Mainline Health Systems recently welcomed back Brenda Jacobs, a nurse practitioner who has returned to Mainline after being away six years.

Jacobs, of Monticello, said she is returning to Mainline to “serve my own community and make a difference.”

Jacobs received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing from Delta State University and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Samford University.

Jacobs, who started her nursing career in 1984 as a Licensed Practical Nurse, said she chose that career because she loves people and believes nursing is the “greatest profession in the land.”

“You have the opportunity to help people and watch them progress toward wellness,” she said. “Nursing is ministry.”

Her professional philosophy centers on learning. “There are no failures; just results to learn from,” she said.

She is inspired by the quote:

In this life we are all just walking up the mountain and we can sing as we climb or we can complain about our sore feet. Whichever we choose we still gotta do the hike. I decided a long time ago singing made a lot more sense.

“Complaining gets you nowhere, just pick you a song and keep climbing,” Jacobs said. “It is so refreshing to get lost in positive thoughts.”

Outside of work, Jacobs enjoys traveling, reading and exploring nature.

Jacobs is also active in her church and community. She is a “‘proud member” of Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church in Monticello where she serves as an elder; a member of Southeast Arkansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a member of Mu Chi, Chi of CHI Eta Phi Inc., and prayer coordinator for “The Call of Southeast Arkansas.”

Jacobs and her husband of 30 years, Carl Jacobs, have two sons, Kevin and Zachary; two granddaughters; and a “fur baby.”