As a staff nurse at Howard Young Hospital in Woodruff, Sue Perry always loved teaching nursing students. However, when someone asked her to consider becoming a college instructor, she was surprised.
“During my last year of the Nurse Practitioner program at Concordia University, I decided to step through that door and I love it,” she stated. Since 2004, she has taught nursing students at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.
Also during her last year at Concordia, Perry went on a medical mission to Mexico. She has continued making the trip each year since, accompanying student nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners and a physical therapist providing basic health services to people with limited access to such care.
As a maternity nurse at Howard Young for 36 years, Perry helped deliver 5,500 babies.
“My students appreciate that I bring real life case studies about different conditions,” she said. Perry teaches mental health, community health and health promotions as well as three clinicals at local hospitals.
Her main messages to nursing students are: 1) Be bold. Be willing to address issues and advocate for patients. 2) Accept diversity. We aren’t all alike in culture, temperament and other aspects.
“I love teaching at Nicolet,” she concludes. “It is small so I get to know my students and other instructors well. We connect frequently face-to-face so I can help them succeed.”