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  1. welloffnurse

    Nurses as Health Coaches?

    I wholeheartedly love taking care of my patients and love supporting my fellow nurses in the trenches. It's always been a "you-hold-the-***-cheek-and-I'll-wipe" kind of friendship. But I'm also a closeted personal finance weirdo and love things like finding ways to creating passive income streams, investing in start-up companies, obsessively studying financial independence blogs for ways to increase my earnings so I can retire early, etc. And as a former business owner (in my life before nursing!) and as an active investor & financial independence geek, one thing I can't help but notice is that, we, nurses, don't exactly do a great job of taking care of ourselves financially...and it's been driving me absolutely crazy... we deserve better! It goes without saying that we often sacrifice our physical and mental well-being with grueling shifts and insane amounts of stress, but this whole "not taking great care of ourselves" thing goes waaaaaay deeper, and also includes not prioritizing our financial health... Which is complete BS, because we work our tushes off and should have something to show for it at the end of the day, end of the year, and end of our careers. But I have talked to so many nurses and nurse practitioners nearing retirement and they are terrified that they'll be working right up until the grave, because they just haven't figured out how to create the financial security they could have from this awesome profession. For example, we nurses often completely ignore things like: Having a plan in place to ensure we are debt-free ASAP Building a bulletproof safety net of savings Maximizing the heck out of our current income levels Creating passive income streams, so we're never in financial trouble should we lose our job or get downsized, and Ensuring our investments and retirement funds are working as hard for us, as we do for our patients. And so much more... So a few weeks ago, out of weirdo curiosity, I ran a survey of nurses' financial health on my own Facebook page, just to check in and see how we're doing. The results were eye-opening... Among other interesting tidbits, I learned that, of the 55 nurses surveyed in total, 96% answered "YES" to the question, "Would you like to leverage your existing skill set to earn more money?" In essence, that means a very statistically significant percentage of nurses answered "YES" to the question, "Would you like to not have to go back to school for a few more years, not have to take out more student loans, not have to plunge another $35-60K in debt to be able to squeeze every bit of earning potential out of the knowledge and skill set you possess right now?" I took this resounding YES to heart. As a reaction to the powerful response to that question, I embarked on a deep-dive research mission to discover all the ways in which we nurses (and this includes ALL nurses: LPNs, RNs, NPs, CRNAs, CNS', Nurse Educators, etc.) can leverage our existing knowledge base as patient advocates and existing skill set as health educators to earn more money right now, without the often dealing-breakingly enormous barriers that going back for another degree or post-graduate certification presents. (Trust me, I've paid over $80K in school loans in total over the course of my career! It's unbelievable.) So after weeks of research and evaluation of the effectiveness and ease of implementing different options for nurses to earn more money (improving your resume and salary negotiation skills, obtaining more certifications, changing jobs or changing cities, travel nursing, going per diem or locums tenens and killing yourself with OT, etc.) with the comparatively little increase in actual earnings that those strategies provided, it became ridiculously apparent to me that Health Coaching provided the single greatest opportunity for nurses of all specialties and educational levels to apply the knowledge and skills we already possess right now to earn a significant side income with a relatively small investment of time, energy and resources, compared to the awesome results and outcomes we can experience with Health Coaching. A light-bulb went off! It hit me square in the face, that by sharing these findings, I could accomplish some serious awesomeness. Firstly, I could make sure that instead of us hurriedly prescribing or passing pills to slap bandaids on patients' health issues, maybe, just maybe, we could also spend time working with patients to address some of the actual causes of disease: poor health habits, poor food choices, lack of nutritional knowledge, sedentarism, insane amounts of unchecked stress, lack of sleep, and the list goes on. How great would it be to actually have time to do that??? Cuz right now, let's be real... we absolutely, positively don't... Secondly, by connecting the nurses and NPs I love with other nurses and NPs who are currently successful health coaches, I could provide my friends and colleagues an exact step-by-step "so-easy-a-caveman-could-do-it" blueprint of how to leverage our current knowledge & skill sets to generate a great side income and begin taking much better care of your patients' health and, yourselves financially. The 100% turnkey coaching system they use and the dead-simple curricula they teach from effectively removes the whole, "But I don't know how to be a Health Coach or grow my business" problem... Thirdly, if you haven't picked up on it yet, there's an awesome behavioral psychology thing at work here... If you become a Health Coach for patients, guess what else you've got to get on board doing?? Bingo! You've got to "get your own house in order" as it were, and begin taking better care of yourself, physically and mentally too! Score again! Cuz on the whole, we really suck at self-care. Just sayin'... Optional certification is even available through their partnership with Villanova University's College of Nursing. Even though I already work full-time hours as an FNP, I know my patients will experience real, tangible benefits, if I am able to spend quality time with them (outside of the paltry 15-30 minutes we get allotted by Medicare et al, for patient visits), providing meaningful support to them in their health objectives. Cheers, Anna Morrison, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC
  2. traumaRUs

    Notes from an Entrepreneur

    Denetra Hampton, MHSA, BSN, RN is a nursing entrepreneur who has built an educational empire consisting of a start-up that focuses on bridging the gap between nursing education and technology. She has also developed a digital magazine as well as a nursing leadership initiative. She is currently the producer of an upcoming Mini-documentary, THE BLACK ANGELS, the untold story of African American nurses who risked their lives to care for patients with tuberculosis, when there was no cure. She is an author, and 22-year USN veteran with multiple nursing experiences under her belt. With over 18K followers in her nurse entrepreneur group on LinkedIn, she is a social media presence. allnurses.com was able to interview her recently about hot topics in nursing social media and she provided some tips for potential entrepreneurs. Health disparity is a hot topic today among healthcare staff on social media. What do you view as the biggest factor? Health disparities have been around since the beginning of our healthcare system, and the fact that we see it as a HOT TOPIC is one of the biggest factors to a continued widening gap. Health disparities are rampant simply because of a lack of diversity. And because of our changing demographics, the hand of healthcare has been forced to implement strategies in areas they otherwise have neglected. We have many disenfranchised in the US: minorities, LGBTQ community, prisoners and those recently released as the poor in general. What suggestions do you have to help them access health care? Gaining entry into our healthcare system should be the ultimate goal of any healthcare facility. Fundamental access or not will set the pace for future patient encounters. And unfortunately, basic access is not a reality across the board of our America. Of course patients in rural and underserved areas are more likely to struggle with access to care, and because of this, we have to create community pipelines that are in their favor. It is important that any strategy that is implemented to empower others focuses on the community and their education. Trust in your healthcare team and the ability to KNOW that you will get good care and have your wishes respected is a hallmark of a good patient/provider relationship. Do you have any tips on how to establish trust? Trust starts with self, it does not start with the patient. Any and all vibes are created by the provider, nurse or any other clinician. This is why it is important that we have the right people in place who have a clear vision about patient engagement, diversity and community work relations. Healthcare has a long tradition of doing things the way it has always been done. However, we are in a new era where just because you have been doing something for 20 years, does not mean you have been doing it right. And furthermore, it may just not work anymore. This is something we have to be more open to, if we are going to empower trust on any level. And shifting gears here: You have been an entrepreneur for several years. Many of our nurses are looking to expand their expertise into different more non-traditional nursing venues. What is the piece of advice that you could give them that would promise success? My #1 advice is PURPOSE over PROFIT. I have found in my journey, that most nurses believe that they can do what another nurse is doing business-wise, simply because they are a nurse. This is false. And when a nurse follows down a path of another because they see success, they may find themselves in a hole they can't come back from. So, I always tell nurses to find your own purpose or craft and master it. Be consistent and be authentic. Let your work lead the way. What do you think are the up and coming business ventures for nurses? Nurses have many pathways to a successful business. But true entrepreneurs solve problems. And they solve them for people. So, the creators, the innovators and the risk takers are going to be the winners of tomorrow and future generations. It is important to create a platform that socially impacts another. Social media impacts nursing in a variety of ways. Its especially important for entrepreneurs as many aspects of developing a side career involve social media. Thank you Ms Hampton.
  3. When I began writing from home, I had a sluggish ten year old laptop and my tiny desk was shared with my less than organized husband, the conditions were not ideal. The funny part is, at the start, I didn't even realize what I needed to be more efficient. After taking some time to cultivate my perfect setup, my days and creative process now seem to go a bit smoother. Where to Start It can be hard to imagine all the items you might need to work from home if you've never done it before. While a separate space is key, it may not always be possible. However, if a full office space/room is not available, setting aside a relaxing and comfortable workspace can keep distractions down and create workflow ease. Potential expenses for your first year are also quite difficult to imagine (especially if you're anything like me and unsure of what you might even need to start). Here's a general list to help give you an upfront idea of what you might need... Laptop While my old laptop was technically in working condition, it wasn't very conducive to getting much done. Despite cleaning it up, it was painfully slow and many tasks took twice as long. Time is money, especially when you're paid to create content and expected to be on the computer for most of your workday. Get a current & updated laptop or computer (with virus protection!) The money spent on my new laptop was one of the best investments I could have made. Not only did my new toy inspire me to write more, but it's cool features help me get so much done in half the time. I personally work on a Surface Pro Laptop. The screen in big enough to read/view work, yet easily portable to make my office mobile. My other favorite features include the detachable screen (turns into a tablet - you're allowed to have a little fun too!) and the touchscreen capabilities, including being able to take on-screen notes. I find this feature particularly helpful when researching multiple sites for information to be included in an upcoming article. Keyboard While the keyboard on my laptop is great, typing all day requires a proper, full keyboard (unless you want your wrists to whimper by lunch every day). I use a Logitech K120. Do a little research and see what setup you might prefer - there are many different orientations of keys available. If possible, test drive it at the store before you buy. While there were other keyboards I had my eye on, this one's key placement works best for me and far reduces my rate of typos. Hey now, don't go digging through this article looking for typos... a tired nurse writer can easily defy the rules of any helpful keyboard. Bonus feature of the K120 keyboard - it's quiet and doesn't have that extra loud clackety-clack noise that could drive me to the brink of insanity. Get Comfy Make your setup work for you and as ergonomic as possible - your body will thank you. If working on a laptop, elevate it to eye level (lots of cool setups to choose from online... or a huge med surg book works well, too!) Ensure your chair has great back support, elevate feet if space permits Lower the keyboard so your shoulders don't ride up to your ears (yikes!), keeping a near 90-degree angle in elbows Invest in proper lighting for your workspace (I see you squinting...) Stay Organized I'm definitely an office supply nerd. It's quickly become one of my favorite things to shop for. Aside from the basics (pencils, steno pads, paper clips & post its - among my frequently used items), you may also need: File folders Separate office calendar to plot out due dates for work ahead Small dry erase board (to keep track of potential pitch ideas, to-do list, or business goals) Templates Getting your hands on some pre-formatted templates can save you a ton of time. (You guessed it, I learned this one the hard way.) To find these formats, dig around online, in the Microsoft Office suite, or reach out to other helpful colleagues. Examples of some frequently used templates include: Invoices, expense sheets, time tracking sheets, contracts, pitch formats, etc Employee ID Number (EIN) Obtain an EIN from the IRS While the options of LLC, Inc. and other business structures exist - that's a whole topic for a whole other day. What I can tell you is obtaining an EIN is a great starting point for any new freelancer and the online process is actually quite easy. The benefit to having an EIN is it prevents your social security number from floating around on invoices and other forms exchanged between you and clients. The application form takes less than 10 minutes. The best part? It's free. Ambiance One of the benefits of working from home is being able to tailor your space to your needs... and likes! Include some fun stuff that will keep you happy & motivated. Here are a few examples of things I love to have/frequently use in my office: "Focus & Patience" scented candle, made by Chesapeake Bay (Target.com) Fresh Flowers Essential Oil Diffuser (Amazon.com) *I like to use an energizing citrus scent when working Music Application (Pandora.com) Note cards of encouragement from friends Surrounded by books (inspiration, humor, nursing research, etc) What are your favorite things that make your work-from-home day a little easier or more enjoyable?
  4. Maureen Bonatch MSN

    Unexpected Side Effects from the Side Gig

    A side gig is something you do to add to your income in addition to your regular job. Having a side gig has become more common with many people cashing in on a variety of things. The new endeavor may have nothing to do with their current employment and might be something previously considered a hobby. The Internet has made starting a side gig easier than ever. It offers vast opportunities to create a website or promote and sell a product or service. As a nurse and a fiction author, freelance writing was a natural progression for me as a side gig. Initially, I saw healthcare freelance writing as an opportunity to combine my two areas of expertise to make some extra cash doing what I enjoy, but I discovered several unexpected non-monetary rewards that accompanied my side gig. Expand Your MindThere is a certain comfort found in routine. Although sometimes we get to a point in our careers when we're not necessarily looking for something different, perhaps we crave something more. A variation from the usual to help keep our mind sharp and prevent us from tiring of the daily routine. Even though I've been a nurse for many years, writing healthcare articles often involves extensive research to ensure accurate and up-to-date information in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment. The word, research, initially made me cringe. I was done with school, right? I'd been out of the nursing classroom for a long time, and never realized I might miss some things about that environment. Maybe not the starchy uniform or the nursing cap that never wanted to stay on my head, but perhaps the thrill that accompanied learning new things. As I researched articles, my thirst for knowledge reawakened. Subject matter and healthcare topics that had lain dormant since graduating nursing school and moving into a specialty stirred. It seems that we don't really lose this knowledge. Although sometimes sharpening our brain and flexing those familiar muscles can allow us to appreciate just how much we've invested in our career. Grow Your Professional NetworkMany of us bonded with a group of friends in nursing school, and then with coworkers at our job, but often that circle narrows the higher we climb the career ladder. Initially, my venture into freelance writing was a solitary endeavor, but as my side gig grew, I met other like-minded healthcare writers. The ability to interact with nurses from across the country, as opposed to my little section of the world, did more than expand my professional network. It also: Opened new opportunities for jobs that may not have been obviousMade professional connections to seek advice, references and referralsImproved my confidence with the ability to share my expertise and knowledgeProvided new perspectives for things that I'd been doing one way for so long that I hadn't realized there were other optionsPushed me to learn new technology and challenge my comfort zonesHelped me realize that you could make good friends without ever meeting them in personChange How You Perceive YourselfSince a side gig is in addition to your regular job, it provides a certain freedom over your regular employment. With this extra work, you have more of an ability to turn projects down or step away when you need a break. A side gig does not have to be related to your regular nursing job. Spending time doing something different might be helpful to reduce stress and allow you to clear your head when your job becomes overwhelming. As the years' pass, we often lose time for hobbies we used to enjoy. Pursuing these passions as a side gig can help prioritize this time for keeping your dream alive without guilt. Exploring a different interest can: Validate that you can still be something more and that your job doesn't define youTry something new without the commitmentKeep your skills freshImprove your time management skillsHelp to prepare for a career changeSocialize with people with similar interests or in different stages of their life or careerOffer a creative outletProvide a way to reduce stressMore Than Extra Cash That extra cash can come in handy for paying down debt, increasing your savings or indulging in an extra extravagance without guilt, but often there are other benefits to pursuing a side gig. There's no reason to change the work you do now, but perhaps you have some motivation to add something more.