Educate, Empower, and Elevate Black Men's Health

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For some people nursing is more than a job, it is a “calling.” Beverly Barnett believes that is the case with her. She is a registered nurse, nurse educator, health and wellness consultant, and legal nurse consultant.

Beverly believes her “calling” was born as a child with an acute illness. This would lead her to complete a practical nursing program upon graduation from high school. Within four years she would earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing and begin to fulfill her calling as a registered nurse to patients and families. 

Beverly believes her “calling” was born as a child with an acute illness. This would lead her to complete a practical nursing program upon graduation from high school. Within four years she would earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing and begin to fulfill her calling as a registered nurse to patients and families. Later she would obtain a Master of Science degree in nursing and teach nursing at the collegiate level. Teaching at the collegiate level provided an opportunity for her to not only help people gain a career that could provide financial stability and enhance the quality of life for their family but to diversify the health care community that the family lives in. Now she wants to share her knowledge and experience directly with the community family. For Beverly, family is everything.

Beverly begins her healthy living focus on men, specifically Black men’s health. Beverly’s story begins with her husband fight against cancer. She believes that chronic diseases rob the family of valuable life sharing opportunities. For most families, the head of the family is the male, and he sets the stage for the family’s lifestyle. The Black family’s health and wellness begins with Black men demonstrating healthy living practices that are proactive rather than a reaction to an illness or chronic disease.

Later she would obtain a Master of Science degree in nursing and teach nursing at the collegiate level. Teaching at the collegiate level provided an opportunity for her to not only help people gain a career that could provide financial stability and enhance the quality of life for their family but to diversify the health care community that the family lives in. Now she wants to share her knowledge and experience directly with the community family. For Beverly, family is everything.

Beverly begins her healthy living focus on men, specifically Black men’s health. Beverly’s story begins with her husband fight against cancer. She believes that chronic diseases rob the family of valuable life sharing opportunities. For most families, the head of the family is the male, and he sets the stage for the family’s lifestyle. The Black family’s health and wellness begins with Black men demonstrating healthy living practices that are proactive rather than a reaction to an illness or chronic disease.

There are three simple things Beverly wants Black men to do. First is to acquire knowledge of your family history of acute illnesses and chronic diseases. Second, get a yearly physical. If you do not have a doctor, get one. Third, share your family history with your doctor. These three actions can move you from a reactive to a proactive health pattern and get you on the pathway to healthy living.
Beverly is widowed and has three adult children. She resides in Bossier City, Louisiana with her fearless watch dog, Sue, the wiener dog. You can visit her on Facebook or LinkedIn by typing in iambeverlybarnett or email her at info@iambeverlybarnett.com.

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