Sharon Nield Memorial Award
My name is Katelyn Wallace, and I am honored to be the recipient of the Sharon Nield Memorial Award.
So, why did I become a nurse? In 2008 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was in shock, convinced I was going to lose her. My mom told my brothers and I, “please, do not cry. I am going to be alright. We must be strong for one another.” My mom underwent a mastectomy to completely remove the cancer and affected lymph nodes. I recall being in my mom’s hospital room observing the surgeon’s and nurse’s calm, reassuring demeanor. I admired my mom’s strength and her health care team’s ability to provide compassionate care. I wanted greatly to be that calming presence for others. My mom remains my biggest supporter of pursuing higher education, reminding me, “Katie, whatever you do in this life, make sure you enjoy doing it and the work is important to you.” This life-event was where the seed was planted, and thus sprouted a young nurse. I am happy to report my mom’s cancer has been in remission since her procedure!
I am actively practicing as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta. I am also enrolled in the Post LPN-BN program at Athabasca University. My current studies include Family Health Promotion and Health Assessment. These courses will help establish a firm foundation as I begin nursing practicums next winter.
I am most proud of my dedication to continued learning and my ability to finish what I have started. Once I set my mind to something, anything is possible.
My most sincere and heart-felt appreciation to the donors of the Sharon Nield Memorial Award and the Canadian Nurses Foundation for selecting me as a recipient of this award. Your kindness and generosity allow me, and many students like me to further their education and achieve career goals.
Katelyn Wallace, LPN