Congratulations to NWRNA member Sarah (Sally) Herman on being selected for the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame.
Sally will be honored at the WSNA banquet on March 17, 2022.
“Sally is one of those very special nurses who has served in leadership roles for three decades, displaying both the graciousness and tenacity which are essential in advancing the profession,” said one of her nominators.
Sally work experience spans a wealth of setting and populations:
- with nursing home residents;
- in rural-setting home care;
- as a consulting nurse for a developmentally-disabled group home population;
- as an advocate for young women and couples as a volunteer at Pregnancy Choices; and
- as a private duty nurse in the community.
In addition, she has fostered excellence in nursing and nursing students through her work with WSNA and as a District 16/NWNRA Board member.
Sally has been an active member in our area since 1993. While at Home Health and Hospice in Whatcom County, Sally’s nurse work group learned that the nurses might lose their jobs due to the sale of the company. The nurses worked with WSNA to gain representation, and soon won their first contract. That hard work would endure to protect their rights as employees with AHS.
Sally’s involvement continued for more than 25 years, first with District 16 and later in helping to develop NWRNA. She served as President and Secretary of District 16 Board of Directors. She also worked closely with the Skagit Valley College student nurses and nurse educators. She led the district in assisting students in the student nurse club to attend various WSNA state functions, such as Lobby Days and WSNA Conventions.
Sally also served at the state level, as the Chairperson for the Cabinet of Economic and General Welfare, and represented WSNA at the American Nurses Association Assembly and as a WSNA Foundation Board member. She also served as the President of the WSNA Foundation.
Sally also worked with other nurse members in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties to assist the WSNA PAC to conduct the Health IQ each election year, helping to identify candidates who support health care, nursing practice, and education issues.
She has represented her nursing organization many times to others, including as a delegate in Washington, D.C. She has actively sought out, mentored, and encouraged those who wish to pursue a career in nursing.
“Every life Sally has touched through her nursing practice and the nursing qualities inherent in her life has been influenced by her compassion and concern for others,” said a nominator. “Sally has set an example as a tireless advocate for the profession of nursing. Nursing students who have met her and been encouraged recognize her still, long after they are mentoring others. They recognize her enthusiasm and pride in her profession, her dedication and pursuit of excellence in practice, and are encouraged.”
Our deepest congratulations and thanks to Sally for her service to the profession and the community!