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Polk State Nursing graduate continues a family legacy


Beverly Laidig began her journey into nursing with large shoes to fill.

A member of Polk State College’s 130th graduating class, Laidig was inspired to go into the profession and attend Polk State by her mother, grandmother, and aunts – all accomplished nurses.

Laidig’s mother, Sallie Smith, spent 53 years as a nurse at Lakeland Regional Health, retired as supervisor of the emergency department, and attended A Night of Legacy to celebrate her daughter’s accomplishments. Her aunt, Charlotte Brooks, was once Florida’s Director of Children’s Medical Services. Aunt Rebecca Brooks was a nurse at Watson Clinic for 45 years and her grandmother, Ann Brooks, worked as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Lakeland Regional Health (then Lakeland General Hospital) for 18 years.

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