methodist Health System, is one of the top 25 nursing and allied healthcare colleges in the nation. Located in Omaha, Neb., NMC offers certificate, undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs with several programs and classes available online.