The Maitland local started her nursing career when she was just 19-years-old.
“I’ve always loved being a nurse. I like helping people feel better. I’ve always been focused on making my patients feel comfortable and letting them know they can talk to me,” Debra said.
“I remember one patient from when I was nursing in Melbourne. She was part of the Jewish community and she talked to me about her background and what she went through (during the Holocaust). She was very anxious about her heart surgery. I was able to chat to her, reassure her and even have a laugh with her. After she was discharged, she sent me a lovely bottle of scent and a card. I still have that card. That made me realise that when people are at their most vulnerable, they need to be reassured, feel secure and, if possible, have a laugh. Good chemicals are released when you have a laugh and it helps your mental and physical health.”