Opportunity to Care
"This scholarship means the world to me. It means my future career, it means the families I can comfort will be comforted, and it means that I can grow to my full potential as a nurse at the school I love,” said senior nursing major and Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship in Nursing recipient Maggie McDaniel.
McDaniel knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was a child. “I have always told my family that I wanted to be a pediatric nurse. I believe this was because of my close relationship with my pediatrician,” said McDaniel. But when her mother was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment, her focus changed. “I started to go to every appointment with her, and I always accompanied her for chemotherapy. After she went through hospice care, I realized my true calling was not in pediatrics but hospice and elderly care,” said McDaniel.
Thanks to Radford University’s nursing program, McDaniel was exposed to many areas of the nursing profession. “During this last semester, my community clinical is in hospice care. Working with a hospice nurse has truly solidified my love for the dying patient. I enjoyed being with the family to educate and comfort them as their loved one is passing. Dying is a part of life, and the patient should be treated with dignity and respect during this time,” said McDaniel.
McDaniel applied to the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship because she needed the financial help. “In order to finish the nursing program, I needed a loan or a scholarship,” said McDaniel. She hopes the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation knows how much their support means to students like her. “From the bottom of my heart I truly thank you. I would not be graduating with a BSN RN if it weren’t for the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship,” said McDaniel.
She hopes to work at Sentara Hospital in Virginia Beach as a nurse upon graduation. “Once I am comfortable with patient care in all different areas of nursing, I will then pursue a career as a hospice nurse,” said McDaniel.