Nurse Practitioner Sandy Deveny Retires from HGH

Humboldt General Hospital bid farewell to one of its medical practitioners on Wednesday, January 22.

Sandra Deveny, APRN-C, retired after 2.5 years at the local facility, and more than 30 years in the nursing profession.

The longtime local resident said her decision has been bittersweet. She will enjoy spending time traveling and enjoying some new hobbies, but said she will also miss her patients and co-workers.

"I have some long established relationships that are special to me," she said.

Deveny came to Winnemucca 17 years ago. She initially worked as this area's State of Nevada Community Health Nurse.

Following a position in Reno, she worked at Battle Mountain General Hospital's Rural Health Clinic for three years before moving her practice to Winnemucca.

"Winnemucca is a wonderful community," she told a group of well-wishers who assembled for her retirement reception at Humboldt General Hospital. "I've always felt very welcome here."

Deveny said she also enjoyed finishing out her career at Humboldt General Hospital.

"It's been very rewarding and exciting to see the growth of Humboldt General Hospital and to see how the facility has prioritized the needs of patients in that growth."

Several patients came to bid Deveny a fond farewell, including at least a few who asked if she would consider coming back.

"I'd like to retire for a while first before I think about coming back!" she joked.

Jim Parrish, Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator, presented Deveny with a plaque, thanking her for her dedicated service to HGH, as well as flowers and a retirement check.

"You have been an important member of our team," he said. "Your patients love you and hate to see you go; this hospital loves you and hates to see you go."

Parrish continued, "We offer you our most sincere congratulations and want you to know you're welcome back at any time."

Deveny is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Certified (APRN-C) with a long list of letters behind her name. Following her graduation from the California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a bachelor of science in nursing, she earned her Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Dallas, Southwestern Medical College.

That was followed by a master of science in nursing from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and a post masters Family Nurse Practitioner from The George Washington University in Washington DC.

As a youth, Deveny was a candy-striper in San Francisco. She also comes from a family of nurses. So at age 21, it seemed natural for her to pursue the same profession.

As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Deveny has used advanced nursing skills and knowledge to provide primary care to patients.

"I love the ability to help people maintain their optimal state of wellness," she said.