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 Rosanna Kabatay ’06

A nursing student takes phlebotomy...for herself and her brother: Rosanna enrolled in the phlebotomy program to become a better nursing assistant. But she had more personal reasons, too.

“I have a 25-year-old brother with Down syndrome and he's deathly afraid of needles, so my family (they're all in the medical field) thought that maybe, since I'm his favorite sister, he might let me draw his blood.”

Has he let you? “While I have not yet drawn his blood, we have progressed to the point of him letting me tie on the tourniquet.  I hope one day soon he will let me perform a successful draw on him!”

Just for fun: I adore being around my family and friends, going to sporting events (go Twins and Wild!) or staying in and watching the games on TV, trying the new restaurants around town or visiting our old favorites.

Growing up: Born in Willmar, Minn., Rosanna grew up in the small town of Appleton, on the western border of the state. “I literally attended high school in the middle of a cornfield. While I prefer city life now, I loved growing up in small-town Minnesota.”

Friends would describe me as: For a psychology assignment she had to ask friends to describe her. One said, “Rosanna is a talented, compassionate, friendly, stunning, kind, empathetic, intelligent, Filipina woman with a huge heart."

Why St. Kate’s? “I would definitely recommend this program! I loved the phlebotomy program at St. Kate's.” Rosanna says she was inspired to excel in the field and enjoyed the small class size and personal attention she got from faculty.

Next chapter: “I plan to complete a post-baccalaureate certificate in nursing within two years.”