All this week, we're celebrating National Nurse's Week with Diamond Valley Federal Credit Union by honoring a different Tri-State area nurse who's been nominated for recognition by you.

Of course, like all medical personnel, nurses play an extremely important role in patient care whether it's a simple trip to the doctor's office for a check-up or something more serious that requires a stay at the hospital. When it comes to the latter, nurses are often the medical professionals that spend the most time with patients; delivering and making sure medications are being taken, checking vital signs, and doing what they can to make sure their patients are as comfortable as possible during their hospital stay.

The past year has no doubt been one of the most trying for medical professionals as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the nation, including here in the Tri-State. Despite the highly contagious nature of the virus, nurses continued to put on their scrubs and personal protective equipment to stand face-to-face against the virus, putting their own health at risk to provide care and comfort to those who were fighting for their lives.

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One of those nurses is Sally Fetcher, a certified nurse's assistant at Woodmont Health in Boonville. According to her daughter, Stephanie Hargrave, when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented relatives from visiting residents at the facility, Sally stepped in to provide comfort.

Sally is my mom, she has been a CNA for several years. She works at Woodmont in Boonville. She always puts in extra shifts, and since COVID hit, she is working even more. Her residents love her! She works most holidays and makes sure every holiday her residents get a special something that comes out of her paycheck, no one asks her to do it, it's just something she enjoys to brighten their day. Her residents are like her family, and for many months due to visitor restrictions my mom, along with her co-workers, were the only people the residents were able to see. My mom has a huge heart and does whatever she can to make sure her residents are taken care of.

From all of us here, thank you Sally for the work you do!

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