Longtime OB Manager Retires from Humboldt General Hospital

After 32 years on the job—and 22 of those working nights—Linda Goodale has retired from Humboldt General Hospital.

The longtime OB manager has plans to do some traveling and avoid anything that resembles work for about a year. Nothing is very final, except one thing: "No nights, holidays or weekends," she laughed.

Goodale didn't always want to be a nurse. She had two friends in high school who were hurt badly and had to be in the hospital for a long time. "So I really wanted to be a physical therapist," she said.

Post high school, she began attending the University of Nevada Reno where she worked at St. Mary's in physical therapy. During the summers, she would work as a nurse's aide at Humboldt General Hospital.

She even took a year off school to work, but her crazy schedule made her rethink that decision. "I didn't know if I was coming or going and I wasn't making any money, so I decided I needed to go back to school."

During her time at HGH, Goodale had been befriended by three of the facility's stalwarts: Diane Nevis, LPN; Pat Aiken, NA; and Anita Sandoval, NA.

Nevis had encouraged Goodale to attend nursing school in Elko, "so I applied and was accepted."

She trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse for her first 11 months before the school began offering a registered nursing program, which Goodale then joined. Upon her graduation in May 1983, she worked full-time as an acute care nurse at Humboldt General Hospital, while also taking her turn in the Emergency Department.

It wasn't long before she married husband Todd and started a family. Goodale says she worked in the Operating Room and the Emergency Department from 1985 through 1990. "But working 12-hour days was difficult with little children, so I started working nights in 1990."

"My husband would take the kids to child care so I could sleep during the day. When they were older, I would take them to school."

Goodale was named a House Supervisor in 2014; she became the OB Nurse Manager in 2011, a position that she held until her retirement January 9.

She said she has loved so many things about working at HGH, "But my favorite aspect was seeing and doing it all. If OB wasn't busy, we would go to Acute or ER," she said.

Plus, "I will miss the people and working hard crazy shifts and getting through them—one shift at a time."

During a short reception on Thursday, January 8, HGH CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish presented Goodale with a plaque, thanking her for her dedicated service to HGH, as well as flowers, a retirement check, and a watch.

"You have been an excellent OB nurse," he said, "you have been an excellent OB manager, and you have been a champion for HGH."

HGH Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Bryan commented on the many changes Goodale has seen at the hospital and in healthcare since beginning her career.

"But always, the patients were first," she said. "Linda has just always tried to help; that's what she's all about."

Dr. Brad Granath, who has worked with Goodale in Labor and Delivery for the past 10 years, said Goodale ran a smooth operation.

"It's been a pleasure working with her," he told the assembled group. "She's been an awesome asset to our hospital and to our community."

He added, "Working with Linda has always been one of the bright spots in my day."

Diane Nevis, the nurse who initially encouraged Goodale to seek her nursing degree, said, "Miss Linda, you have always made me proud. You turned out to be the nurse that I always knew you would be."

For her part, Goodale thanked the group for their help over the course of her career. "Everybody has always been very helpful," she said. "I have made a lot of good friends through the years."