A collection: 10 Racine area nurses share their stories | Local News – Get a quote in 2 minutes

Debbie Perkins liked the law, but she didn't like it. It was breastfeeding that caught her attention and filled her heart. "As long as I remember I wanted to be a nurse," said Perkins, who was born and raised in Racine. "My heart was always breastfeeding." After graduating from Park High School, Perkins worked as a legal secretary for attorney Theodore Harris until his death, then for the Thompson and Coates law firm for several years, but those jobs did not satisfy her. need to help people. She received a four-year nursing scholarship through Wheaton's Franciscan health care while she was enrolled in the nursing program at UW-Parkside, a UW-Milwaukee consortium program, and has worked as a nurse for the past 23 years. She has worked as an ascension nurse triage for the past 18 years. "Nursing is a call," he said. "It doesn't look like a job. It comes so naturally. I love helping others. I love doing the job." Last summer, one of Perkins' oldest friends, Teresa McMorris, got sick, underwent a major surgery and he had to face a long recovery. "I've known Teresa for over 50 years," said Perkins. “She is one of my best friends. Last summer she was very sick and I wanted to help her. Teresa loves to help others in any way she can and always does more for others. ”After the surgery, the nurses took care of McMorris at her home until she reached the insurance limit. It was then that Perkins intervened to help. "Debbie offered to come and take care of me as soon as I left the hospital at my house," said McMorris. “He came every day after work, on his spare days and weekends, to change my dressing on my wound for six months. He continued to give me his services until I was completely healed. I am so thankful for you. "" Debra is a true dedicated health professional, and I am so grateful and thankful for her because she is well informed, wise, compassionate, kind and loves to help the sick, "said McMorris." It has had a strong impact on my recovery, and I can't say enough how he helped me holistically. "" I think he helps his patients from his heart, "said McMorris." Whenever I think about how she took care of me, I still get tears from eyes. "I was honored to take care of my dear friend and do whatever it takes to bring her back to her healthy self," said Perkins. "It's a blessing for so many people." Q: How did you get interested in nursing care? A: I saw a TV show called "Julia" with Diana Carroll, who was a nurse. I was inspired by his character and I decided in my heart to want to become a nurse at an early age. Q: How has nursing care changed with coronavirus? A: I feel that we are not building relationships with the patients we were before because there is less interaction. It is a little less personal. Face-to-face visits are less if not entirely. We have been replaced with telephone or video visits to reduce the possible exposure of COVID-19 to both patient and staff. Protocols are constantly changing, which changes the way we do our job. Now we wear masks and, depending on the department in which you work, you can wear glasses, dress and gloves. Before COVID-19, in most cases it was just a scrub. Now we are trying to take every precaution to protect ourselves. The use of PPE (personal protective equipment) and the conservation of PPE are different from what they used to be. Now you are given a mask to use and store all day. Coronavirus is definitely monopolizing many of our conversations at work. I try to stay safe and maintain a positive attitude. I pray daily and trust in God that things will soon get better.