Home Nursing With Heart provides rehabilitation and skilled nursing services for patients following a recent hospital, rehab facility, or nursing home stay due to surgery, injury or illness. Julie Laughlin is the President of Home Nursing With Heart.
Tell us a little about your business. – We’re a team of experienced therapists and nurses who specialize in caring for patients with a variety of cardiac, respiratory, neurological, and orthopedic conditions, in the comfort of the patients’ homes.
How did you get started in the business? – I had a semester in nursing school involving home health care. I really enjoyed it and felt like I could make a positive impact in the home setting with my skillset.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – As many businesses do, there was a brief time when we grew too fast and made some unforeseen mistakes. However, we made changes, had some luck go our way, and today we’re enjoying more success than we ever have.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Building a successful business and having our 10 year celebration this year.
Tell us a little about your family – I met my husband Jim 5 years ago when he moved to Omaha and we’ve been married for three great years now. I have two wonderful kids, Jessica (25) and Jacob (23), who are both out of the house doing their own thing. And of course Ernie our Golden Retriever who was featured in last month’s Strictly Business magazine.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Starting the business as a single mother with two very young children was the most challenging, frightening, and life changing experience for me. I had no choice but to succeed.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Spend time with my husband and working in the yard. Jim enjoys all kinds of activities so it’s fun spending time with him. I’m an outdoor person and really enjoy keeping the yard looking great.
What are you most proud of? – Being a nurse and giving exceptional care. I’m not a business owner that sits behind a desk all day. I’m out with our nurses and therapists in the field often.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – It’s not so much ‘advice’ as it is famous quotes that inspire me. Obviously “The harder you work the luckier you get” is a favorite as well as Abraham Lincoln’s quote “Whatever you are, be a good one”.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Caring. This word spans from my personal relationships with my family, to the workplace with our staff, to our business partners that trust us to take care of their patients, and most importantly to our patients themselves.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – To be a food critic like Anthony Bourdain. I absolutely love trying different foods, eating, and traveling along with that would be incredible.
What local non-profit organization are you passionate about and why? – Being a lifelong cardiology nurse I’ve followed the American Heart Association. They’re an extraordinary and impactful organization that is very activity and educationally driven.
What is the last good book you read? – Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” It was voted one of the top ten influential books in America.
What is your favorite TV show? – Modern Family.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – The French Bulldog.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – At (402) 614-4622 or visit Home Nursing With Heart at www.HomeNursingWithHeart.com.