Deborah Leader, About.com's Guide to COPD, is a freelance medical journalist and registered nurse who has worked in a variety of health care settings, including acute care hospitals, home health, and public health. She is the co-author of IV Therapy for Dummies, published in November, 2012.
Deborah started her career at UCLA Medical Center on a neurological step-down unit. She then transferred to telemetry and eventually specialized in medical-surgical intensive care, which she did for many years. Currently, she works as a Specialty Infusion Nurse administering IVIG Therapy to patients in their homes. She is also a frequent contributor to the Inogen One Blog where she discusses living with chronic breathing conditions, how to manage COPD, and the benefits of portable oxygen concentrators.
Deborah graduated from Mt. St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, California with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She went on to further her career by attending St. Francis Career College where she received her Critical Care Nursing Certification.
By Deborah Leader, RN:
Interacting with patients is the best part of my job. To be able to hold someone's hand during their most vulnerable moments and show them that you care, is a feeling unsurpassed by no other. At times being a nurse is frustrating, given the current state of health care, but the patients are what makes it all worthwhile. They keep me coming back!