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Nurse Makes ‘Connection’ with Patients By Brushing Their Hair on Her Days Off [Video]



  • A Las Vegas nurse is making connections with patients by helping care for them both on and off the clock.
  • Brooke Johns brushes or braids the hair of any patient during her days off.
  • According to Brooke, “there’s something therapeutic about the human touch.”

A Las Vegas nurse is spending her days off at Southern Hills Hospital to help take care of patients.

For Brooke Johns, “there’s something therapeutic about the human touch.” She told ABC affiliate KNTV, “Human talking, human touching, it’s that connection that we’re all hard-wired for.”

Brooke, who works as an ER nurse for 2 ½ years, brushes or braids the hair of any patient who requests her service. She hopes that in doing so can provide a spark for those seeking a human connection while inpatient.

Brooke started pampering patients five months ago after a friend ran into a problem while at the hospital fighting an illness.

“Her hair was very snarled, she was too weak to brush it out herself and it was something she was very worried about,” the ER nurse told the news outlet. “So, one of the times I was up there I was able to brush out her hair and braid it and just talk with her.”

When Brooke finally left her friend’s room, she said the patient “was a different person.” 

Brooke’s kindness towards everyone has touched many. Sierra Stein, a former patient, credits Brooke’s efforts for getting proper care and treatment.

“COVID is going around and there’s a lot of isolation,” Sierra noted. “You can’t have visitors or someone to come in with you or hold your hand and to have someone just to be able to braid your hair makes you feel like you’re at home again.”

As more nurses want to follow her lead, Brooke is working on a new plan. Once visitation restrictions are lifted, she plans to dress up as Elsa from Frozen and visit younger patients at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.


“I think nurses, in general, get into this to help other people,” Brooke said of her life’s calling.

Great job, Brooke. Thank you for your kindness.

Source: MSN