She began to play "nurse" when she was four years old and she nursed everyone who would let her. Nat got extra ice cream sticks from the ice cream man and would use them to check people's throats. Her nickname became Nurse Nat.
Natalie was a good child and never got into any trouble.
She volunteered at the local hospital when she was thirteen and became a candy striper shortly thereafter. All the doctors and nurses at the hospital loved her and said they wished they had 10 more just like her.
She received an academic scholarship for 2/3 of her tuition and the hospital gave her a scholarship for the rest, with one condition; she must maintain a 3.7 GPA. She worked very hard and did just that.
Fresh out of nursing school Natalie was hired to work at the hospital in Oxford, Mississippi. She worked there for 20 years when a new doctor came to the hospital. Natalie had never married and this new doctor kept asking her out and finally she accepted. She fell hard for Dr. Mark Thomas and after dating him for several years she found out that he had a family in another state. She often wondered why he was out of town so much but never did she consider that he was a married man with children. It devastated her and she quit her job because she couldn't handle seeing him every day.
She soon found employment at The Yoknapatawpha Acres nursing home. She was hired to be the head nurse and her duties were many. Natalie very seldom ever smiled and she didn't date anyone else after the good doctor. Her heart was broken but her desire to nurse was still as strong as ever, so she buried herself in her work. She soon found that many people didn't care about being the best they could be; they only wanted a paycheck. She wasn't happy in her job but she felt the residents there really needed her.