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I'm late to the thread but the title of this one is so true. We want to be independent, but we want it within the walls of institutions. It's like those walls are roadblocks. I came across patients having a hard time getting disability after stroke. When I checked into it to see if I could help, I found some nurses stepping off into this area, and I referred patients to them. Within a year, lawyers were shoving them out of the way. Given a choice, the poorest of patients believed a lawyer would get a better deal than a nurse.
Another field taking off is the nurse managing the elderly patient that wants to stay independent in the home, but are still on their feet with minor health problems and family live out of state. I see this field as growing. There's a professional organization and certification and I hope nurses keep it, but I see this as a field nurses "could get booted out of" like the above example. Independents can run with this. Lindarn's post was so true, we've got to start talking this up in nursing schools.
Finally, nurses keep out-of-boundary jobs they run across to themselves. It's like the ole pot of gold--keep it hidden. We should be supporting one another. If nurses start leaving the bedside to be entrepreneurs, then you can bet they will do a lot more to keep them roped in. For those that want out--If nurses flood a field, we can own it. Let's start a thread of ideas. itsmediane listed some great ideas in her post. Let's keep them coming. I'm writing, but with publishing in flux like its being spun by a tornado, self-publishing my novel is looking better. If I go for it, I 'll document the process because I want to make it easier for another nurse coming up behind me. BTW, if anyone reading this has already made "the list of steps for self-publishing like a PRO, please mail me. I'm researching it, but I don't want to re-invent the wheel.
I found this same thing in the 1980's, when the "health and fitness", craze, was all over the country. I minored in PT in college, with the thought of starting a business, going to businesses, doing blood pressure screenings, health fairs, etc. Only to find, as I got into the program, and began working in the field, I came to find out that exercise physiologists, PT, etc, had already taken over it, and got lucrative contracts with city and county fire departments, police departments, etc, to do treadmill testing, fitness testing, etc. There was no room left for a nurse to start a business.
These people also made more money than the average nurse, and could afford to purchase expensive equipment, hire doctors, pay for pricey insurance premiums, pay to rent prime real estate for these programs, etc. And nurses were cut out of the pie, because, other professions, that had business, entreuperneur training, experience, jumped at the chance to get in at the bottom of a luctritive career.
The same thing has happened with Legal Nurse Consulting. The "Amway" of legal nursing, has marketing the profession, almost out of existence. I have lost count how many attorneys have told me, point blank, that, "legal nurses are a dime a dozen".
There are probably other opportunities that have not been discovered by nurses, but I know that they are out there. I have some other ideas, I am mullling over. I will see what I come up with. What can I say? I still think that nurses in specialty areas, should incorporate, and sell their services back to the hospitals.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN ,BSN,CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW