Bouldin recognized for VNA accomplishments
Friends and colleagues marked Marilyn Bouldin’s 18 years of service to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association with laughter, food, certificates of recognition and a box of condoms for the Craig VNA chapter.
But while Wednesday’s gathering at the local VNA office was dubbed a “farewell” to the VNA heath care icon, nobody was saying goodbye.
“She seems pretty happy about the move and that’s all that matters to us,” said Scott Bouldin, Marilyn’s 27-year-old son.
Bouldin, who will remain on-call for a period after officially leaving her post Dec. 23 as director of community care, will look to more challenges as head of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s new nursing program.
Classes specific to the program should begin next fall.
“The response has been overwhelming,” said Bouldin, who initially chaired a CNCC advisory committee looking to establish
nursing courses and training at the school.
“The more I learned about the person they were looking for, the more interested I became,” she said.
But Bouldin’s staff and friends Wednesday recalled stories, her commitment and irreplaceable leadership. Her VNA duties will be divided between Executive Director Sue Birch, and Susan Bowler, public health manager.
Bouldin’s health care experience and knowledge mattered with regional decision-makers.
“The mention that Marilyn was involved in a project or an initiative gave it instant credibility,” said Randy Phelps, administrator at The Memorial Hospital.
“She was my go-to person when we needed to work on relations between our organizations,” Phelps said. “We’ll miss that, although what she’s going to do is very important to the community.”
Bowler said that Bouldin was more than just the boss.
“She’s been my mentor and she’s always supported me with any job,” said Bowler, choked with emotion. “And she takes a personal interest in all of us.”
Birch said VNA’s Craig facility should remain in good hands with the team that Bouldin nurtured.
“She’s one of my directors that when she takes time off, things run smoothly, and that’s a sign of a good manager,” Birch said.
Bouldin said that changing nature of her job kept her at her post through the years.
“This job is always changing, being able to start new programs and being out in the community working with different groups to figure out health care needs,” she said.
Add to the list getting more nurses into the region’s job market.
“It’s going to benefit everyone in the health care field,” Bouldin said.
Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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