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2014 - Natasha Richmond

Natasha began her college career at Washington University in hopes of becoming a physician. As she progressed in her coursework she became overwhelmed with the cost of her education. She did not complete her degree but instead, gained employment as a geologist where she worked for 9 years, completing soil samples and writing reports. She enjoyed her work but found that she was drawn to health services and the science of medicine.

Natasha was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January of 2010. She explained that the nurses who cared for her gave her the strength to fight for her cancer. Natasha is an only child and her parents live in Colorado (they relocated there 5 years ago). When she longed to talk to someone about her fears, she leaned on the nurses who were a part of her medical team to give her strength rather than worrying her mom.

It is easy to feel Natasha's passion for nursing and science. Natasha is the nurse who knows how to put your mind at ease when you are scared or need to understand the science behind your treatment. During her interview she spoke about patient dignity, her desire to make an impact and her goal to plant roots in the Kankakee community. She is looking at several RN to BSN programs in her search of the best fit. Natasha plans on becoming a nurse practitioner.