Frances Edwards receives Lifetime Achievement award
During the recent Salute to Nurses ceremony, sponsored by the Tennessean newspaper, Frances M. Edwards received the Lifetime Achievement award. In an interview published in the newspaper’s special section honoring nurses, Frances says that although she is temporarily retired from nursing now, at age eighty, she plans to “be back at it” in June, one year after having undergone heart bypasses.
Edwards, a contributor to Gotcha Covered: A Legacy of Service and Protection, says she always wanted to be a nurse, and despite her parents’ objections, she enrolled in Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, from where she has an undergraduate and graduate degree. She has worked in many capacities, from recovery room to classroom, but her passion is found in the art of healing, especially through the use of alternative therapies such as Reiki and Healing Touch.
She has also been a political advocate in many forums, from presidency of the Tennessee Nurses’ Associateion to presidency and/or chair of many community and national organizations. According to her nomination, “no one in Tennessee has been more involved in promoting the health of Tennesseans and the welfare of registered nurses over such a long period of time than Frances Edwards.”
Many congratulations, Frances!