Over the past 37 years, Debbie Hill has been asked numerous times why she decided to become a nurse. She never really thought about why, it was what she did.
But when asked who influenced her to become a nurse, the answer becomes clearer. “My Mom influenced me the most. Her dream had been to become a nurse, but she was unable to go to nursing school. I think her dream became mine”, said Hill.
She said she was also influenced by her aunt, Betty Williams. “She was so passionate about nursing and I respected and admired that about her.”
One of the neighbor ladies, Betty Brennan, also influenced Hill in her quiet way. “She asked me to consider nursing,” Hill added.
Another lady in the neighborhood, Toni Kelso Heyman, and her friend, Linda Troutman, helped impact her decision.
“Although surgery was not something I considered, watching and listening to them made a choice for nursing seem natural,” Hill said.
When asked about other individuals that she has influenced to go into nursing, there are some who are obvious and others that she thinks she may never know about. Only in the past year did she learn that she had influenced Melody Wininger to become a nurse. “I thought she was teasing me,” said Hills.
The person that she is most proud of for making nursing her career is her daughter, Amanda Kane. Kane never wanted to be a nurse. Due to chronic health problems, she said she had seen enough of doctors, hospitals, and nurses to last her a lifetime. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology, but after marrying, realized that she could not find a job doing the work she wanted to do. She and her husband, Eric, made the decision for her to go into nursing. Hill said she was unsure about Kane’s choice. While being reminded of the long hours, crazy shifts, weekend and holiday work, etc., Kane looked at her mother and said, “I know, Mom. I have lived it my whole life."
"How do you argue with that?” Hill said.
Over the eight years Kane worked in the Emergency Department at Daviess Community Hospital, Debbie was proud to hear from patients and families that her daughter had provided great care to them. “I often heard that she was just like me,” said Hill.
Kane passed away Jan. 8, 2014. One can only imagine how many others have been influenced over the years by these caring women.