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Exceptional nurses Bev Kovanda

Bev Kovanda, BSN, RN

Stillwater Billings Clinic

Throughout her 39 years of service, Bev Kovanda has worked for the same facility ─ Stillwater Billings Clinic. Located in a rural area, the health care organization is a combination of a physician clinic and a critical access hospital with 25 beds or less. Her first 10 years were spent as a floor nurse, followed by the director of nursing position which she held for 25 years. For the last four years, she has assumed the role of director of quality.

“I have loved the diversity and opportunities to advance,” Kovanda said. “I enjoy caring for the various members of our small community.”

Kovanda remembers her first inclination of the nursing profession during high school. Her mother was a large influence as she was also a nurse.

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She cares beyond limits. Her unwavering commitment and understanding of patients have no doubt encouraged a growth throughout Stillwater Billings Clinic. Kovanda has a unique ability to show compassion and understanding to each patient. She also trains and encourages new nurses, serves as a role model for seasoned nurses and makes an impact on individuals in the community.

“I tell the new nurses to keep their eyes wide open and accept any challenge that comes their way,” Kovanda said.

She continues to push the nurses to do more and to step outside their comfort zones.

QUESTION: Do you remember the first person you treated?

ANSWER: No, I do not. However, I remember the first baby I delivered by myself. The doctor was in Absarokee, which is fourteen miles away. Dad came in, said my wife’s gonna have a baby. I asked him where she was. He said she was in the truck. So, we had to go out and get her. We got her right inside the door and we had a baby.

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