Nurse Practitioner receives service award at Salute to Nurses in Tennessee

Nurse Practitioner receives service award at Salute to Nurses in Tennessee

Lisa Farmer receives the Caring Heart Award from Tennessean columnist Brad Schmitt

The 13th annual Salute to Nurses was held Tuesday evening, June 2, in Nashville, Tennessee. Local newspaper, The Tennessean, has partnered with the Tennessee Nurses Association since 2003 to honor local healthcare providers who represent the best of the nursing profession. The event was held at City Winery and was attended by some 250 nursing professionals and guests from across the state. Nominees are recognized in five areas – the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Caring Heart Award, the Community Outreach Award, the Vision of Nursing Award and finally, the highly sought-after Nurse of the Year Award.

We are pleased to share that Lisa Farmer, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for Corizon Health, was the winner of the Caring Heart Award. Lisa, who performs her duties at the Bledsoe County Correctional Facility in Pikeville, Tennessee, got her start as an EMT before deciding the enter the nursing field and eventually earning her master’s in psychiatric mental health because, in her words, “I wanted to be more involved.” Robert Garrett, a mental health administrator for Corizon Health, says this about Lisa, “She tries every single day to become a better steward in the community, a better nurse and a better provider.”

We congratulate Lisa on this exciting honor, born of the dedication and care she brings to her calling of nursing. This award is a physical representation of the Corizon Health Vision of providing quality healthcare and reentry services to improve the health and safety of our patients, reduce recidivism and better the communities where we all live and work. As for Lisa, she states her professional vision this way, “We all do the job of nursing because we care and we want to touch people’s lives in ways that help them to do better or to be better people.”

Read the entire article and learn about the other award winners here.