Crucial ‘Nurse Business Owner’ Resources from Last Week’s NNBA Conference

Last week HealthySim.com attended the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) conference near Tampa, Florida, an organization and event with a mission to encourage nurse entrepreneurs to develop, grow, own and manage their own businesses. Michelle Podlesni, RN, CEO, and President of the NNBA shared “In the generation that has passed since the National Nurses in Business Association was founded, the ranks of nurse entrepreneurs have grown substantially. The NNBA is the ‘Vanguard’ of the nurse entrepreneur movement and that is a result of the active participation and contributions of its richly resourced membership. We are Nurses, Leaders and Mentors and unique; we are Nurses Helping Nurses Succeed in Business!”

At the event HealthySim connected with other healthcare related blog writers and business owners to learn more about resources for nurse business owners from our field of simulation.

NNBA History

The NNBA was founded in 1985 by David Norris, a critical care nurse from Petaluma, California. Initially a newsletter known as the Nurse Entrepreneur’s Exchange, it provided information for business minded nurses and a forum for them to connect and share information. This grassroots movement quickly evolved into the National Nurses in Business Association. True to the initial design to provide a networking arena for nurse entrepreneurs and to update nurses on business opportunities, NNBA now included national educational conferences, workshops and seminars.

Crucial Resources for Nurse Business Owners

TheNerdyNurse.com – Established in 2010, The Nerdy Nurse is a leading nursing and technology blog that is consistently listed as one of the top nursing blogs on the web. In fact, out of the 20 most popular nursing sites online, The Nerdy Nurse is the only site fully owned and operated by a Registered Nurse. Topics on The Nerdy Nurse include nursing issues, nursing products and services, healthcare, technology, social media, personal branding, and lifestyle topics. The audience is varied and includes nurses, nursing students, physicians, healthcare professionals, and the general public. Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, the nurse behind The Nerdy Nurse, is an award-winning author and blogger, international keynote speaker, and an influential social media personality in the nursing, technology, and healthcare IT communities.

FRESHRN.com – The purpose of FreshRN is to help new graduate nurses in their transition into successful bedside nurses, by providing practical and concise information as well as encouragement and support. Built by Nurse Kati Kleber, the FreshRN mission is to grow new nurses into confident, comfortable and safe care providers.

KatiKleber.com – As the author of five books, Kati was named 2015 Nurse of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal and is a Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina Recipient. Kati is also a national speaker on nursing topics, and trusted source for various media outlets like US News and World Report, Dr. Oz, CNN, the TODAY show, and more.

NurseKeith.com – Specialized Coaching for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals: His podcast, “The Nurse Keith Show“, was launched in January of 2015, and offers nursing career advice, information, and inspiration for nurses and healthcare professionals who want to take their careers to the next level.


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ReneeThompsonSpeaks.com – Nurse Keynote Speaker & Leadership Consultant: As an international speaker and consultant, Dr. Renee Thompson tackles the clinical and professional challenges facing healthcare leaders today. With 26 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is an expert on workplace bullying, professional development, and clinical competence.

RNFMRadio.com – Resuscitating the Brand of Nursing: Changing and expanding the conversation about nursing, tap into the current nursing zeitgeist, and give nurses a deeper understanding of the power and awesome potential of this illustrious profession. They bring you information that will impact your clinical practice and nursing career trajectory.

DonnaCardillo.com – The Inspirational Nurse: As a funny motivational keynote speaker, Donna Cardillo RN, CSP has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and the Today show and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on several occasions. Her accomplished career combines over 25 years of clinical, managerial and business experience, not to mention her stint as a professional singer. Donna’s clinical experience includes emergency and psychiatric nursing. Donna has twice been named Business Woman of the Year in New Jersey and has also received the coveted Athena Award, a national leadership award for women.

AllNurses.com – The largest global site reaching nurses and nursing students around the world: All Nurses could be considered the collective voice of the nursing community, supporting the profession by providing a place where nurses can network, share, and learn from their peers. With an ever-growing community of registered nurses, allnurses is the go-to place to communicate and discuss nursing, jobs, schools, NCLEX, careers, and so much more.

FRESHNP.com – Growing New NPs: Free podcast, blog, and more for those beginning their careers as Nurse Practitioners. Created by Sean Dent and Kati Kleber.

SeanDent.com – Social Media & Vlogging Expert: As a Podcaster, Blogger, Vlogger, Speaker, Social Media Maven, and Nurse Entrepreneur, this  self-taught mediapreneur, social media maven and 10-year blogging veteran recently celebrated successfully posting a vlog every day for a full calendar year! View his website to gain support with coaching, branding, copywriting, and storytelling in the field of nursing.

TheNurseSpeak.com – The Nurse Speak, LLC. is a boutique nursing education and consulting company specializing in creating customized mentoring and tutoring services for nursing students who may be struggling in their program, and for new graduate nurses who may be experiencing difficulty passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Learn more about the NNBA and the 2019 Vegas meeting here!


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