Therese Chapman '76 Alumni Spotlight

Get to know alumna Therese Chapman, who graduated from UC College of Nursing with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1976. Since then, she has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and as a school nurse and high school teacher. Now, she spends most of her time with her family and serves as a tutor.

What are some of your favorite academic memories?

Studying and spending time in the lounges at Procter Hall. I also remember working on a project where students had to hypothetically use $500 to settle an Appalachian family in Cincinnati, so we went apartment shopping downtown.

What did you do after you graduated?

I worked at Cincinnati Children’s and began on the evening shift on the step-down unit for cancer and kidney patients. I later transitioned to the X-ray unit and delegated tasks to technicians. I learned how to give IV injections and angiograms to newborns.

I left nursing after I had a son, and then taught abstinence classes to high school kids for 24 years. I also taught high schoolers how to be a nursing assistant/health care assistant and subbed as a school nurse for 17 years.

How did your degree from UC College of Nursing prepare you for your career?

UC’s philosophy was to explain the reasons behind methods. They stressed the importance of a care plan and understanding the reasons for them. Machines and techniques are always evolving, so being able to understand the reasons for doing a task is a skill that will enable you to succeed as a nurse and think critically.

How do you spend your free time?

Babysitting grandchildren, taking care of my parents, Bible study and tutoring. I have five grandkids, all under the age of 7.

What advice do you have for students?

Enjoy the college experience. Study hard to learn and understand the material. It will make it easier to be a nurse in the workplace when you graduate.

UC College of Nursing student Kim Lohbeck interviewed Therese Chapman as part of the Alumni Discovery Project.

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