Currently Producer and Host of OUTSPOKEN TV Cable Shows in Chicago and California, Karon White Gibson, Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager, began her pre-career as a teenage hospital "candystriper" at the visitor information desk, passing out flowers and helping patients. She later enrolled in Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center School of Nursing. Fortunately, as an urban inner city hospital, it offered the educational opportunity to learn about every disease and trauma. After graduation, she became the Psychiatric Unit Charge Nurse and an Emergency Room relief nurse. Karon is the co author of Nurses On Our Own, St. Martin's Press and Avon and IUniverse paperback. It was optioned for a tv movie.
During her years as a hospital nurse, she pioneered the first US freestanding Independent Nursing Practice Corporation Clinic off site to offer the middle class and others the opportunity to receive treatments and procedures without long waits, bridging the gap of the middle class deficit in health care and supplementing, not substituting, doctors' visits. Karon later began offering staffing services to hospitals, in home no medicare visits, around the clock nursing to critical patients at home, and first aid services on major motion pictures. Karon has done also commercial consulting at concerts and convention centers. She has been the Celebrity Movie set Nurse on many major motion pictures including Dr. Detroit, Risky Business, Toughest Man and Conspiracy of Love with Robert Young and Drew Barrymore; Tom Cruise, Dan Acroyd, Mr T and many other movie stars. She was the Manager of First Aid, Lost Children and Insurance at Old Chicago Indoor Amusement Park and Shopping Mall offering service to up to 90,000 people per day and stars who sang and performed there as well as The Fury Movie filmed in part there. She also worked at McCormick Place Convention Center and NBC and CBS as occupational health Nurse.
Karon created the Chicago Nurse of the Year Awards on National Nurses Day, May 6. She has received awards and accolades from many organizations, including the Chicago National Association of Women Business Owners as Businesswoman of the Year and the Community Service Award from NurseWeek National Magazine. She was also honored as Living Legend by the National Nurses in Business and Citizen of the Year from Geneva Lakes, Wisconsin.
Karon offers motivational speeches to nurses, women,and students on how to overcome obstacles and challenges in their careers and professional lives. As coauthor of the book, NURSES ON OUR OWN, the story that demystifies medicine and hospitals, she tells of the rewards and challenges of business and nursing while chronicling adventure and intrigue.
She is a member of the prestigious Committee of 200, an organization of preeminent businesswomen, and the Chicago Network. She has been profiled in People Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times and Nurseweek magazine and many other periodicals. AmericaNurse.com and Americantvproductions. Her show is availale on youtube and Ustream and cable tv in Chicago and 67 suburbs ....