Martha Klay wins nurse practitioner award for excellence

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By Wednesday, Mar 7 Life In the Berkshires  12 Comments
Andrew Blechman
Nurse Practitioner Martha Klay who has won Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence.

Great Barrington resident Martha Klay has received the highest award in the nurse practitioner profession: the Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence.

Each year the American Association of Nurse Practitioners chooses 50 NPs out of a pool of nearly 250,000 – one from each state – to honor. This is the first time someone from Western Massachusetts has been chosen, and it’s the second time Klay has been awarded: In 2004, she was chosen as Connecticut’s nurse practitioner of the year.

It’s a real career topper for Klay, who retired this year after 30 years as a nurse practitioner, with 40 total years in nursing. “It’s such a big honor,” Klay told the Edge. “What a way to go out!” Those who know Klay can attest to her tremendous work ethic, which involved decades of leaving the house, often before sunrise, to drive hundreds of miles to meet with patients, usually returning home 12 hours later.

Klay earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She specialized in geriatric urology, visiting more than 60 facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, where she brought relief to countless elderly woman who were often in terrible pain and discomfort.

Now that she’s retired, Klay is concentrating on her many sport passions, including skiing and tennis. She will be honored at the AANP national conference this summer in Denver, Colorado.


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  1. Rebecca Gold says:

    What a fantastic story to discover today. Congratulations, Martha!

    1. Martha Klay says:

      So kind and thoughtful of you,thanks!

  2. Craig Okerstrom-Lang says:

    Love some good news like this!

    Martha, what a way to go out on retirement. You should also get an award for your athletic prowness and skills…

    1. Martha Klay says:

      Thanks Craig!

      Skiing in Park City this week then off to Tahoe for 10 days skiing Heavenly Northstar and Kirkwood

  3. Renee Slonaker says:

    Congratulations, Martha. A well-deserved honor. Your patients are going to miss you!

  4. Rose Tannenbaum says:

    That’s wonderful, congratulations!

  5. Jack and Caron Hobin says:

    We always knew that about you Martha. We’re glad to see you be formally recognized by others for your skills, effort and kindness.

  6. Sharon True says:

    I have had the pleasure of getting to know Martha in recent years. So much positive energy! I’m sure she wil be a model retiree, with many exciting vista’s to explore.

  7. Barbara Watkins says:

    Yay Martha!!!! Congratulations

  8. Rachel Chadwin says:

    Martha, congratulations! Reach out to us at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in Lenox if you are interested in joining our summer nursing team. We are looking for a few more great people! You can email me at rachel@campmkn.com.

  9. Martin Greene says:

    Congratulations Martha. You will love being retired.

  10. Lauren Smith says:

    A well deserved honor! Congratulations, Martha!

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