On September 28, 2019, Diane Nevis closed the door on what she says has
been one of the most wonderful chapters in her life.
The longtime nurse retired from the Harmony Manor Skilled Nursing and Residential
Care Community and the Quail Corner Life Enrichment Community after 30
years of dedicated service.
Even though she won’t be working full-time at Humboldt General Hospital,
Nevis said her three decades serving the long term care residents at the
two facilities will stay with her forever.
“You can take the girl out of the hospital, but you can’t take
the hospital out of the girl,” she said.
Nevis began her nursing career in Elko before moving to Winnemucca in the
late 1970s. She shared, “I worked at HGH when it was old, old Humboldt
General Hospital. We worked every department and we did everything from
one end to the other.”
After four years, she went to work for Dr. Frank Sykes for seven years
followed by one year with Dr. Richard Ingle. Finally, she made her way
back to Humboldt General Hospital; it’s a decision she has never
“My work, my friends, my residents, they have gotten me through some
really tough times,” she said. “That’s the best part
about Humboldt General: When tragedy hits, we all come together.”
She told a group of past and present co-workers at her retirement celebration
September 27: “That’s what you did for me, and I’m so
lucky to have all of you. You filled me with your love.”
Nevis’s co-workers responded with kind words of their own. Harmony
Manor and Quail Corner Director of Nurses Robin Gillis shared how Nevis’s
work ethic impacted her.
“You taught me so much,” she said. “You were the first
to come; you came early and stayed late. You always supported me in my
Others shared how Nevis’s care impacted their family members or how
Nevis’s small acts—her smiles, kind words and gestures—boosted
them in their day-to-day work.
Nevis received the words with graciousness, but said she always felt she
was the fortunate one. “I walked away all the time thinking I got
the biggest gift.”
HGH Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Bryan presented Nevis with a retirement
plaque, a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a check representing $100 for
every year of service at Humboldt General Hospital. Friends and co-workers
added their gifts and flowers to the mix. The group also enjoyed cake
and punch from the kitchen.
Nevis said she will enjoy three months of downtime with her children, grandchildren
and mother before coming back to HGH as a casual call employee.
“That’s the best part of all of this,” she joked, “I
can come back whenever I want.”