Let me introduce myself. My name is Laura Banner and I’m a neurology nurse practitioner. I have a passion for caring for dementia patients and their families. Early on it became evident to me that as a society we have a rapidly increasing number of people with dementia and a limited amount of resources to care for them. Too often my patients and their loved ones are asking for resources that are just not available. I have created this website to be that resource.
Early in my career
I began my career in healthcare back in the 1990’s when I became a registered nurse. I spent over 15 years a high-risk labor and delivery nurse working at both private and community hospitals. After years of sharing in the joy and sometimes extreme sorry with families I decided to return to school to get my masters degree in nursing. I wasn’t sure what my future career plans were but I just knew that I needed to expand my knowledge base. I obtained my undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach and my masters of science/family nurse practitioner degree at University of North Georgia (formerly Georgia College and State University)
Developing a passion
Since becoming a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-c) I have been working in neurology. I started working in the acute care setting, seeing patients in the hospital. After several years of hospital practice I transitioned into the outpatient clinic setting. For the last several years I’ve been evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients with a wide variety of neurologic conditions. Early on I developed a passion for dementia patients. I love providing care and comfort to the patient, their caregiver and family members. Although we don’t yet have a cure, I take pride in making the journey a little less stressful by providing support and education to everyone impacted by the disease.
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