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Home Health Nurse Receives Nurse of the Year Award

Deborah Armstrong, a registered nurse with Samaritan Home Health Services, received the 2018 Nurse of the Year Award from the Oregon Nurses Foundation (ONF).

A nurse for 42 years, Armstrong has been with Samaritan Home Health Services for 20 years. She holds several specialized certifications including IV therapy, wound, ostomy and Oasis data collection.

The award acknowledges a registered nurse who is a trailblazer in the care of patients and families in Oregon and contributes to the advancement of the nursing profession. Each recipient of the award has been nominated by a peer for their strength of character, empathy, competence and integrity.

“Deborah is an exceptional nurse leader who went out of her way to get a Registered Nurse Infusion certification, so she could help more patients receive IV therapy without leaving their homes. She is an active mentor for new RNs in her unit and has helped bring managers and nurses together to collaborate on staffing plans to improve patient care,” said Lisa Doty, a fellow home health nurse.

Of the 85 to 90 patients she sees each month, Armstrong notes that many of them need specialized care requiring IV, wound or ostomy training.

As a preceptor, she has provided IV training to new hires for over 15 years and has created a computer-based learning module on IV therapy. Any SHS employee can now complete computer-based learning for IV therapy through Professional Development.

Even after 20 years with the department, Armstrong mentions that she is not the longest standing employee in Home Health – she ranks third.

“We have a really great department,” said Armstrong. “We work 365 days a year no matter what the weather and we travel all over, from Sweet Home to Alsea.”

“It was really touching to be nominated by Lisa, a newer nurse with home health,” said Armstrong. “It is an honor to receive the award.”