The decorated Army Nurse Corps veteran has more than 25 years experience

CANANDAIGUA — During her 25 years in the Army Nurse Corps, retired Col. Lisa Lehning served in a variety of senior leadership positions in the Army Medical Department. Among them: consultant to the Army’s Surgeon General for emergency nursing and deputy commander for Patient and Nursing Services (CNO) of a large, academic Level II trauma center.

Now, in her latest chapter of service, Lehning is on board at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic as senior nurse executive. As of March 6, Lehning began providing management and leadership to Patient and Nursing Services at both VA sites.

A decorated veteran, Lehning served multiple tours overseas including two deployments to Afghanistan. Her military career, exceeding two decades, provided experience “in leading diverse workforces, developing collaborative high performing teams, performance improvement and change management,” according to the VA. Lehning “also brings a wealth of experience in construction management, complex arbitration and resolving workplace conflict,” stated the VA.

A board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Lehning has a focus in trauma and critical care. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 1990, and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Washington in Seattle in 2005.

Military medals Lehning has earned include the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. She has earned the Air Assault and Expert Field Medical Badge and is also the recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit from the Army Medical Department.