Dr. Brooks: These Are A Few Of Her Favorite Things
As Dr. Brooks wraps up her time at MCCN, we have asked her to reflect on some of her favorite things during her time as MCCN President.
1. What is your favorite memory while at MCCN?
My favorite memory was visiting students in the Mount Carmel West cafeteria at 0630 in the morning with Dr. Ann Waterman and talking with the students and their clinical instructors before they went upstairs for their clinical experience. I loved telling them how great they looked in their white uniforms, sharing stories about what patients and nurses might expect from them and Ann and I both telling them how proud we were that they chose to pursue a nursing career. Clinical faculty always made us feel welcome! Ann was a great colleague and loves students so we had a wonderful time being cheerleaders for their journey of learning!
2. What is your favorite event you’ve attended?
There are so many favorites, but one that is so memorable is my Commissioning as President in November 2018. The beautiful event held with a Mass in the MSB Auditorium celebrated by a dear friend, Father Jerry Francik was so special. My sister and dear friends from Maryland were part of my cheering section. Right before the Mass began, my brother and his wife, my cousin and his wife, Dean of Catholic University School of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research, had all come to surprise me. At the reception, my roommate from my days as an Army nurse at West Point and her husband also came to provide support! Having my sister, my dear friends Brian and Rosanne, Fr. Jerry celebrating the Mass and MCCN Board of Trustees members, faculty, and staff, and Mount Carmel Health System leaders and colleagues made the event one of faith and hope that I will never forget!
3. What will you miss most about MCCN?
I will miss the people and living the mission of MCCN! I have been blessed by being President to work with so many people here in the College, in MCHS, in Trinity and in the community. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, MCCN Board of Trustees members, Mount Carmel Health System leaders and so many others have been partners, coaches, mentors, friends and supporters of doing what is right! I have learned so much and am grateful for the opportunity to serve!
4. What has been a gift you will treasure most from someone at MCCN?
Among my favorite gifts are the chocolates that Pat McKnight, MS, RDN, LD, LADA, FAND, sends me for major holidays and events. I cherish her thoughtfulness and generosity and feel that she is giving me permission to eat chocolate!
5. What is your favorite stuffed animal from your collection?
My favorite animal from my collection is the lion! I grew to love lions (king of the jungle) while on a South African safari and noted how lions do not use their voice (roar) until needed. I love the lion because it reminds me to use the roar when there is a situation that needs immediate attention! It reassures me that we can all use the “roar” because we are strong and know what to do.
6. What is your favorite restaurant in Columbus?
Tommy’s – I love Tommy, his sons, his wife the pastry chef and all the waitresses that take care of us.
7. What is your favorite drink?
Arnold Palmer – iced tea and lemonade.
8. What has been your go-to snack while at MCCN?
Happily, it is always chocolate. I keep M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in my office at all times. I add Peppermint Patties and other treats when needed.
9. What has been your favorite season to experience in Columbus?
Football season – high energy, lots of excitement, people and great food! I love being with Ohio State fans and feeling their joys and sadness with their team and players. I love sports, so being in Columbus has been great.
10.What was your favorite class to visit?
I loved visiting all the classes but especially visiting students in their clinical setting. Professors Frieda Gill, MS, RN, CCRN, and Mary Gregg, MS, RN, CNM, took me out to various clinical settings and I really enjoyed seeing students being part of interprofessional health care teams and feeling appreciated for their work!