Recently, a special woman, Leah Forsythe, retired from French Hospital Medical Center after 39 years of employment and near the age of 90. During her nursing career, she primarily worked as the evening supervisor until she decided to demote herself to unit clerk coordinator, saving those many miles she walked covering all areas of the hospital after hours.
Leah’s leadership abilities, nursing skills and knowledge reassured all who worked with her. As the director of nurses during the ’80s, I rarely received a call from Leah after hours with a question regarding policy. She provided hands-on care when needed and was a mentor for many new and experienced nurses. Leah loved her work, and it was demonstrated in her dedication to patients, staff and the hospital.
For those of us who had the privilege of being a colleague, we toss our symbolic nurse’s caps in the air to Leah, “a Nurse’s Nurse.” We love and thank you.