Become a Nurse Entrepreneur
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A positive attitude is beneficial in making things work. A leader is only as good as the people he works with. Surround yourself with those who listen and have similar personal and professional goals. How can you help each other? In our diabetes education service in the physician office setting, we have physicians who are highly committed and value the importance of diabetes education and proactive management. The endocrinologist we work with is a mother and understands our commitment to our families. We are cross-trained in areas of diabetes patient management as well as many of the same speakers’ bureaus. It gives us a “back-up” system as working mothers.
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Learn, learn, learn! Learn from healthcare professionals who have business experience. Attend seminars with concrete information about establishing your own business. Know the importance of your professional expertise and the benefit it can have in practice. Then be clear about your professional goals with potential clients. Be upfront with ideas and always keep a professional attitude at the forefront.
Spend time facilitating relationships and treat others as you want to be treated. Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket. In other words, have income from a variety of sources. Consultant services based on a particular area of expertise are becoming more and more popular. Pharmaceutical companies and durable medical equipment companies may benefit from your expertise as a speaker or facilitator for education programs. In addition, development of educational materials may provide a source of income. What are your strengths? What are you willing to learn? For example, if you are a good speaker with good program materials, use the materials to develop an article for publication. Many journals and consumer health magazines will pay authors to write. If you are inexperienced at writing, partner yourself with someone who has experience. We have had the opportunity to coauthor several publications. Working as a team, each of us can open doors to other professions and professional organizations that the other may not be as familiar with in our respective professional roles.