Nurses deserving of highest praise

The purpose of this letter is to commend The Inter-Mountain newspaper’s efforts in recognizing local nurses and the work they do as part of National Nurses Week for 2020. There was a lot of good coverage.

I am a nurse and was part of the nursing community in Elkins from 1967 to 2000. I worked at Memorial General and then went to Youth Health after the hospital closed. I can write pages about the nursing work I did at both the hospital and Youth Health. I came out of retirement in 2003 and worked five years for Hospice Care which is WV Caring now. I did a second retirement to care for a parent and now live in Canaan Valley where I grew up.

Far back in the 1970s, there was a Nurses Day Celebration on May 12, the anniversary date of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Efforts were made by the state Nursing Association and local nurses groups to have some type of acknowledgment of the nursing community in state and local locations. Eventually, Nurses Day became Nurses Week as it is now celebrated. Newspaper coverage was the most important part of the efforts made by the groups in both state and local settings.

As I am now “retired,” I still like to see the coverage and articles used for National Nurses Week. I must commend The Inter-Mountain’s coverage for the past couple of years has improved to let nurses tell their stories about their training and education and the valuable work they do in many different settings besides the hospitals in the area.

I will close with the saying that many people who have nurses in their families or are acquainted with which is “Once a Nurse, always a Nurse.”

Thank you for the opportunity for me to write to the paper and tell my story.

Sarah Fletcher,

RN retired



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