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Lacy Beeler

Lacy Beeler, '19
OCU Kramer School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Current Master of Science in Nursing, Education emphasis

Lacy Beeler has a unique workload unlike most nurses.

Beeler has balanced playing volleyball and studying nursing since she arrived at Oklahoma City University. Her workload this semester has included volleyball, school and working at the intensive care unit at OU Medical Center.

Beeler, an outside hitter from Jenks, Okla., earned her nursing degree and became a licensed registered nurse in the fall. This spring, she has started a master’s degree in nursing education and has been preparing for her senior season coming in the fall.

In the fall, Beeler spearheaded the Stars to a banner year. Oklahoma City (34-4) boasted of a school-record .895 winning percentage to rank fourth in the NAIA in that category and wins this season. The Stars equaled their single-season mark for victories, reeled off a school-record 33-match winning streak and matched their deepest run in the NAIA Championships to the round of 16.

OCU swept the Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships for the fourth consecutive year. Beeler became all-region, first-team all-conference, all-tournament in the SAC Tournament and two-time SAC attacker of the week in 2019.

Beeler collaborates with her professors and coach Kristen Coventon to fulfill her commitments. “You have to have a lot of communication,” Beeler said. “Everyone has to have understanding and time management. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m where I want to be. I’m able to be a nurse and play volleyball. My coach is always super understanding and puts my academics first. It’s more of peers communicating together than a professor and student.”

Beeler had been recruited to join the OCU volleyball team, but she entered college at the University of Oklahoma. She eventually came to OCU to compete on the volleyball court and study at the Kramer School of Nursing.

“I missed the sport and loved the sport,” Beeler said. “When I had the opportunity to come here and play volleyball and go to an amazing nursing school, it wasn’t a decision anymore.”

Beeler’s first job was as a nursing assistant at Eastern Oklahoma Wellness Center in Tulsa, Okla. Now she helps others as a nurse in the OU Medical Center ICU. “I can’t speak for everyone or OU Medical Center, but it’s just been stressful with everything going on,” Beeler said. “It is the unknown, the waiting and the overwhelming nature of everything. It seems like we learn new things every day.”