Kat in front of dragon sculpture

Jul 15, 2019 / Fractures

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Kat Petty, Fracture Clinic

What is your role at the hospital? What do you do on a daily basis? 
I am the R.N. coordinator for the Fracture Clinic at our Frisco campus. I coordinate patients’ needs (orders, medications, supplies, phone calls) and manage the overall flow of the clinic. 

The clinic serves patients that have been injured and may have a fracture. We have walk-in clinic hours from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., as well as scheduled appointments throughout the day. It’s a busy place!

What led you to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children? How long have you worked here?
I have been here for exactly two years. When I was looking to transfer out of the hospital setting, I came across a job posting for Scottish Rite Hospital. I did one of my nursing school clinicals at the hospital back in 2010 and I remembered how great of an experience that was. The building was a happy place, the employees were friendly and of course the popcorn smell wafting through the building left an impression on me!
 
What do you enjoy most about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children?
I really enjoy making a difference in children’s lives. Bonus, the management is unlike any I have worked for!
 
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?
My very first job was when I was 14. I was a daycare worker at a facility that also doubled as a themed party event center on the weekends. My specialty was dressing up as Snow White.
 
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read, spend time with my husband, feed people, craft, travel, volunteer at my church and plan events.
 
Three words to best describe you:
Patient, considerate, disciplined
 
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would be a home decorator or a professional crafter!
 
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
When I was 19, I did a leadership internship and participated in an event called E.S.O.A.L. - Emotionally Stretching Opportunity Of A Lifetime. 
 
This event was fashioned after the Navy Seals boot camp training. For 96 hours, with little to no sleep, we hiked for what felt like a million miles and ran rounds and rounds of obstacle courses. I ate some pretty interesting things (think live mealworms with ketchup and ice cream) and stayed really dirty as we rolled down hills and waded through mud pits. Through the nights, we had sleep-wake cycles: seven minutes to sleep with a rude awakening to jump in a pool of ice water. I’m proud to say that I lasted to the end (only 25% of us made it to the finish line). To date, the hardest and most adventurous thing I have ever done!

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