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Alyssa Beasley
January 21, 2021

Real-world training prepares student nurse for success

Berry senior Alyssa Beasley has spent almost two years doing what she loves — being part of a skilled, compassionate team caring for patients. Through Berry’s LifeWorks program, the soon-to-be registered nurse has gained valuable experience as a nurse technician at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Ga.

“This job has allowed me to learn alongside some excellent nurses and provide quality patient care to those in need in the Rome community,” Alyssa says. In 2019, she was one of ten employees to receive the Best of the Best award at Redmond in recognition of her outstanding commitment to patients and care for the community.

Alyssa was able to put her skills to the test, thanks to the rigorous curriculum and training received in Berry’s nursing program. “From the simulation and skills labs on campus, to the relevant and applicable lessons we receive from our great nursing faculty, to the hands-on experience we obtain from local hospitals, it has been such a blessing to receive my nursing degree at a school with so many valuable resources,” she says.

She is quick to credit mentors, including Carrie Barr, a clinical instructor in Berry’s division of nursing. “She has been an excellent advisor throughout the course of the nursing program and has taught me countless lessons by holding herself to the same standards she expects of others,” Alyssa notes. “She is caring, intentional and a true advocate for her patients and students.”

Deeply committed to service, Alyssa has also thrived as a campus leader. In her role as a Leadership Fellow, she spearheaded fundraising events for the Sponsorship of Orphans in Uganda Project (SOUP), a non-profit founded by a Berry alum. After building confidence and demonstrating dedication to her coursework, she took on the job of nursing student mentor, guiding first-year students on the pre-nursing track. And she had a lot of fun representing the Office of Admission, where she advanced from student ambassador to student visit coordinator, while sharpening her communication, time management and organizational skills.

“I have loved every second of telling prospective families about Berry College and helping them find out if Berry is a good fit for them,” she says.

After graduation, Alyssa plans to practice as a registered nurse in the greater Atlanta area, working in a neonatal intensive care unit or cardiac step-down unit. But she is keeping her options open as she gains experience. Down the road, she aims to become a family nurse practitioner.

With 100% of Berry nursing majors gaining employment within three months of graduation, Alyssa can stand confident in her future career: “I am eager to get out there and change the world, providing encouragement and quality healthcare, one patient at a time.”

Written by junior Faythe Choate

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