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Tawni Buente

School of Life and Health Sciences


M.S.N., 2011, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S.N., 1997, Olivet Nazarene University

Professor Buente joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2015. Currently, she teaches community health nursing and leads a level 2 clinical at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee. In addition, she teaches online and in the classroom for Global Community. A registered nurse, she also holds a CPR certification and is an instructor for the American Red Cross. 

From 2011 to 2015, Professor Buente was an adjunct instructor for Olivet, leading a level 1 clinical at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. She also taught online global for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

She has worked professionally as a nurse since 1997 and received her license as a registered nurse in 2009. Her experience also includes nursing and nurse management in long term care settings with both the developmentally disabled and the elderly populations. In 2012, she entered the field of school nursing.

In 2007, Professor Buente received the Qualified Mental Retardation Professional of the Year Award. As a group home manager, she received this award for receiving a perfect rating from surveys submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health. She was also recognized by the home’s managing corporation for her excellence in following the corporate policies and regulations governing its 120 facilities statewide.

Reading and singing are two of her favorite leisure activities. During her years as an undergraduate student at Olivet, she sang with Orpheus Choir. She and her family attend First Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee.

Professor Buente and her husband, Kyle, were married in 2000. They are the parents of two children, David and Kaylynn. Family time also includes their three Dachshunds, a Siberian Husky and two rescued cats.



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