Katalina Padilla: Being the Change

Nyack College School of Nursing student, Katalina Padilla of Las Cruces, New Mexico exemplifies the power of “being the change you want to see in the world.” Determined to do her part to build on the existing relationship between the College and Nyack Hospital, she organized a campus campaign to support Breast Cancer awareness last fall.

Also a member of Nyack’s softball team, she engaged Nyack Warrior sports teams to donate funds raised at volleyball, soccer, basketball games to the Nyack Hospital Breast Center. Coined as “Pink Out” games, the Center received proceeds from student, faculty, staff and parent admission tickets and the sales of pink T-shirts, emblazoned with the words, “Warriors Fight Strong.”

Katalina was invited to attend a staff meeting at the Breast Center where she explained to Breast Center medical and support personnel about Nyack’s Pink Out games. She presented an oversized pink replica of a check to Nyack Hospital administrators. (pictured l-r: Chief Development Officer, Johnnie Malloy; Director of Breast Imaging, Dr. Shari E Siegel-Goldman; Katalina Padilla; Director of Breast Surgery and Medical Director of the Breast Center, Dr. Robbi Kempner and Administrative Director of Breast and Women’s Services, Lori Swanson.) The presentation check was donated by local print vendor in downtown Nyack, Harrington Press.

Dr. Kempner commended Nyack College for the outreach and praised Katalina for her initiative and hard work to organize the project.

About her connection to Nyack Hospital Katalina explains, “I did a maternity rotation on the labor and delivery floor during the second semester of my junior year, which consisted of prenatal care through postpartum care, including handling newborns.”

Capitalizing on her college experience, she shares, “Since I entered nursing school, every holiday break, I have gone home to Las Cruces and worked at Memorial Medical Center (MMC) beginning as a certified nursing assistant and now, a patient care technician in their “float pool.” The float pool status indicates that she was trained in every unit of the six-floor hospital and could serve wherever staff was needed on the night shift.

What’s next? Katalina says, “After graduation, I plan to return home and work for MMC’s intensive care unit (ICU) registered nurse residency program.