Subject: Announcement ~Shark Tank Entries~ NNBA Newsletter

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Presidents Corner                           July 15, 2015

Conference News
Join us to celebrate NNBA’s 30th Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino , October 2-4, 2015. Learn why nurse entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in the US today. Discover emerging opportunities of nurses' roles in the health care reform environment. Learn about multiple non-traditional career opportunities. Hone your business skills. Learn new strategies. Participate in powerful networking opportunities with like-minded nurses. This is an educational and professional development event with 12 eligible contact hours. NNBA members save $100 on registration and get a special group discount on the room rate.

A dedicated website is available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made directly with the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino by using: The NNBA has been offered “Group Discount Room Rates” starting at $64.00. IMPORTANT: Reservations need to be made by September 1, 2015 to receive NNBA’s pricing. Make your reservations early to ensure you are part of the room block.  If you are unable to book your reservation on-line, you may call the hotel directly at (800) 732-7112. When making reservations, make sure you give the group code, “SNNBA5”.

This conference provides great networking, marketing and mentoring opportunities. If you are a nurse business owner; exhibiting, sponsorship and marketing opportunities are found here
Keep the NNBA Shark Tank Entries Coming
We have already received our first two entries into the Shark Tank Competition! NNBA’s Shark Tank Competition is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s conference; it is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The Rules and Guidelines for our Nurse Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs to enter this event are now posted on the website here. NNBA’s Shark Tank does not require a business plan, financial statements or any supporting documents. It is literally “pure pitch”, with nothing but the value of your idea and presenting skills to support it. Who are the Sharks…well, you will find out soon! Prizes will be awarded so you don’t want to miss this fun event. The deadline to submit your entry is September 1, 2015.
Member & Speaker Spotlight
We are continuing to spotlight our members & speakers for our October Conference! Our speakers are all driven to provide massive value for the Nurses interested in Entrepreneurship. Learn more about each speaker in spotlight below. This newsletter you’ll learn more about Karen Mercereau, RN, iRNPA Karen will be speaking Saturday, October 3rd and will be presenting Independent RN Patient Advocacy. The PPACA has created more demand for RN Patients Advocates and Karen has been the recognized leader in this field for over a decade.

Is it already the middle of summer? Before we know it, we will be in Las Vegas and I hope you don’t miss this milestone event. One idea, one contact or both can expand your business and change your life. Check out the agenda and details on the conference by clicking here. Learn specific information on starting, growing and owning businesses. Existing nurse business owners will learn strategies and skills to take their business to the next level. Everyone will have plenty of time to network and make great connections!

Unconventionally yours,

Articles of Interest
The Big Problem With Your Content Strategy

Fast Company
How to build Your Willpower Muscle

Entrepreneur Magazine
Can Money Really Buy Happiness?

Success Magazine
Our lives are overflowing with content. Our inboxes are flooded, Our smartphones are constantly pinging.

"Everything is going content," says content marketing expert Rebecca Lieb, previously an analyst at Altimeter Group, and now VP of content marketing, Teradata Marketing Systems. That includes advertising (think native advertising), social media, marketing and other disciplines. Indeed, IBM, GE and Red Bull are creating more content than Time magazine did in its heyday, according to Lieb.
Meanwhile, companies struggle to fill the need for content fast enough. Email. Search. Social. Banner ads. Blogs. Websites...
After four years of pushing the proverbial rock—or in his case, frozen burrito—up the entrepreneurial hill, Mike Adair could finally see progress. Sales for his Red’s All Natural burritos had grown to the point that he needed a big manufacturing partner to scale up production. A months-long search led to a new factory—and then a blindside tackle by Murphy’s Law.

“We realized that they had overpromised and didn’t have the ability to do a fraction of what we needed,” says Adair, who launched his company, which is based in Franklin, Tenn., on a hunch that the world needed an all-natural burrito, just like the ones his wife made.
Do you think that if you won the lottery, you would be happy? Think again. Over the past 10 years, strong research from the field of positive psychology has shown that, universally, money adds to our happiness only up to a point. That point depends on where you live and how many dependents you have, but most studies say it’s about $75,000 per household in the United States. After that, making more money doesn’t really contribute to our overall mood and life satisfaction.

In fact, some studies have shown that wealth can even impede our ability to savor life’s joys. In one experiment headed by Elizabeth Dunn, Ph.D...
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NNBA Members Spotlight
Karen Mercereau
RN, iRNPA and Founder of RN Patient Advocates

Karen Mercereau is a nationally recognized visionary leader in healthcare, known for her ability to transcend challenges, and create opportunity from complexity. She brings 46 years of clinical nursing, community and home based healthcare delivery and patient advocacy to the development of the RN Patient Advocates Group Practice in Tucson, AZ. In 2002 she partnered with the University of Arizona College of Nursing creating a Learning Intensive that is nationally known as the leading educational program preparing RNs for this new practice model.

In Karen’s words:

My professional intention: I am an independent RN Patient Advocate because I believe that the best healthcare should be patient-centered and inclusive of all science-based healing approaches available. People deserve to be a vital part of their own health care team. My work as an iRNPA allows me to:
  • Be a positive force for change in a healthcare system that has become fragmented
  • Reduce my clients’ risk of medical errors
  • Ensure the integrity of the diagnostic process
  • Research and teach the full range of therapeutic options so people can make fully informed decisions about their care
  • Be a teacher and guide for patients and their families facing medical issues beyond their level of understanding
  • Facilitate communication in our medical system whose communication patterns are too often strained or interrupted by outdated approaches

Services Provided by RN Patient Advocates

  • Integrative/Functional Medicine
  • Patient advocacy
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Neurodegenerative disease treatment/management (ex. Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Burns
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Surgical preparation and recovery
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Cancer treatment options
  • Nutrition
  • Autoimmune disease medicine
For more information about Karen and the iRNPA program, visit or call (520) 743-7008.

Lighten Up...
Living Your Best Life
You Don't Want to Miss This!!!
October 2 - 4, 2015 
Las Vegas, NV

Bring your friends, 
we're having a party
to celebrate NNBA's 30th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference!

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