Ann Irvin, a 17-year veteran of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, was honored Saturday with the first-ever Nursing Clinical Care Award by a regional nurses association.
Irvin was chosen for the award out of 40 nominated Western Slope nurses during the 14th Annual Western Colorado Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring in Grand Junction. A panel of 10 regional colleagues selected Irvin for the award, which was presented by the Colorado District Five Nurses Association.
Irvin, RN nurse home visitor with the local VNA, has over the years held the titles of public health nurse, team leader and home health nurse.
"She's one of those unsung heroes who comes to work and takes care of people, but doesn't get much recognition," said Marilyn Bouldin, VNA's former director of community care, who nominated Irvin for the award.
Irvin has some 30 years background in nursing and leads the VNA's Nurse-Family Partnership Program, which provides home visitation to first-time, low-income mothers from early in a pregnancy to a child's second birthday.
Bouldin noted that Irvin's current Moffat County caseload includes 24 families, with at least one client requiring a 90-mile trip weekly, or sometimes biweekly.
"She's a great lady," Bouldin added. "And we're lucky to have her in our community."
Irvin is active in numerous local campaigns and helped bring the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition and its "Miles for Smiles" campaign to Moffat County.
The non-profit Dental Coalition provides dental services to low-income children and families.
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