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Patty Jenkins
nurse in Dr. Leslie Thompkins' free clinic in Gotham


Patty Jenkins is an black nurse who works in the free medical clinic that was, until recently, run by Dr. Leslie Thompkins, one of Batman's oldest friends. Batman often visited this clinic and knew Nurse Jenkins by name.

Based on her dialogue, Nurse Jenkins appears to be a church-going Christian with strong faith in God.

After the events portrayed in the "War Games" story arc (2004), Batman learned that his long-time friend Leslie Thompkins willfully withheld life-saving medical treatment from Stephanie Brown, causing the girl to die. (Stephanie Brown was an ally of Batman. She was the superheroine known as "Spoiler", and briefly took up the mantle of "Robin" as Batman's sidekick.) By her inaction and flagrant violation of the Hippocratic oath, Leslie Thompkins was apparently trying to get Batman's attention or force him to re-evaluate his role as a costumed crimefighter. Nurse Patty Jenkins helped Batman investigate Dr. Thompkins' role in Stephanie Brown's death.

Leslie Thompkins: God is female
Nurse Patty Jenkins: "Don't mind me getting all church on you, but have faith that the Good Lord gives us just as much as He knows we can bear"

Source: Detective Comics #799 (December 2004): "War Games Act 3, Part 1: Good Intentions", page 2; written by Andersen Gabrych, pencilled by Pete Woods, inked by Cam Smith; reprinted in Batman: War Games, Act Three: EndGame trade paperback, DC Comics: New York City (2005).

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Dr. Leslie Thompkins: ...Then how many more are about to die?

Nurse Patty Jenkins: Leslie! Shoot, ou scared me. How you holdin' up?

Dr. Leslie Thompkins: Honestly, Patty . . . I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Nurse Patty Jenkins: C'mon. Now, don't mind me getting all church on you, but have faith that the good lord gives us just as much as we can bear.

Dr. Leslie Thompkins: Well, she's really pushing it today, I'll tell you that.

Nurse Patty Jenkins: Ha-ha!

Dr. Leslie Thompkins: But you're right. All we can do is our best. So let's get back in there and do it.
Nurse Patty Jenkins talks to Batman about Leslie Thompkins
Above: "Lord, grant me strength!" Nurse Patty Jenkins talks to Batman about Dr. Leslie Thompkins role in the death of Stephanie Brown.

[Source: Detective Comics #809 (early October 2005): "War Crimes Part 1: To The Victor Go the Spoils", DC Comics: New York City, page 8; written by Andersen Gabrych, pencilled by Pete Woods, inked by Bit; reprinted in Batman: War Crimes trade paperback, DC Comics: New York City (2006).]

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Nurse Patty Jenkins: For the last time, Joel, I don't know where Vera is.

Joel (doctor): Y'know, this is very unprofessional. I started my residency here because I heard all the good work you did during the gang war. But now, I mean-- Dr. Thompkins resigned, for God's sake. And now our chief resident just doesn't show up for work?!? Where am I? The Sudan?

Other man wearing scrubs (nurse or doctor): Hate to come between you and your kvetching, Joel, but I need a hand with a perforated colon, stat.

Nurse Patty Jenkins: Strength, Lord. Grant me str--

Batman: Nurse Jenkins.

Nurse Patty Jenkins: Oh! Oh.

Batman: I didn't mean to scare you. We need to talk.

Nurse Patty Jenkins: Don't have anything to say to you.

Batman: Please.

Nurse Patty Jenkins: Now that's better.

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