Through our Monthly Spotlight Series, we are taking the time to highlight the staff at KidsCare Home Health. We hope you gain inspiration and valuable advice from these successful individuals and their stories.
This month we were excited to interview Leona Hudson, Director of Nursing for Oregon at KidsCare Home Health.
Where did you grow-up and what is special about your hometown?
I was born and raised in Lahaina on the island of Maui. Lahaina is a great small town that is rich in Hawaiian history. What I love about Lahaina is the feeling of family within the community.
Why did you decide to become a nurse?
I decided to go into nursing as a high school student. I found out while volunteering as a “candy striper” in the local hospital how much I enjoyed working with people in the health care setting.
Where did you go to school for college?
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
What is your favorite thing about working in pediatric nursing?
Working with the family members and using a family centered approach to provide nursing care to their child.
When you’re not at work, how do you like to spend your time?
I spend my free time with family, at church, volunteering, and relaxing with my two French Bulldogs (Zeeky and Axel).
What is the best advice you’ve received for your career?
Advice from my nursing instructor “learn something new every day”
What advice would you share with someone looking to become a nurse?
My advice would be: What are you waiting for? Get to it!
What is your favorite part about your position as a Director of Nursing for Oregon?
Meeting other health care providers in the community and learning from each other to provide the best care possible for the medically fragile children in the community.