Troy Students Proud to Follow in Their Nana’s Nursing Footsteps

Two Chamberlain College of Nursing students are especially grateful for the lessons they learned from their Nana.

Madison Moore and Amanda Beauchamp are currently enrolled at Chamberlain’s Troy campus, following in the footsteps of their grandmother, Marianne Prokopy. Marianne graduated from Deaconness College of Nursing more than 60 years ago, long before it was renamed as Chamberlain College of Nursing, and she’s extremely proud to see two of her granddaughters – plus a third, who’s already a nurse at Vanderbilt in Nashville – carry on a legacy of care for their communities.

By the time Madison and Amanda were old enough to think about careers, they had a good idea of what it takes to be a nurse from watching their Nana. She spent more than 18 years as an emergency room nurse and a decade as a perioperative nurse. While she’s retired today, Marianne still gives back to her community by volunteering at a local indigent clinic.

“My Nana got me interested in nursing when I was 15 and shadowed her at work at an outpatient clinic in Florida,” said Madison. “She was the first person I told when I was accepted at Chamberlain, and she was so proud to see me attending her alma mater she cried.”

marianne-prokopyWhen Marianne recently visited Chamberlain’s Troy campus to see her granddaughters, she marveled at the resources available to nursing students today. Not only can they access volumes of information and sources at the click of a button online, they also have the chance to practice real medical scenarios like childbirth and cardiac arrest at Chamberlain’s SIMCARE CENTER™. However, while the training opportunities have advanced, the fundamental skills and focus on patient care have remained at the core of Chamberlain’s nursing education.

“So far, I’ve learned that nursing is about doing everything you can for patient safety and comfort,” said Madison. “Whether it’s double-checking a medication, making sure the call light is in place, or spending time talking to an anxious patient, sometimes the extra step to let the patient know they are being cared for can make all the difference in their recovery.”

“Many things have changed from metal bedpans to the uniform, but the form of nursing and caring for your patients remains the same,” Marianne added.

When it comes to giving her granddaughters advice, Marianne tells them to study hard and learn as much as they can during clinicals, which she said was her favorite and most valuable learning experience over the course of her studies.

But most importantly, Marianne emphasizes the importance of following their gut instinct. She tells her granddaughters if they know something is wrong or needs to be checked again, they shouldn’t hesitate to go the extra mile and do the job right.

Having Marianne as a coach, cheerleader and support system is making all the difference for Madison and Amanda’s nursing experience.

“I am extremely honored to know I’m following in Nana’s footsteps, and it makes me work even harder,” Madison said. “She’s my inspiration. I can’t wait to finish my degree and finally practice nursing. Like my Nana, I want to work in the emergency room and get the experience of treating virtually every illness.”

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