For the next 25 years, a new scholarship in honor of a former World War II Army nurse will help a single parent who is a student at St. Petersburg College pursue the dream of a nursing degree.
The Pat Sattler RN Nursing Scholarship, established at the St. Petersburg College Foundation, honors Patricia Price Sattler, who died in 2011 at the age of 88. In 1942, she joined the Army Nurses Corp. She was assigned to Cushing Army Hospital, a major center for the rehabilitation of injured GIs.
She became an evening charge nurse in the paraplegic unit, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Manny, who had suffered a spinal cord injury when his tank was blown up in Germany.
After the war, her husband became one of the founders of the Wheelchair Basketball League, which traveled the country performing in exhibitions.
She was proud of the Army nursing service. When they moved to Florida, she continued her nursing career at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, where she remained for 25 years until she retired at the age of 70. She retained a love for the “old school” nursing caps, starched white uniforms and polished white shoes. Her nursing students considered her formidable, even though she stood just 5 feet tall.
The scholarship honors her proud service in the Army and civilian life.