North Texas CNLA Chapter Awards 2020 Kate Watts Memorial Scholarship

PRESS RELEASE 02/20/2020

The North Texas Chapter of the CNLA would like to recognize the two recipients of the 2020 Kate Watts Memorial Scholarship – Kelley Cartwright and Mayuri Patel. The scholarship was open to any practicing CNL, regardless of chapter affiliation, and covered the complete registration fees for the recipients.

Kate Watts was a Clinical Nurse Leader employed by Texas Health Resources on an acute oncology unit. She was diagnosed with a rare, highly aggressive form of inflammatory breast cancer shortly after graduation from Texas Christian University’s CNL program. Kate underwent extensive chemotherapy, surgical interventions and radiation treatments including trial studies at MD Anderson. She never gave up and continued to work as a CNL while fighting the cancer. When Kate’s cancer metastasized to her liver and pain management became difficult, she had the extremely difficult conversation with her daughter, age 10, and received care from Hospice until her fight was lost. Kate was only 45 at the time of her death, she loved being a nurse and loved her practice as a CNL.

The members of the North Texas Chapter of the CNLA are hopeful that they will continue to be  able to give back to the CNL community of professionals in the future.