Retired nurse

A nurse in Petaluma for more than 20 years, Lynn Conklin spent her lifetime serving others and finding ways to improve emergency medical response in Petaluma.

Ms. Conklin died on Aug. 11, 2013 at the age of 62.

"Lynn was a humble person. So many people in this community do not know all that Lynn did to care for all of us both inside and outside the walls of Petaluma Valley Hospital," said Nancy Corda, director of in-patient services at Petaluma Valley Hospital.

Born, raised and educated in Petaluma, Ms. Conklin graduated from Petaluma High School in 1969. She went on to graduate from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1973.

She began her career in nursing at Petaluma General Hospital, then continued on at Hillcrest Hospital. She ended her career as an emergency room nurse for Petaluma Valley Hospital, as well as liaison nurse with the hospital and the Sonoma County Emergency Services and Petaluma Fire Department.

"Lynn was a great nurse who was instrumental in making Petaluma Valley Emergency Department what it is today," said Wendi Thomas, Petaluma Valley Hospital's director of nursing services, emergency department. "In addition, her relationships and work with the Petaluma Fire Department started a protocol-driven way of delivering emergency care in the Petaluma community. Lynn was on the forefront of this change and it has grown tremendously since her involvement."

"I worked with Lynn during her entire career at Hillcrest Hospital and Petaluma Valley Hospital," said Corda. "Lynn was one of the best nurses I have had the honor of working with in my 40-plus years of nursing. She was very compassionate, extremely smart and very witty."

In addition to helping develop the hospital's Emergency Medical Response program and the Petaluma Fire Department Paramedic program, she also served the community in the development and coordination of the hospital's Out Area Disaster Plan.

"She would remind you to have a pair of tennis shoes in the trunk of your car so you could respond to a disaster and be ready to work," said Corda.

Ms. Conklin retired from nursing in 2001.

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