Thrive-Health Guide Southern West Virginia August 2020 - Page 20

“I have been honored to work side-by-side with some of the most wonderful clinical and administrative nurses through the years, especially at the VA,” she said. “I just want to encourage people to recognize, especially this day and age we’re in, that being in healthcare is just a hard profession anyway, but healthcare is tough right now. Nursing is tough. “It’s those frontline workers out there every day who deserve real recognition and respect.” • • • Legg, who recently moved from Oak Hill to Pipestem for her retirement years, says she’ll miss nursing, but is ready the next phase. “It’s time for me,” she says. “It’s been a great journey, but I have a 5-year-old grandson that is waiting on his Nana.” She looks back on her career with fondness and pride and says she’s glad the VA was the final stop. “The most noble way for me to end my career was taking care of the veterans — our nation’s heroes,” she said. “I can’t think of a more noble way to close out a career than to do that.” And she regularly encourages others to consider nursing, dispensing the same advice her mother gave her 44 years ago. “I’ve always encouraged people to see if it’s for them and go pursue what their heart and mind tells them to do,” she said. “The world needs more caring nurses now than ever.” 20 • THRIVE • AUGUST 2020