Touko Leuga, FNP- BC, Nurse Practitioner
At his early teenage years, Touko Leuga knew that he wanted to be an advocate for the most vulnerable in society. Becoming a lawyer to have a chance to help make the world a better place was his ultimate goal. After graduating from high school, he was admitted into a prestigious law school where he earned a degree in law and political science. Touko’s life took a tremendous shift after he was admitted into a hospital and received impressive nursing care from the staff at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC). From the moment Touko left that hospital bed he decided that he wanted to become a nurse and have the same impact on others. Fortunately, that role was aligning towards the same advocacy role that he dreamed of as a teenager.
Six months after his hospitalization, Touko was admitted into a nursing program where he later graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) and within 3 years of being a patient at MWHC he became one of the nurses providing exceptional care to the patients. As an RN, Touko worked for many hospitals including MWHC, Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital, Georges Washington Hospital, and VA Hospital in Washington DC. He cumulated experiences in cardiac, oncology, step down, med-psych and many others. He also served as charge nurse and preceptor to new nurses. After working a few years as an RN, Touko decided to become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then earned his Master of Science degree at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a national board certification with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a family nurse practitioner. With over 15 years of clinical exposure, Touko Leuga has been a family nurse practitioner since 2016 with experiences in primary care, urgent care, pain management, and house call. As an FNP, Touko provides a wide range of family-focused health care services to patients of all ages, including infants, adolescents, adults, and seniors. He maintains patient records; performs physical exams; orders or performs diagnostic tests; prescribes medications; develops treatment plans; and treats acute and chronic illnesses, conditions and injuries that fall under primary care.
Philosophy of care
In the constant change of today’s health care climate, the growing need for the advanced practice nurse role in society is increasingly evident. As an advanced practice nurse, I am confident the time spent with my client encompasses more than just diagnosing and prescribing. I believe, my clients expect a relationship of mutual respect and reciprocity with their Nurse Practitioner, together with the assurance that this advanced practice nurse is a competent health care provider. The advanced practice nurse should be a positive influence for clients of all ages along the health care spectrum. This influence may include teaching clients, families, or communities how to live a healthy life in spite of disease.