Laurette is a Registered Nurse and a graduate of Berry College in 1982 and of Mississippi University for Women in 1985 with a BSN. Following graduation, her hospital nursing experience began at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, MS in med/surgery. Her nursing experience has also included Home Health Nursing in Mississippi and Florida,encompassing almost 10 years; an Endocrinology Medical Practice both in New Jersey and Florida as a Diabetic Educator; and Hospice Nursing in Boca Raton, Florida for 7 years.
She married Robert Beekman in 1995. They have two children, a son, Colin, born in 1997 and a daughter, Samantha, born in 2000. In 2001, they moved to Knoxville the week before September 11, 2001. Laurette was a stay at home mom until Samantha started Kindergarten. She then entered the Parish Nursing Training Program through Baptist Hospital in 2006.
Laurette feels very blessed to carry out a Parish Nurse Ministry here at Sequoyah Hills as well as in the local community. There are many activities that she assists with, but none as meaningful as visitation. With GOD’s continuing guidance and grace, she anticipates continuing to assist in meeting this congregation’s need for health promotion to include the Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Parish Nursing is an Interdenominational Program, which reclaims the spiritual dimension of nursing care providing a holistic approach to patient care. Here at Sequoyah HillsPresbyterian Church, our parish nurse
- works with the Senior Adults;
- visits the sick, homebound, hospitalized, and those living in nursing home/assistedliving facilities;
- utilizes a large phone ministry;
- arranges health fairs;
- provides speakers for Stephen Ministers continuing education;
- coordinates the monthly Church and Community Luncheon;
- schedules Medic Blood Drives;
- organizes Flu Shot Campaigns;
- provides monthly Blood Pressure Screenings;
- provides CPR training;
- has esatablished Tai Chi classes for both beginning and continuing students to improvebalance, strength, and reduce stress for all ages.
- Began an interactive handwashing campaign for SHEEP students in grades 3-6created a medical equipment closet providing wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, shower chairs to those in need.
- Helped form and participates in the Health and Wholeness Committee, which infusesthe concept of healthy practices into all aspects of the church.