“I am Myrna LaFleur Brooks, nurse, educator, author…, and now a blogger.”
Let me share with you a little bit about myself.
Early Life, Education, and Work
I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, (I still love open spaces) and graduated from the Grey Nuns School of Nursing in Regina, the city closest to my home.
After a few years of bedside nursing and travel, I settled in Phoenix, Ariz., where I pursued a degree in education from Northern Arizona University, worked as a bedside nurse, directed a hospital staff development program, and spent 27 years as faculty in and Chair of the Health Science Division, Maricopa County Community College District.
I first taught medical terminology in 1970, a two credit course using the textbook titled, The Elements of Scientific and Specialized Terminology by Brunner and Berkowitz. It introduced me to teaching medical terminology using the word part method. Since the book only dealt with terms built from word parts, I was interested in a book that would broaden the offering to medical terms not built from word parts. Unable to find such a text, my teaching partner, Winnie Starr and I sent a proposal for such to Mosby Inc., got accepted, and began writing the text titled Exploring Medical Language, A Student Directed Approach, in 1983. The first edition was published in 1985 and is now going into the 10th edition. I now have the great privilege of coauthoring the textbook with my daughter Danielle LaFleur Brooks.
In 1996, a second medical terminology text, Basic Medical Language, was published, co-authored by Danielle, and is now in its 5th edition.
I am also the original coauthor (I no longer write the revisions) of LaFleur Brooks’ Health Unit Coordinating. The national exposure from the publishing of this textbook led me to become founding president of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators.
I am excited about launching the blog MedTerm Topics. I love monitoring new and emerging terms that are entering our healthcare and medical world almost daily. I remain fascinated by the origin of many medical terms in use today that go back to the times of Aristotle and Hippocrates. If you are like me, and have difficulty with spelling, learning a few rules about how these word parts fit together to form terms helps a lot. Also, knowing the meaning of a few word parts allows one to figure out the meaning of terms they have never seen before. I could go on, but my desire is to now interact with you in sharing this both ancient and modern language of medicine. Join me on this journey by clicking the subscribe button below.
When not working or blogging, I enjoy gardening and winter sports in Vermont where I live with my husband Richard.