Ray-Pec senior uses diagnosis to shape future
Katie Hatfield is the 2016 Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship recipient, an award of $2,500. Hatfield is a senior at Raymore-Peculiar High School planning to study nursing at the University of Central Missouri. In high school, Hatfield maintained academic excellence while balancing involvement in several activities, including achievements in music and marching band.
Hatfield’s decision to pursue a career in nursing was largely shaped by a brain tumor diagnosis. She underwent an ablation surgery in December 2014 and was influenced by the several medical appointments and hospital stays that lead up to that surgery.
“I quickly realized the nurses were most responsible for providing my care both physically and emotionally. Their efforts and attitude impacted my life and helped me realize that I wanted to do the same for others,” Hatfield said.
Hatfield hopes to combine her love of science and passion for caring for people while building a career in nursing. She is confident her experiences as a patient will help her empathize with others.
“I looked into others rooms and saw conditions worse than my own,” Hatfield said. “I realized that I need to make the best of what I have and work to comfort others”
“Katie is more than deserving of this scholarship. She has demonstrated the characteristics necessary to be recognized for such an award and I believe she will make a successful and caring nurse,” Cynthia Randazzo, Foundation president, said.
The Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship was created to honor Daniel F. Sheehan. Sheehan was the former CEO of Research Belton Hospital, now Belton Regional Medical Center. The scholarship honors his commitment to improving the health of residents in Cass County.
The Foundation provides scholarships to seniors from Archie, Belton, Cass Midway, Drexel, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Raymore-Peculiar, Sherwood Cass and Grandview High Schools interested in nursing or other health related degrees. Students should apply by March 1.