Mother follows daughter’s footsteps in becoming a nurse | News

Instead of a daughter following in her mother’s footsteps, Sonya Bolston Williams and her daughter, Jameria Walker, decided to reverse that tradition.

In return, both got exactly what they hoped to achieve.

Walker, who worked the past several years as a licensed practical nurse, is now a registered nurse (RN), while her mother, who worked as a phlebotomist for the past 26 years, is now a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

For as long as either could remember, they have always aspired to become nurses.

“It’s always been my dream to become a nurse as far as back as I can remember,” said Walker. “It just took me a little longer than I had anticipated. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.”

Walker said she’s just always had a passion for helping others.

“I always saw nursing as a profession that is highly respected and something I wanted to do,” Walker said.

Since Walker was a little girl, she’s always known that nursing was her mother’s dream career.

“She’s always wanted to be a nurse,” Walker said of her mother. “But my mother never really had the opportunity to do it being a single parent. So, I just kept encouraging her because I knew that’s what she really wanted to do.”

Walker said she never gave up in her quest to see her mother’s dream of becoming a nurse come true.

She said she told her mother several times to go back to school.

Her mother finally took her advice after the two of them sat down and put together what Walker described as a game plan.

Williams was unable to enroll in any of the nursing programs around Milledgeville.

But she didn’t give up.

Instead, she pressed on and explored other avenues.

Walker recalled that she and her mother were on vacation together at Myrtle Beach, SC in summer 2020.

“We were on vacation and set my alarm clock and she sat her alarm and I said, ‘Come on Mom, we’re going to complete this application,’” Walker said.

They completed the nursing application shortly after midnight — the time enrollment opened up at Southern Cresant Technical College in Griffin.

“We just both crossed our fingers that she would be accepted,” Walker said.

It was several days before Williams heard anything back from a college admissions representative.

During that time, Williams grew a little discouraged, her daughter regretted.

“But then one day, low and behold, my mama called me and said, ‘I made it; I made it,” Walker said.

As reality set in, Williams wondered what she would do about the job she already had.

Williams said she was elated about her achievement, but explained it couldn’t have happened without the encouragement and financial support of her daughter and son-in-law.

“I still can’t believe this actually happened,” Williams said. “I’m so glad that it did, because this is something I always wanted to do.

“They’ve been so good to me,” Williams said, noting she plans to work with hospice patients.

Walker said the field of nursing inspires her to do her best – not sometimes, but all of the time, because she realizes it’s making a difference when it comes to helping people who are sick.

“It’s very rewarding and promising,” Walker said. “Although I don’t work in traditional health care anymore, bedside nursing is always where my heart lies.”

The mother-daughter team, who describe themselves as best friends, are recent graduates of the Southern Cresant Technical College Nursing Program.

Walker, a 2009 graduate of Baldwin High School, had previously worked as an LPN for six years and now lives in McDonough.

She moved from Milledgeville to attend classes to become an LPN. It took 12 months. During her years as an LPN, Walker worked at The Retreat Nursing Home in Monticello for three years, and after moving from Milledgeville to McDonough, she began working for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.

The company manufactures plasma, which Walker said has been “very influential” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The plasma that we collect helps people with compromised immune systems, as well as those battling COVID-19,” Walker said, noting it feels awesome to give back to others fighting the disease.

She still works for that same company, but not as an LPN, but instead as a registered nurse. She recently graduated from the same college where she earned her LPN degree.

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