Saturday, October 05, 2013

Nurse Keith at the NNBA

This weekend, I'm in Orlando at the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) annual conference, along with many of my nurse entrepreneur colleagues, including my business partner and RN.FM Radio cohost, Kevin Ross.

Over the course of this weekend, we're learning about nurse entrepreneurship, creating new connections, networking, and even meeting some of our friends who we've only met online until now (and having some fun along the way).

Me, Kevin Ross and Renee Thompson

Some of the speakers at the NNBA conference include Renee Thompson (nurse bullying expert), Donna Cardillo (one of the most famous advocates for nurses and their careers), Michelle Podlesni of UNconventional Nurse, and many others.

It's wonderful to bring many of my long-term online professional relationships into the "real world" by meeting my online nurse friends in person. Taking these relationships to the next level is fun, rewarding, and a powerful way to increase the strength of our growing network of empowered nurses.

What I'm seeing is that numerous nurses are pursuing myriad opportunities for self-employment, including legal nurse consulting, coaching, writing, speaking, patient advocacy and case management.

I look forward to sharing more about what I've learned this weekend, including highlighting some of these entrepreneurial specialties for which nurses are particularly well-suited.

Nurses, there are wonderful opportunities to seize at this particular time in history, especially as the population continues to age. Why not consider entrepreneurship as a new career track, or even simply as an adjunct to bedside nursing? The NNBA and networking with other nurse entrepreneurs are a great place to start.

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