A Letcher County nurse is one of 75 from across the nation chosen to be profiled in a new book by an awardwinning photographer and filmmaker.
Carrie Lee-Hall, who has worked at the University of Kentucky North Fork Valley Community Health Center in Hazard for the past four years, told filmmaker Carolyn Jones why she wanted to be a nurse.
In the book “The American Nurse,” which will be available for purchase in October, Lee-Hall, who is now a nurse practitioner, credits her great-grandmother for the inspiration to become a nurse. Lee-Hall helped care for her terminally ill great-grandmother when she was 12 and remembers how her great-grandmother would ring a cowbell tied to her bed when she needed assistance.
“She was so appreciative of me and she taught me a lot about life, “ said Lee-Hall in “The American Nurse.”
Jones interviewed Lee- Hall on the topics of infant mortality and transportation in rural Kentucky and quality versus quantity care. Those film clips can be viewed at american- nurseproject.com/interviews.
Lee-Hall graduated from Frontier Nursing School in Hyden and has been a certifi ed nurse midwife for eight years. She was nominated by Frontier Nursing School to be interviewed by Jones.
Lee-Hall participated in Jones’s project because she wanted to tell her story.
“I’m just so proud of my heritage,” said Lee-Hall. “I wanted everyone to know this story of why I wanted to become a midwife and the importance of nursing care.”
Lee-Hall will practice pediatrics, family medicine and OB/GYN at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg beginning August 13. She will deliver babies at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital and will provide inpatient hospital care.