Any entreprenurial nurses out there? - page 4

I just went to a seminar and am all hyped up. I think it is time for us to get down to business. I've been in ICU, management, legal nurse consulting and all that crap for 20 years and think it is time for a change. Anybody out... Read More

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    I am a nurse entrepeneur. I was a RN for over 25 years. I read all these posts and they all have one thing in common. Everyone is focusing on finding a business in the health care field. Don't tie yourself down to one area. Use your work ethic and business knowledge you gained from nursing to expand into any field you want to. The world is your oyster.
    My wife and I bought a retail gift franchise. I also bought a farm. Both are so fun and rewarding. Just keep your mind open to any opportunity. You will not be turning your back on your education, you are only using it in a different way.
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    Quote from arkierns
    I am a nurse entrepeneur. I was a RN for over 25 years. I read all these posts and they all have one thing in common. Everyone is focusing on finding a business in the health care field. Don't tie yourself down to one area. Use your work ethic and business knowledge you gained from nursing to expand into any field you want to. The world is your oyster.
    My wife and I bought a retail gift franchise. I also bought a farm. Both are so fun and rewarding. Just keep your mind open to any opportunity. You will not be turning your back on your education, you are only using it in a different way.

    Thank you for this post! I've been thinking a lot lately about turning more to my health and fitness interests and starting an in-home personal training business that focuses on those with "at-risk" conditions. I'm so afraid of "leaving" nursing though. I've invested a lot of time and money on my education. I know that education is never a waste and I would still be using aspects of what I've learned from being a nurse. But it is still very scary...thank you for your words.
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    I am a psych nurse, but lately I have been thinking about starting inhome headlice removal business. I am not especially passionate about it, but I have been the lucky nurse chosen to treat and comb several patients during a recent outbreak.

    I stumbled upon the idea, because when I talk to coworkers about headlice they can't help, but the creepy crawlies. Also I worked with kids for almost 10 years and saw first hand the angst and frustration families experienced trying to get rid of it. These combined experiences have shown me that 1) families get left fumbling through different treatment methods and 2) healthcare professionals freak out just talking about it, so there's really very few resources for families to turn to for side by side assisstance when they have an infestation.

    While there are other players in the market right now they are limited in service and cost more. I want to offer a broader range of services and treatment and charge less for the basic removal. I haven't finished all my homework yet, but I think this is a service anyone can do since the main methods of treatment are OTC. In the event someone wants something prescribed, I'm working on a referral service with a NP friend. It looks like the RN credential just gives me added credibility.

    Right now, I'm working on calculating start-up costs, general overhead vs anticepated earingings.
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    I am the only "boring" one here. LOL.
    I decided to set up a footcare service and I am plugging away at it. I am haveing renovations to my house for a clinic and will combine home visiting and clinic visits. I also plan to sell the products I use.( maybe do up baskets for special gifts/seasons as well as gift certificates).
    I found it interesting so far. Doing a business plan, developing forms and researching tools and other supplies.
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    I've been pursuing intraprenurial and enterprenurial projects for a while now.
    I'm looking to set up a consulting business, teaching nurses how to feel more comfortable and confident and effective in their efforts to persuade patients to accept and cooperate with treatment. I give presentations where I work, talk it up with coworkers, study, write, and provide content in various ways, honing my skills and figuring out what works.
    Lately i was able to switch to all Per Diem work, throughout a network of units, which helps me spread the word, and keep a flexible schedule for my side projects, and learn how to better market myself, keep track of my commitments, and so on - all new to me after years of someone else largely dictating my schedule, scary at first (no security - NONE), but I treat it like my own little own person business and its going well. Hard to say how the consulting thing will go, but I don't need it to blossom overnight, given my current back-up plan.
    I'm thinking I need to set up a website, e-learning, reach a much bigger customer pool that way, but i've got a lot to learn and do...
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    Quote from magnolia nurse
    This is the time for all entreprenurial nurses to get going, Donald Trump says this is the time.. if you got an idea go for it.. some of us just don't know how to get started, the saying goes if God gives you an idea he'll give you the means to put it in place,
    I say these things because I am giving myself a pep talk as well. I want to open up a holistic health clinic but for some reason I think I need to be a NP to do it.. so I am preparing for that now..deep inside I feel I really have enough education, but lack the confidence to move on that dream..without it..
    Opening up a holistic health clinic is a big endeavor but not one that needs an NP (or MD) to do if you are offering holistic therapies that don't require a physician order. There are many therapies that can be offered - Reiki, massage, reflexology, acupressure, aroma therapy, music therapy, etc - that don't require a doctor's order. On the other hand, these therapies require training also. So, the question is (and I have questioned myself many times in the same way):

    Do I want to provide the therapy or do I want to start up the business that provides the therapy?

    If you want to provide the therapy then you must be prepared to give therapy. If you want to start up the business you must be prepared to collaborate or hire the therapists and handle all aspects of a small business.

    Whatever you decide, I wish you the best and hope the greatest success for you.
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    I have been very interested in starting my own home based business. I seem to be interested in the insurance industry, but really don't know how to get it off the ground. I'd accept any advice someone could send my way. Thank you.
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    great thread. My biggest issue is too many ideas are flowing. I need to just focus on whats attainable. I have worked agency nursing for two year and saved enough money to start a business. My wife is from Vietnam and we are already in production phase of selling medical scrubs. We hope to branch into footware next. Since I have access to fabric....I will start seperate site for that also. But now I am think...i would like to do some side business with nursing placement. Not a nursing agency...but just placement service that I get a finder fee from hospital.


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