16 May We Care Online Staff May Highlight – Debbie Kohlrus
Debbie has worked in the healthcare field for the past 12 years. In 2000, she received her CNA license and started working at an LTC facility. She then went on to get her CMA in 2001, then her LPN license in 2002. She became quite passionate about the healthcare field very quickly and knew it was what she wanted to pursue as a career.
She has worked in a variety of areas that have given her much experience over the past 12 including an LTC facility for 4 years. She moved onto working at a VA clinic and got to enjoy a totally different aspect of nursing. Later, she worked PRN in 12 different clinics at a local hospital. This was a wonderful hands-on experience for many different areas in the nursing field. She continued that for 5 years until she started working for WeCareOnline.
Debbie has been married for 8 years and has two wonderful girls, ages 3 & 7. Her husband is an insurance agent. Her # 1 thing to do outside of work is spending time with family. She grew up on a farm and loves being outdoors and going camping, fishing, and hunting. She likes to cook and also enjoys making birthday/special occasion cakes for family and friends. Debbie recently made 300 cupcakes for her sister’s wedding, which was quite the experience! She also likes reading and gardening in her spare time.
Debbie’s best advice to anyone pursuing a career in the healthcare field is not to give up! Whether you choose to become a CNA or nurse, everyone plays a vital role in healthcare. Don’t underestimate yourself and what you can do or become. Set reasonable goals for yourself and don’t give up on achieving them.
Debbie works as the sponsor coordinator for WeCareOnline and also assists with the CNA and CMA courses. She corresponds with state to make sure each course we offer is approved and ready to go by the start of class. She receives students’ enrollments and corresponds with them as needed. She also schedules and manages state testing for CMA and CNA students.
Debbie loves every piece of artwork her children make, so her desk and surrounding walls are covered in her children’s masterpieces! Her girls also got her a notepad that sings crazy songs when the pen is removed, so that keeps her quite entertained throughout the day.