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Brooke is coming to us from Olivet’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing (ABSN) track where she was the Level IV Coordinator and Lead Level Coordinator. Brooke has taught for Olivet since 2010. While working as a coordinator, Brooke taught the Adult Health III course each semester. Brooke also served as the chair of the Handbook, the Admission, Progression, and Retention, and the Pinning Committees. Much of Brooke’s efforts in the ABSN track have been focused on improving the delivery of a quality education, streamlining processes, and aligning curriculum in the levels to allow students to make connections more easily. Brooke is currently serving as President of Kappa Sigma, Olivet’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Under her leadership, the chapter received a chapter key award. Only the second one in the 30-year history of the chapter! The chapter also recently received an award for the number of nurse leaders joining the chapter!

Prior to her time at Olivet, Brooke worked as an Emergency Room nurse in a level II trauma center. She also has previous traveling experience in the Chicago land area in various units such as an ED observation unit, PACU, and ICU. Brooke also spent some time managing an allergy clinic for a local ENT physician. When completing her master’s degree in nursing, a colleague who was also her preceptor, enticed her to consider nursing education. After completion of her MSN, Brooke started teaching adjunct for Olivet and then came aboard full time not much longer after that. Brooke fell in love with nursing education and seeing the “light bulbs” go on for students. Brooke has a passion for helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing educational experiences that do just that! Brooke enjoys the opportunity to pray with her students and to see how God is working in the lives of her students.

Brooke completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Capella University with her project focused on health literacy in heart failure patients. After completion of her DNP, Brooke was offered the position of Assistant MSN Program Director. She will be teaching one class at a time while overseeing her administrative duties of the new role. Brooke received her MSN from the University of Phoenix, and graduated from Olivet with her BSN.

Brooke has five sons and is married to her college sweetheart. Her oldest son is 12 years old and is starting the 7thgrade this year! Her youngest son is 3 years old. When Brooke is not at work she is attending sporting events for her children and taking them to and from practices, playing church softball, and rehabbing their home.