I wanted to create some buzz in Colorado, or at least start here on this board. Maybe a few of you have posted or at least visited the nurse entrepreneur section of this message board.
I'm looking to establish some form of contact with (and) between Colorado Nurses who are IC's or business owners. I've been an IC since 2007 and I haven't really "met" any of you or bumped into anyone who is an IC or some type of Consultant that has hung their own shingle.
It would be great to establish some type of resource and interaction among us here in the area to discuss how things are going, what we're doing, what we should be doing.
I've seen a lot of posts on this whole message board about pay, retention, and cutbacks (They're definitely here in CO). I want to forge ahead for our profession and show the public who we are and show the hospitals/organizations who may employ us that we are a vital aspect of their team. Hospitals bleed money when nurses job hop, but why do we do it? For some it's a money issue. The hospital across the street is paying more. For others it's a working condition issue. That same hospital that is paying more actually has higher ratios or unethical practices, so we find ourselves moving yet again.
As an IC, get paid what your worth. Love what you do everyday, and feel like a professional. If you already have this, then I congratulate you. I do.
I'm not looking for this to get into a wage battle here about what was as nurses deserve, so I'll just leave that door cracked for now. I just wanted to briefly speak from experience as a nurse and non-nurse that when you raise your level of investment in your job and in your employees (as an employer), then your return on investment is much greater. "Happy Nurses Week! Thanks for the Lunch box and T-shirt!"
We should get a little something extra for the advertising.
I'm not selling anything nor am I here to tell you about some next to impossible work from home scheme (maybe unless you do medical billing). Of course I am sitting here at my home this very minute and as soon as I post this I will get back to "work" on some teaching materials for a class I am giving.
If you aren't already an IC and maybe have the desire to step out on your own, or if you are already doing some consulting on your own, I would like to hear from you.
If you want to know more about what I do as an IC just look at other posts under my name (mostly in the entrepreneur board), or just ask here.