Thrive-Health Guide Southern West Virginia August 2020 - Page 16

A career well spent FORMER VA NURSE EXECUTIVE LYNN LEGG By Michelle James Like many fresh out of high school, Lynn Legg wasn’t sure just what the future held for her. Inspired by one of her own high school educators, the Oak Hill native and 1975 graduate of Collins High School, briefly attended Concord College preparing for a career as a business teacher. “But that’s not what I wanted to do,” she says looking back. It was a conversation with her mother, Dora Ann Carte, who spent her career as the human resources director at Plateau Medical Center, that helped Legg find her path forward. “She said, ‘Well, maybe you’d want to be a nurse,’” Legg recalls. “She said, ‘Why don’t you get a job here at Plateau as a nursing assistant and see if you like that kind of care?” And though Legg had never considered a career in health care, she took her mother’s advice and quickly found her calling. “Right away I knew,” she says. “Within a few months I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” • • • The job as a nursing assistant was just the first stop along Legg’s health care journey, as she worked her way through school three times — first to obtain an associates of nursing degree from West Virginia Tech in Montgomery in 1979 and then bachelors and master’s degrees in nursing from WVU in 1985 and 1989. 16 • THRIVE • AUGUST 2020