Tawny Buettner earned her BA in psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University and went on to become a Registered Nurse (RN) after attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities School of Nursing. Before becoming a RN, she worked in several areas of psychological and clinical research as a Site Coordinator and Research Assistant in Maternal-Child health within departments at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her passion in children’s health continued with her nursing career, specializing in caring for neonates admitted to the NICU and eventually managing preoperative and postoperative care for neonates, infants, and children with congenital heart disease. She is a mother of two children who have experienced their own need for hospital and specialist care.
“Two specific events taught me the importance of informed consent for medical treatments during my time at the University of Minnesota. The first was my cousin’s son severe vaccine reaction at 18 months, and the second was my classmate’s son severe reaction at 2 months. Both were directly after receiving vaccinations at their well baby visits, and both were life altering–creating the need for life-long advanced care. These events not only altered the lives of these children, but also the family unit.”