CNA as an Entrepreneur... is is possible?
- 0I am copying the post from the Calling All Entrepreneurs Thread to here in hopes of a better response and to keep the other Thread (Sticky) for announcements of what you re doing. Questions or assistance are better suited to have their own threads.
Here is heartstarts post:
Is it unheard of to try to start a business working as a CNA if you do not have nothing above that. I am in nursing school and recently became a CNA and wanted to start practicing on my own with hopes of developing clientele for when I get out of school. Could anyone give me insight as to if working as a CNA is a good place to when starting a practice. Is it legal? As long as I do not practice outside of my expertise. What do you guys/girls think?
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- 0Quote from NightngaleThe age long question is: Is it possible to be a Nurse and an Entrepreneur? Yes, it is possible with a lot of effort.Here is heartstarts post:
Is it unheard of to try to start a business working as a CNA if you do not have nothing above that.
I am in nursing school and recently became a CNA and wanted to start practicing on my own with hopes of developing clientele for when I get out of school. Could anyone give me insight as to if working as a CNA is a good place to when starting a practice. Is it legal? As long as I do not practice outside of my expertise. What do you guys/girls think?
Always, start with a Business Plan. Please see the Sticky, here on AllNurses, regarding that. Here is that link:
Business Planning and Support
- 0Sep 27, '06 by smk1I think it would depend upon the servies that you would provide. If you would like to do home care on your own then you could probably stick to ADL's and light housekeeping and be fine. If you are trying to do anything that requires nurse delegation and nursing approval then you would need to be connected to an RN or possibly and LPN who is connected to an RN. Private duty CNA ADL services sounds like the easiest route, otherwise you could contact hopistals and LTC as an agency CNA (your own agency) and see if they are interested. Remember you will need insurance etc...
- 0Nov 28, '06 by ns lpnYou need a buisness plan and insurance to protect yourself. Also you'll need to be extra cautious to stay within the bounds of your job description (which may be hard if your learning new skills and competencies in school) and if you do nothing else keep good documents of your activities. I would think assisting with ADL's, meal prep. and errands would be as much as I'd offer starting off.
- 0Dec 4, '06 by Agnuswhen I was in nursing school. I provided simple services for some elderly neighbors. Light house keeping, companionship, meal prep. Nothing I needed supervison by a licensed nurse for.
No vital signs, no ADLs, no assisting with medications. It was good experience and I was paid as well as I would have been if I did those tasks that require a licensed nurses supervision.
Since you are headed for a license yourself be very careful not to step over your legal bounderies now or it could seriously impeid your future plans.
- 1Aug 8, '09 by StarySkyQuote from dmageeMy friend is an Independdent CNA, she had to take a class (I don't know if it was from Medicare, medicaid, or theI will not take CNA independent contractors. The IRS would not go for it.
IRS) to learn how to submit her billing hours. She gets paid well and pays taxes. Her IRS goes for it just fine.
- 1Oct 5, '10 by MercedWell, a lot depends on the state regulations.
Here in California, where I teach CNAs, it says on the back of their certification that "this card entitles you to identify yourself as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) ONLY when working in a Licensed Health Facility. You MAY NOT advertise or represent yourself as a CNA when providing personal care services INDEPENDENTLY.