My apologies for the delayed response, and thank you all for your replies.
@passionflower: I was looking more into strictly private pay, since I sort of assumed that most patients who would need services wouldn't be on medicare/medicaid. I've not even gotten to the point of making brochures yet because every plastic surgeon I call seems to scoff at the idea (or want an absurd % as a "finder's fee"). The ones that don't seem to like the idea seem almost offended - as though people leaving THEIR
center wouldn't need a lowly nurse because they leave the center in perfect condition. I know similar nurse-run companies exist in other areas, but it's not immediately clear to me how they advertise themselves (other than WOM and a website)
@wellcoachRN and @bizi: I looked into SCORE and the SBA but they don't seem to have any info/counselors that are healthcare/nursing specific. Are there any organizations out there for entrepreneurs in nursing? As for the Women's Business Center, I'm do hope it helped you, but I'm ineligible to receive services (i.e. I'm a guy
@NurseMentorNancy: The patient population would be those who were either discharged from an ambulatory surgery/day surgery center, ED or office and who wanted care after discharge to assist with recovery. A basic set-up might be an initial home visit, assessing their needs and getting them settled, as well as telephone support for any questions that might arise. Care that doesn't require an RN (after I assess that they don't, in fact, require one) would be delegated to an LPN or HHA depending on acuity.
Thank you for your time....I welcome your further thoughts on this.