Meet the Nurse CEO aka Lolita Korneagay. A registered nurse for 13 years, she decided to pursue a career as an independent nurse contractor and hasn't looked back. She now uses her expertise, experience, and knowledge to help other nurses launch their own businesses and become Nurse CEOs. Read our interview with Lolita, for a special treat, at the end.
1.)How long have you been a nurse?
I've been a Registered Nurse for 13 years.
2.)Why did you decide to become a nurse?
It's a funny story. All of my life I wanted to be a doctor. However, during my 3rd year of college, I was persuaded to change my career. I probably shouldn't have let people influence my decision, but it turns out that it was all a blessing in disguise. Nursing has provided me with unbelievable opportunities and experiences. I'm glad that I didn't become a doctor. LOL!
3.)Tell us about your company, how you are connecting the community and healthcare, and how your business can help healthcare professionals.
I'm the CEO of Korneagay Kollective Incorporated, which is the parent company to Korneagay & Associates and Nurse CEO. Korneagay & Associates is nurse medical management company that provides legal nurse consulting, nurse case management, and patient advocacy services to attorneys, insurance companies, and private payors. As the owner of successful businesses, I wanted to find a way to help other nurses use their expertise to start their own businesses. Therefore, I founded Nurse CEO to be an online community that supports nurses as they start, run, and grow their nursing businesses. Nurse CEO provides quality educational resources to nurses that relate to the business aspect of entrepreneurship.
4.)What are your passions outside of nursing? I love to grill/bbq and I actually have a YouTube channel, Girl Who Grills. I only have a few videos up, but I hope to add more soon!
5.)Where do you see yourself, within the nursing profession, in 5 years?
I have strategic plans to grow my businesses and solidify myself as an industry leader.
6.) What are you most proud of/biggest accomplishment(s)?
I'm most proud of being able to complete a 13-week contract as a travel nurse at Los Angeles County Medical Center in the ICU. It was my 1st travel assignment and the 1st time that I had been to LA as an adult. I was petrified! Many of the nurses that started with me, couldn't tough it out and ended up canceling their contracts and going back home. Finishing that contract literally changed my life.
My biggest accomplishment was completing my MBA while working a full-time job that required me to travel constantly.
7.) If you were not a nurse what would your career be?
Honestly, other than being a doctor, I've always wanted to be an apparel merchandiser. It was a toss up, but I ended up choosing nursing because of the unlimited possibilities.
8.)List all social media accounts and contact info for anyone who may want to contact you.
Lolita has launched a 4 week course called "From Forced Time to Flex Time!" The course walks you through the steps of becoming an independent nurse contractor. If you're ready to take the leap here's the link. (Affiliate link)