Get to Know the Collage Staff – Deb Husman
We want you to get to know the Collage staff a little better so every couple of months we want to share a blog post highlighting one of our staff or volunteers. During these Q&A blogs we’ll ask them about their role at Collage, their families and we’ll try to give you an inside scoop into their lives to discover their favorite TV shows, most embarrassing moments or other fun things you’ll find interesting.
This week we want to introduce you to Deb Husman, one of our RNs .
Thanks Deb for taking the time to answer a few questions for our blog. To kick things off will you share your favorite thing about working at Collage?
My favorite thing is getting to work with such a genuine group of people that truly care about the individuals that walk through our doors.
We know you’re a RN, but will you tell us a bit about your education and professional background?
I graduated from nursing in 1974 and since that time I have worked in several areas, OB/GYN, newborn nursery, general hospital nursing, radiology, and oncology.
I imagine that has been both rewarding and a bit stressful at times. What hobbies to you have outside of work that help you de-stress?
I love to read books and have long visits over coffee with friends. I also enjoy painting and have been doing a lot of that recently in my daughters home.
We’d love to hear more about your family.
My husband and I have been married 42 years, we have 2 children and 8 grandchildren. Our daughter and her husband live in Shelton and have 5 adopted children. Our son and his wife live in Little Rock, Ark. and have 3 daughters.
Central Nebraska is a great place, but what is your favorite thing about living here?
My favorite thing about living in Nebraska is getting to experience all 4 seasons and fall is my favorite! But also the many friendly people you meet here in the Midwest.
Okay, now we start to dig to find the real Deb. What is one thing that you are just absolutely no good at doing?
Technology…..computers and smart phones!!!
We think you can learn a lot about people from the TV shows and movies they love. Do you have any favorites?
Blindside and Out of Africa
Be honest, what song or band is your guilty pleasure?
What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?
We were traveling to Denver and got caught late at night in a total white out blizzard.
That does sound scary. What was the last spontaneous thing you did?
Went 4-wheeling with my husband
Sounds like you’ve had some great adventures together on and off the road. What are some things that make you really happy?
It really makes me happy when my husband and I are able to do projects to help our kids. Whatever we can do to make life a little easier for them, especially our daughter with the 5 children, they all have some special issues. They live in an old renovated 1914 school house, so we have taken out walls, added walls, changed plumbing, painted and improvised! But it is our joy to do and we are so proud of them all.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I think somewhere in the middle really.
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?
Fresh baked bread!
Yum! Not sure if there’s a better smell in the world than that. Speaking of the world, if you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Speak less and listen well
Those are some very wise words. Final question, what’s something most people don’t know about you?
My husband and I both retired 2 yrs. ago from the professions we had done for 40 yrs. with no real plan what we would do next. We knew we weren’t ready to do “nothing”, but we were ready for the “next thing”. In a very short time we found ourselves traveling to Africa, which was never even a desire to do. We have been helping at a College there, my husband with building projects and I help out in a clinic. So Africa now has a piece of our hearts and we plan to return.
That is awesome Deb. We really appreciate your passion for helping others and it shows in your work here at Collage, how you help your family and your service in Africa. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. If there’s something you want to ask Deb, leave your question in the comments and we’ll do our best to get her back online to answer those. Stay tuned, we’ll be back with more Collage Staff Q&A in a few weeks.