Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

June 25, 2014

Rita Sexton, a profile in caregiving

June 25, 2014 — Many times in our lives we encounter medical personnel who stand out in their profession.

Some seem born to be caregivers and that’s what you find with Rita Sexton, a registered nurse at the Little Sandy District Health Department.

Sexton is quick to say her strength to be in medicine for 35 years comes from God who is her foundation with family a close second.

One of nine children, she is proud of growing up in a closely knit family in Webbville.

When asked why she became a nurse, Sexton explains:

“Mom and dad instilled in us that caring for and helping others were important and I could not think of anything else I wanted to do. Some wanted me to teach but by my second semester at Morehead State I knew I wanted to be a nurse.”

December of 1978 was a big month for Sexton. She finished her nursing degree at MSU on Dec. 13 and married “the most amazing man”, Terry Sexton, on Dec. 21.

In a 35-year career, Sexton has experienced some ups and downs, starting as a nurse’s aide while in college through different types of nursing duty at King’s Daughters and Our Lady of Bellefonte hospitals and Carter Nursing and Rehab.

She says she has seen life from birth to death and all stages in between.

Sexton has been with the Little Sandy District Health Department for over 20 years, serving as a clinic nurse and a school nurse and now in administration.

She believes her steps have been guided by God and that she is exactly where she is meant to be.

When asked all of the lives she has touched, her simple response was “I hope I have.”

She added:

“I have tried to show God. You know when you are hurting sometimes the medicine that is given doesn't help but prayer does or holding their hand or just crying with them or the family.”

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