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WVU Nursing alum named best family nurse practitioner in the region

Christina "Chris" Brash, of Fayetteville, West Virginia, has recently been named Fayette County’s favorite physician by the Fayette Tribune’s annual Best of the Best edition.

Brash, a WVU School of Nursing alum, was previously awarded this honor in 2019 and said she is delighted to be given the honorable achievement twice. While Brash is not technically a physician, she is a family nurse practitioner, which she describes as “the next best thing.”

Upon accepting her new title, Brash said, “You know your heart is just to help guide people to be in the best health they could be, and so it's just very humbling to think that people can see what's in my heart.”

After becoming a licensed cosmetologist and being a stay-at-home mom for nine years, Brash decided she needed a change. In 2000, she decided to attend the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in pursuit of an undergraduate degree in nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2004 and began working in the critical care unit at Raleigh General Hospital.

After about a year of working in the CCU, Brash became an assistant patient care coordinator at Hospice of Southern West Virginia and was quickly promoted to clinical care coordinator. She was able to provide comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients from their homes.

In 2010, Brash went on to receive her master's degree in nursing at Marshall University’s Graduate College. While working towards her master’s degree, Brash continued her home hospice care role. After graduating with an MSN-FNP, Brash then joined the New River Health Association in Oak Hill as a family nurse practitioner, after working in hospice for 10 years.

“I love seeing patients face to face, and just helping them with a plan of care that makes them healthier.”

Brash encourages other nurses to keep persevering despite the hardships of the job saying.

“What you get back from nursing is more than what you give.”



CONTACT: Wendy Holdren
Director of Communications and Marketing
WVU School of Nursing