Linda Nelson recognized by state respiratory therapists
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Linda Nelson tried to keep it a secret. She was honored that she was recently named Greater Nebraska Respiratory Therapist of the Year, but she didn’t want publicity.
However, Nelson, who is a respiratory therapist at Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH), received the honor at the state meeting of the Nebraska Society of Respiratory Care in Lincoln May 14, and the news was out.
She was nominated and voted upon by her peers, which she considers a privilege.
Hospital CEO Steve Lewis said, “It’s quite an honor for her and our facility. She’s very well respected across the state.”
Nelson works with patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, obstructive sleep apnea and asthma.
She began working at CCCH in 1998, then went back to school in 1999 to obtain a teaching degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
At that time she also worked two years full-time and weekends at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Nelson returned to CCCH in 2002.
She loves her patients “Because I get to know them as people and how the diseases impact their lives. They become my friends.”