Mother and daughter, Laura Hinshaw (left) and Anna Hinshaw are currently striving to achieve a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree, from Clayton State University. Laura Hinshaw is a registered nurse, and has inspired her daughter to follow in her footsteps.
By Mehgaan Jones
Like mother, like daughter. Forty-eight-year-old Laura Hinshaw, who has been a registered nurse for 28 years, is back in school, working to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.
Often sitting in those same Clayton State University classrooms, is her 22-year-old daughter, Anna Hinshaw, who also is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN).
Both women have a passion for the nursing field and a desire to care for patients.
"I consider myself a prudent nurse," said Laura Hinshaw. "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."
According to a media statement from Clayton State University Spokesperson Erin Fender, Laura Hinshaw has been a registered nurse, or RN, for nearly 30 years, and through her passion and dedication for her work, has been an inspiration to her daughter.
"I am proud of her choice of profession," the elder Hinshaw said. "I can truly see that it is what God intended for her to be," added Hinshaw, who currently works as a charge nurse on the orthopedic/neurological floor, at Southern Regional Medical Center, in Riverdale.
She earned an associate's degree in nursing, in 1983, from Clayton State University and recently returned to her alma mater for the RN-to-BSN program-- a program for registered nurses, who are graduates of associate degree-or diploma-nursing programs.
Hinshaw's daughter, Anna, is a senior nursing student, who said she never felt pressure from her mother to follow in her same career path.
"My mom never pressured me to become a nurse," said Anna Hinshaw. She added that once her mother noticed her interest in nursing, the mother began to educate the daughter about the benefits of nursing.
She said her mother's zeal for patient care was a big influence on her.
Dr. Karen Weaver, associate professor of nursing, and director of the RN-BSN program, has had both mother and daughter in her classroom, since they began their journey toward their degrees, according the statement from Fender.
"They are both pleasant, conscientious, responsible, and extremely bright students," said Weaver. "Laura is an outstanding registered nurse, and I'm certain Anna will be an exceptional nurse, too," she added.
According to Fender, Dr. Weaver knows first-hand how it feels to have a child of hers follow in her footsteps. Her daughter graduated, in 2006, from the Clayton State University School of Nursing.s
"I think there is no greater honor than to have a child follow in the footsteps of a parent," Weaver said.