NIU nursing alumna talks about her career path

When Spring Piatek was treated for Kawasaki disease at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago at age 4, she remembers a nurse staying with her in the middle of the night to tend to her fever.

The nurse gave her a grape Popsicle to soothe her raw throat from crying and reduced her fever by placing cool rags on her forehead. She sat by her side and talked with her to calm her down.

“It was a simple act, but something that I remember to this day,” said Piatek, who recovered from Kawasaki, an inflammatory disease that primarily affects children under age 5. “That act of serving and comforting the ill is what led me to become a nurse.” Continue reading about Piatek’s journey on

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