Title: School/Community Health Nurse
Company: Lufkin Independent School District
Location: Lufkin, Texas, United States
Bennie Brewer Rogers, School and Community Health Nurse at Lufkin Independent School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in school nursing.
Ms. Rogers is a retired school and community health nurse who dedicated more than four decades of her career to promoting health, wellness, and safety. As a young child, she decided that she and her brother would grow up to become doctors or nurses, and in 1964, she made her childhood dream come true when she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical. Ms. Rogers went on to earn a Master of Science in counseling at Troy State University in 1978, and pursued additional postgraduate study at Central State University and Angelina College throughout the 1980s. After marrying her husband Willie Carl Rogers, an Air Force veteran, in 1967, Ms. Rogers spent the first part of her nursing career on Air Force bases; working first as a consultant on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama before becoming a staff nurse at Tinker Air Force Base Hospital in Oklahoma City.
After leaving the military, Ms. Rogers transitioned into school nursing for Oklahoma City Public Schools. She ended her career in 2004 as a school nurse for Lufkin Independent School District in Lufkin, Texas, where she had spent numerous years providing healthcare education and interventions for students and community members, including community workshops on topics such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. Among Ms. Rogers’ career highlights was the impact she was able to have on a 10th grade student who was already the parent of two children: after babysitting her youngest son so she could attend summer school, Ms. Rogers has kept in touch with him and watched proudly as he attended college and started a family of his own. In recognition of Ms. Rogers’ accomplishments on behalf of her students and patients, she was inducted into the Dunbar Hall of Honor in 2008. She remains active in the Top Ladies of Distinction, her area Arts Alliance, and the Abundant Life United Methodist Church, and is a member of numerous societies and community groups, including the NAACP, the American Association of University Women, the National Association of School Nurses, Delta Sigma Theta, and Gamma Chi Chi. In her retirement, Ms. Rogers enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and five grandchildren.
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