Parish nurse given lifetime-achievement award

Letha Lehman

Letha Lehman, a registered nurse and retired parish nurse, received the Tennessee Nurses Association 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 19 in Franklin. Ms. Lehman is a parishioner of Holy Ghost in Knoxville.

The award is granted to one retired nurse in the state who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding contributions to nursing and to the Tennessee Nurses Association.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. Lehman stated that she was surprised at being chosen for the award because she has always considered herself a “rather ordinary nurse.” She said that she had tried to encourage young people to choose nursing as their career because nursing offers a wide array of clinical and educational opportunities.

Her clinical experiences included charge nurse positions in coronary care, medical surgical areas, home health nursing, and more. Her final position was as a parish nurse at Holy Ghost Parish from 2004 to 2012.

In concluding her award acceptance speech, Ms. Lehman said she felt that each nurse in his or her own way has done extraordinary things in ordinary ways and ordinary things in extraordinary ways. She said she appreciated the award and thanked the nurses association for granting it to her as it brought her great joy, satisfaction, and a wonderful closure to her career as a professional registered nurse.

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