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2beAnurseR0 has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Advocate, critical care, Case management.

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Has anyone out there decided to Freelance?  You have a valid license and a defined scope of practice. Have you/ Can you freelance? 
What do you need, besides your own private msg insurance.

just thinking and The more brains the better 

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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Freelance to do what? Consultation? Writing?

Nurses have been Private Duty-ing as long as I know. They advertise in newspapers, on-line, word-of-mouth, etc.

How do you define 'freelance'? One is his/her own boss?

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2beAnurseR0 has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Advocate, critical care, Case management.

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On 3/15/2020 at 8:25 PM, amoLucia said:

Freelance to do what? Consultation? Writing?

Nurses have been Private Duty-ing as long as I know. They advertise in newspapers, on-line, word-of-mouth, etc.

How do you define 'freelance'? One is his/her own boss?

The last several months I have been helping out friends with different problems they are having with the Medical community.  I have been their portable advocate.  Could a Business of being an advocate for hire be legal?  Could it work?

On 3/15/2020 at 9:07 PM, NRSKarenRN said:

Check allnurses Career section: Entrepreneurs-Innovators-Hub

https://allnurses.com/entrepreneurs-innovators-hub-c220/

for info, support and guidance you seek.

Thank you very very much 🙂

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Most people who would have need of an advocate probably can’t even afford their medical care and aren’t sophisticated enough to think of obtaining their private advocate. There are concierge medical services available for the Beverly Hills crowd, but they most likely have a clientele that requires solid credentials. Recently saw an ad placed by an RN with a BSN who is providing services, as I recall, for expecting mothers in the greater LA area. She has her photo in her internet ad. It would be interesting to contact her regarding how her business is doing.

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2beAnurseR0 has 24 years experience and specializes in ER, Advocate, critical care, Case management.

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I would love to find out her name and how business is doing.

Most people here in UT just take the Dr’s word as God, no questions asked. Then when something goes wrong they blame themselves for not knowing better.

If they have a neutral third party that they could ask questions to, maybe that something won’t go wrong.

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RNperdiem has 14 years experience as a RN.

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Deciding how much to charge and getting your clients to pay in a timely fashion are issues people in a lot of freelance jobs find.

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KatieMI has 6 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

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Nurse Navigator is a well-known branch of nursing. They are mostly employed by centers providing highly complex care which can be overwhelming for patients, like advanced oncology. 

I personally know a LPN who is her own boss doing private duty psych and gery/psych. She has tons of experience and a sort of magic touch with that kind of patients, and she gradually educated herself to the point she knows things many psychiatrists have no idea about. She sometimes stays with the patient 24/7 for a week or more, has waiting list and charges a lot of $$$. 

On 3/16/2020 at 3:16 AM, 2beAnurseR0 said:

Most people here in UT just take the Dr’s word as God, no questions asked. Then when something goes wrong they blame themselves for not knowing better.

I must relocate there ASAP!

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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Some long  time ago, I was just browsing around and I found something like the Nurse Navigator services as KatieMI  & caliotter commented. But the creds were more along the line of LSWs. And it was quite a few advertising. Something along the line of Life Care Advocates.

It came up on AN here and I remember the question of the population to be served and pay't for services came up also.

I wish I could remember more. But it sounded like a tough nut to crack into to me.

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I think it's important to note that "most people here in Utah" is one person's opinion and doesn't speak for all of us.

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KatieMI has 6 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

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35 minutes ago, amoLucia said:

Some long  time ago, I was just browsing around and I found something like the Nurse Navigator services as KatieMI  & caliotter commented. But the creds were more along the line of LSWs. And it was quite a few advertising. Something along the line of Life Care Advocates.

It came up on AN here and I remember the question of the population to be served and pay't for services came up also.

I wish I could remember more. But it sounded like a tough nut to crack into to me.

I was working with several Navigators and all of them had decades of specialty experience in a particular place. All of them became Navigators after they had to switch to M-F 8- 5 for some reason. Several had MSNs in Ed or Leadership, others were BSN but all had extensive experience and knew people and system inside out.

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Patient Advocacy is an outgrowth of Nursing and Social work professionals interest in advocating for their patients/clients.

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Patient advocacy is an area of specialization in health care concerned with advocacy for patients, survivors, and caregivers. The patient advocate may be an individual or an organization, often, though not always, concerned with one specific group of disorder

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_advocacy

Wikipedia article above lists several professional groups one can join:

  • Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
  • National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants
  • National Patient Advocate Foundation
  • Center for Patient Partnerships -provides online courses leading to Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate

Example of one patient advocacy company in my Philadelphia area:  https://completecarestrategies.com/senior-services/client-patient-advocacy/

See if there is an Elder Law attorney in your area that may need your expertise -example  Anderson Elder Law  https://www.andersonelderlaw.com/practice-areas/medicaid-long-term-care-planning/

Hope our members can offer you expertise in setting up your own company.

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