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Your Name, Degrees Licenses: Leah Korkis, BSN, RN
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I was born in California, however I grew up on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. My family then moved to the Chicago area while I was in high school, after which I attended Bradley University in central Illinois. I very much enjoyed having this upbringing because I got to see the different cultures of living in paradise, urban, and rural communities. I currently live in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse places in the nation.
What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing? What attracted me to nursing was the fact that in order to be truly good at the job itself, you have to connect with others. This includes discovering their definition of wellness, of pain, of comfort, and of suffering. Itís an honor to peek into someoneís life and meeting him or her where they are vulnerable in order to build them up through education, prayer, or simply listening.
What is your experience and background in Nursing? My background is concentrated in Neurology and Geriatrics. Within these populations, I have worked in acute care, long-term care, and staff development.
Please describe in detail your business/services you provide: Healthy Now and Later is a free resource for caregivers and those 55+. There they will find information on common health topics, health promotion recipes for special diets, and a nation-wide database of local services and financial aid. For further information or clarification, visitors may also Ask A Nurse.
E-mail Address: Nurse@healthynowandlater.com
Social Media Accounts: Twitter: @HealthyNaL
Homepage Address: http://www.healthynowandlater.com/
Type of business categories would you would like to be listed: Consulting, Education, Health Promotion, Preventive Health, Wellness Educators.
Keywords, Phrases that describe your business, experience, services: The more you list the better. Elder care resources, elder caring, free caregiver resources, common health topics, frequently asked health questions, ask a nurse, senior aid, senior resources, senior nonprofits, local senior resources, healthy diet, healthy eating, healthy recipes, heart healthy recipes, kidney friendly recipes, diabetic diet, diabetic meals, low carb recipes, high calorie recipes, Ensure recipes, Glucerna recipes, Boost recipes.
Contact person(s): Leah Korkis
In what date (month/year) did you start your business? September of 2013
How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, NursingEntrepreneurs.com?: I first found Nursefriendly while I was a student nurse, and have since referenced it periodically.
The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 2010
What made you decide to start your own business? The more I work with patients and families, the more value I see in my knowledge as a nurse. Health impacts all aspects on an individualís life, as well as those around them. Starting Healthy Now and Later is a way for me to reach beyond the bedside and share this knowledge to improve the health, wellbeing, and life of another.
What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? Nursing is truly an eclectic blend of skills. We already have foresight as a part of clinical judgment; effective communication, advocacy, efficiency, delegation, and multi-tasking to boot. When these are honed to a specific population or purpose, the sky is the limit.
Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? Yes, I am currently an adult care float nurse. Within my system, I care for adults within the units of step-down, medical-surgical, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, and geriatrics.
How do you feel the coming nursing shortage (as baby boomers enter the healthcare system, and nurses retire in droves) will affect patient care? I foresee baby boomer nurses either staying in the profession longer, or young nurses stepping up to the plate. However, I do see changing needing to be made at the local level (be it individual facilities or state-wide) as well.
Other areas of interest and expertise: I very much enjoy baking and cooking. To me itís like creating a symphony, where each ingredient is an instrument and every bite tells a story.
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