Tammy Matt, BSN RN
Job Title: Community Health Nurse, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Communities: Arlee, Evaro, Ravalli, Dixon
Why do you choose to be a Nurse?
When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time visiting my grandma and grandpa in the hospital. I watched how the nurses took care of my loved ones with such care and compassion. I have always wanted to take care of others, especially people that live in my community and nursing seemed to be the best way that I could do that. While growing up, I had the advantage of being able to work with Barb Plouffe and Kathy Salois, Public Health Nurses at Tribal Health during my summer breaks in high school and college. I learned so much working with Barb and Kathy during the summers, I knew that Public Health/Community Health Nursing was what I wanted to do. I have worked as a Public Health/Community Health Nurse for Tribal Health for over 22 years.
Your favorite part of nursing?
My favorite part of nursing is taking care of people or communities in need. I love Community Health Nursing because it allows me the freedom to spend the time that I need to help my clients, to visit with the elders and really get to know what their concerns are. Protecting the health and well-being of our community is very important to me. I have been working as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for many years and although this work is very tiring, especially during the pandemic, it ensures that I do not get bored with my job. Something new and exciting every day.