Profiles of some of our area's top nurses.
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A career in nursing can be quite rewarding. From direct patient care to educating and supporting not only those who are injured or ill but their families as well, nurses change lives. Memphis is fortunate to have many highly skilled nurses working for some of the nation’s top medical providers. Here, we highlight just a few whose daily work enhances the lives of cancer patients, burn victims, children with epilepsy, and others who require medical assistance. They strive to make Memphis a happier, healthier place, and for that, we salute them. — Shara Clark
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Lai Brooks is director of Epilepsy Patient Services at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She’s worked at Le Bonheur for more than ten years. In her current role, Brooks helps treat and coordinate care for pediatric epilepsy patients through Le Bonheur’s Level IV accredited comprehensive epilepsy program. She’s helped numerous families cope with the difficult diagnosis of epilepsy and has helped many children become seizure-free — the ultimate hope for epilepsy patients. Lai has helped implement daily nurse-led educational sessions — called Epilepsy Partners — which offer a chance for epilepsy families to interact and learn answers to common pediatric epilepsy questions.
Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001 and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing four years later from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. Just two years ago, she earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In 2009, Lai became the first pediatric neuroscience nurse to earn the Rising Star of Clinical Practice award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN). She also wrote a chapter in the AANN core curriculum.
Brooks says the favorite part of her job is working with patients and families to help them better understand and cope with their child’s epilepsy.