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blaire576 08-07-2006 11:48 PM

Can Nurses Be Entrepreneurs?
In today’s market place nursing has a unique service to offer not only to hospitals but nursing homes, private care and doctor offices. We as nurses have the skill, knowledge and motivation to be successful entrepreneurs. The definition of entrepreneur is a person who organizes, operates and assumes the risk for a business adventure. Nurses have always considered their services only marketable as an employee of someone else. It is time nurses take charge of their profession and market their own services to health care institutions. We as a group are tired of being told how much our services are worth. The economy is ripe for the nurse entrepreneur. Why wait? The nursing shortage is just beginning and there doesn’t appear to be a quick fix in the near future. Much of the nursing workforce is coming up on retirement time, which is only going to compound the lack of skilled nurses to deal with the oncoming baby-boomers. There is no better feeling than to own your own business. Nurses will enjoy not only increased wages but also an increased feeling of self-respect. Nurses are the perfect business owners. They have the communication skills and the ability as assess, implement and organize a plan. These are the same criteria that any business owner uses. We as nurses use this system everyday of our nursing careers.

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Bouncer 08-08-2006 02:27 PM

Re: Can Nurses Be Entrepreneurs?
Hey, no risk, no gain! Please be advised that taxation is heavier on proprieterships (privately run businesses) and only NP's and higher can generate billable visits through Medicaid, etc., so RN's and LPN's would do better with client billing directly. And don't forget the insurance: if you can get some federal funding, then maybe you can get coverage through the FTCA, which would greatly reduce your fixed operating expenses.

truebeliever 08-09-2006 10:35 PM

Re: Can Nurses Be Entrepreneurs?
Hey BLAIR...i just feel so qualified to comment being a former R.N and a bit of an entrepreneur.

I found knowledge of electricity bypass's and hortacultural persuits led me to a vibrant and profitable arm of the economy.

Trouble is, the nursing profession is filled with whinging ineffectual females who love nothing more than to bitch and gripe behind each others back rather than be "agents of change". Nurses LOVE to take the free public good will, while stabbing the public in the back with their gutless silence.

Nursing is taylor made for a 50/50 male/female role. Once the testosterone goes up things will change.

On the positive's a fantastic job where you can travel the world and meet loads of VERY interesting people. Lets just say their are also a few side benefits for the average male.

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