The Hinshaw family of Morrow, Ga., a mother and daughter team, are both currently attending Clayton State University striving to earn their BSN degrees.
Laura Hinshaw earned an associate’s degree in nursing in 1983 from Clayton State and recently returned to her alma mater to enroll in the RN-to-BSN program.
“I consider myself a prudent nurse. I care about my patients and I want to do the right thing at all times. I chose to obtain my BSN because it is evidence-based that the BSN nurse achieves better patient outcomes,” says Hinshaw, who has worked as a RN for 28 years.
Hinshaw, who currently works at Southern Regional Medical Center as charge nurse for the orthopedic/neurological floor, has been an inspiration for her daughter who is pursuing her own BSN.
“I am proud of her choice for profession. I can truly see that it is what God intended her to be. In her, I see compassion and a deep desire to learn and understand the concepts and knowledge needed to care for patients,” she says.
“My mom never pressured me to become a nurse. Although once she noticed that I sparked an interest for nursing she began listing the pros to becoming a nurse. My mom and I are very similar and I was influenced by my mom’s passion for patient care,” says Anna Hinshaw.
Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the RN-BSN program, Dr. Karen Weaver, has had both mother in daughter in the classroom since they have began their journey toward their degrees.
“They are both pleasant, conscientious, responsible, and extremely bright students! Laura is an outstanding registered nurse and I’m certain Anna will be an exceptional nurse, too,” says Weaver, who will have Laura in two courses in the spring 2011 semester.
Weaver knows firsthand what it feels like to have your child follow in your footsteps; her daughter graduated in 2006 from Clayton State’s School of Nursing.
“She had always wanted to become a nurse and when circumstances in her life were such that she could attend school fulltime, she did so and graduated at age 39 with her BSN. I think there is no greater honor than to have a child follow in the footsteps of a parent,” says Weaver.