“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 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 is in the 10th edition. I have the great privilege of co-authoring 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 the founding president of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators.
I spend my time researching and writing blog posts for MedTermTopics which was launched two years ago. I am excited about its success and we have just revised the site for easier navigation and an updated look.
I love the language of medicine and I appreciate its importance as a language in communicating inside and outside the medical field. How many medical terms are built from word parts, the origin of terms, new and emerging terms, and how the language is learned are all areas I can explore with the blog. Please join me in this exploration and sign up to receive free blog posts every other week.
When not working or blogging, I enjoy gardening and winter sports in Vermont where I live with my husband Richard.