“I’m stronger than I thought, and I don’t have to do everything—just the best that I can.”
GSSW Class of ’12 alum Malka Korbman was a nurse for 30 years, a manifestation of her exceptional empathy for those in pain. And that’s why, after three decades, she made the transition to social work. Korbman wanted to work one-on-one with patients and move away from what she calls “the hurried pace of bedside nursing.”
Slowing down her care hasn’t been easy. “I’ve had to hold myself back and not give advice,” she confesses. “Now I guide people to problem-solve for themselves.” That theme of empowerment is just as evident in her concentration on women’s mental health and the child-bearing cycle. Korbman is also a birthing dula, or a source of support and advocacy for women before, during and after labor.
And after experiencing her own life cycle as a mother, grandmother, nurse and now social worker, she recognizes that the path to wellness is paved with resilience and realism. “When I was much younger, I really did think, ‘I’m gonna change peoples’ lives.’ Now, as a seasoned person, I realize it’s OK to make an impact in whatever small way you can, even though you can’t change the world. I mean, I’ll keep trying….”
This is Malka Korbman’s story.