SNU Student Serves in Christian Pre-Healthcare Provider Internship

For the second year, The Consortium of Oklahoma Faith-Based Universities has partnered with the Butterfield Memorial Foundation by offering the Christian Pre-Healthcare Provider Internship. This six-week internship for students pursuing a healthcare career works with faith-based clinics in Oklahoma City that service at-risk residents to encourage graduating health care providers to serve the growing number of Oklahomans who cannot access health care through traditional means.

In the photo second from the right is SNU student CJ Hornback with fellow interns

SNU Student CJ Hornback was one of six students from the consortium of five faith-based universities in Oklahoma selected to participate. Hornback described her experience as transformational. “I not only learned about healthcare, but this was also a great opportunity for personal growth. On the medical side, I learned how to triage patients and perform standard laboratory tests,” she said. “From shadowing the providers to working at the front desk, I learned how the various roles within a family practice setting are integrated to form a functional clinic. I loved seeing how God is at work within these healthcare settings that value spiritual as well as physical health.”

For Hornback, the internship was paramount in increasing her understanding of Oklahoma’s large sector of uninsured individuals and her passion for serving this at-risk population. Amanda Six, SNU’s participant from last summer, found the experience similarly transforming and is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Sciences through the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

Students completed three different two-week rotations at Open Arms Clinic, Good Shepherd Ministries, and Crossings Community Clinic, shadowing medical providers and assisting the medical staff by providing basic clinic needs. This rotation schedule provided the greatest exposure to the diversity of people served at the clinics. Students also explored other organizations, like the Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma, Ministries of Jesus, and Butterfield Foundation, to gain exposure to additional opportunities for low-income health care.

This internship evolved from the desire of the Butterfield Foundation to encourage young Christians in healthcare education toward practice in Christian and charitable care settings in Oklahoma City and throughout the state. John Martin, Program Director of the Butterfield Foundation, believes that the internship is the best opportunity for students to discover they can serve God in Oklahoma by providing access to quality healthcare.

The Butterfield Memorial Foundation is a Christian charitable organization serving community health needs in harmony with the tenets of the Free Methodist Church of North America. Funding for the 2014 Summer Christian Pre-Healthcare Provider Internships is provided through a $11,000 grant administered by SNU, for the benefit of the Consortium of Faith-Based Universities, by the Butterfield Memorial Foundation.

Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to transform lives through higher education in a Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.