Layla Qaabidh started her nursing career working in various inpatient nursing units including telemetry, step-down, cardiothoracic, and ICU units. She has worked as a charge nurse, patient care coordinator, and assistant administrative nurse manager in many city hospitals. She also served as a research consultant for a local magnet hospital in Westchester County.
She has published articles in nursing journals with topics focusing on issues affecting diversity in nursing. She has presented at local events and community functions on health topics ranging from preventative treatments to self-help exams. She has also given yearly workshops on influential black nurses and their contribution to the profession of nursing.
She has completed all course work necessary for her Ph.D. in nursing from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and is currently working on her dissertation, which is aimed at investigating health behaviors of young black men. She has completed the Emergency Nurses Association Trauma Nurse Core Course as a provider and the Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course as a provider. She has been certified through the American Heart Association as a basic care life support provider and an advanced care life support provider.
Qaabidh is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, serves as the secretary of the New York chapter of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, is an active member of the nursing sorority Chi Eta Phi; is a fellow of the Leadership Institute for Black Nurses (a program sponsored by New York University), is a member of the New York Black Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association. She also serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Nursing.