With large population centers – such as Houston – comes the possibility of passing along diseases and pests much more easily from person to person, and health care workers need to have the correct education to be able to recognize how to deal with these potential outbreaks and care for their patients appropriately.

(Photo Courtesy of Penny Warner)

(Photo Courtesy of Penny Warner)

Nurse Penny Warner started her own lice removal service in 2006 in Houston after battling lice with her own children. She built The Lice Place based on the need for better head lice education with better, safer and more effective non-toxic treatment methods.

The Lice Place is now successfully removing head lice in Houston, The Woodlands, Katy, Dallas, Austin and Birmingham, Alabama, and it is “the only lice removal franchise treatment center in the United States owned and operated by a Registered Nurse.”

What degree program did you study? What does your current position entail? 

“I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas School of Nursing. As business owner of The Lice Place, I do a bit of everything: sales, marketing, education, public speaking, recruiting, training, operations management and more.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“It provided me with critical thinking skills, time management and an understanding of not just how the body works, but the mind as well. Head lice takes a very emotional and mental toll on families and my education as well as my experience as an ICU Nurse and Director of Quality Care and Risk Management has been extremely beneficial in not only dealing with my clients but has helped tremendously in how I run and grow my business.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education since beginning this position?

“I’ve attended several business management seminars as well as seminars dealing with labor relations.”

Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

“Learn as much as you can about the business, find a really good mentor, be realistic in your expectations and know that every day really does provide a new learning experience. Owning your own business really does mean ‘the buck stops here.’”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.