Subject: Conference ~Book Opportunity~ NNBA Newsletter

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President's Corner

There is a lot to cover in the corner this week. Please make sure to read towards the end about 
Barry Spilchuk, previously a Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and most recently The Cancer Dance. There are too many professional accolades to list about Barry. Personally, I smile every time I think of him; he just has such a positive effect on everyone. Make sure you watch his two minute video so you can learn about the opportunity to have your words immortalized! Also be sure to link out to my blog post to see some of the fantastic pictures I took this past weekend in Las Vegas!

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

We spent this past weekend at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino meeting with the hotel staff. It was a wonderful experience and proves that change, while a little uncomfortable, makes way for bigger and better things! I have shared photos, highlights and hotel information on my blog ( I highly recommend you secure your hotel room early to receive the group discounted rate. October is high season in Las Vegas and rooms’ book up fast. A standard room averages $79 per night during the conference and they also have a variety of rooms at different price points. I am confident that you will be pleased with the rooms and hotel amenities. There is casino action, fabulous places to dine and much more. About a year ago new ownership took over this property and they have made incredible investments. They have an absolutely beautiful pool area, fitness facilities (along with tennis and golf) and new Spa! You can register for the conference and secure your rooms here ( Relax and be ready to celebrate NNBA’s 30th Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference!

NNBA 30th Anniversary Conference highlights include:
  • More than 15 sessions presented by today’s leading nurse entrepreneurs, industry experts, and inspirational business leaders. For a full list of sessions and speakers, visit:
  • Nationally acclaimed speaker, educator, and serial entrepreneur Dr. Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio will provide Saturday’s Keynote Address, “Making a Million in Nursing”
  • Professional nurse humorist and recording artist Deb Gauldin presents Sunday’s Keynote Address, “Nuts About Nurse Entrepreneurship or Just Plain Nuts”
  • Three preconference workshops offering attendees additional insight into career alternatives and essential entrepreneur and business skills
  • 12.0 eligible contact hours
  • Opportunities to discover and obtain: emerging opportunities in the new healthcare landscape, information on how to transition to independent nursing or a nurse entrepreneur, ideas for your own nursing business, and more
How would you like to be in a book and be immortalized - it's FREE!!!

My dear friend, Barry Spilchuk, is writing his 10th book entitled - "I’ve learned that..."
It’s full of insights, AHA’s and HaHa’s based on his 25 years in the personal development field and life in general.
Barry wants your input - simply because of his honor and respect for Nurses.
He says, “I’ve Learned That… is like a combination of Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Twitter.
He should know because his book A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul sold over 580,000 copies around the world.
In Barry’s ninth book - THE cANCER DANCE - he took an entire page to acknowledge the 16 nurses who helped him heal during his 6-week stay at a cancer hospital.
Five years later he still stops by the hospital once a month to visit patients and thank his nurses.

Let’s show Barry that our care, support and love continues - even after the patient is healed.

Click this link ( to see a 2-minute video and submit your insight from the perspective of a Nurse, a Mom, A Wife and life in general.
See, hear, meet and network with some of the most successful nurses in business! You will have the opportunity to win big prizes, earn 12 CEs, and see Elvis because he has not left the building!
Click on Elvis to register and we will see you there!

Unconventionally yours,


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Articles of Interest

How to Carve Out Your Life’s Passion | Success Magazine

Sculptor Ra Paulette has an unusual passion—he digs caves by hand and then turns his newly created spaces into works of art. Using only a pickaxe, a scraper and a wheelbarrow, Paulette has been digging caves for nearly 30 years. His multiroom structures are remarkable; they are sculptures and art galleries in one. Filled with paintings, pools, skylights, furniture and waterfalls, Paulette’s caves are redefining the way art can be experienced.

For the Academy Award-nominated documentary Cavedigger, director Jeffrey Karoff follows Paulette as he carves into the earth, one shovelful at a time. In the film—which you can find at—Paulette explains, “When I’m working on a project, I’m totally obsessed. I’m thinking about it all day long. All night long, I’m dreaming… digging dreams. Most people who are engaged in physical labor aren’t having the fun that I’m having.”

I can’t say that I’d ever want to spend time digging in a cave, but I certainly admire Paulette. He has passion. He loves what he does, and he does it with exuberance.

When you think about or talk about your work, are you like Paulette? Does it consume you? Do you wake up excited about it? Do you go to sleep thinking about it? If not, your life may be missing an ingredient.

Paulette is 74 now and still digging caves. Recently I turned 68, and like Paulette, I am still on fire. While other people my age may be slowing down, I’m revving up. I wake up early, excited to meet the challenges of my day. I’m like a kid. Let me tell you something: You never have to drag a passionate person out of bed! 
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11 Things Ultra-productive People Do Differently | Forbes

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge: there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time. They have an uncanny ability to get things done. Even when juggling multiple projects they reach their goals without fail.

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. —Thomas Edison

It feels incredible when you leave the office after an ultra-productive day. With the right approach, you can make this happen every day. You don’t need to work longer, or even do more—you just need to work smarter. Try these 11 productivity hacks that ultra-productive people rely on:

1. They Never Touch Things Twice
Productive people never put anything in a holding pattern, because touching things twice is a huge time-waster. Don’t save an email or a phone call to deal with later. As soon as something gets your attention you should act on it, delegate it or delete it.

2. They Get Ready For Tomorrow Before They Leave the Office
Productive people end each day by preparing for the next. This practice accomplishes two things: it helps you solidify what you’ve accomplished today, and it ensures you’ll have a productive tomorrow. It only takes a few minutes and it’s a great way to end your workday.   
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    Leadership is Not a Solitary Task | Harvard Business Review

    An inspiring historical story is once again making the rounds at least partially because of its inclusion in Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath. In it, Gladwell tells the story of the French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, which became a safe haven for Jews in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Led by minister André Trocmé, the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved between 3,000 and 3,500 Jews (in addition to others seeking refuge) from 1940 until the end of the war, bringing them into the community and hiding them from French and Nazi officials. By any measure, their actions were courageous and inspiring. They were also an example of the power of community in leadership.

    We often think of leadership as a solitary task. Buying into Thomas Carlyle’s “great man” theory of history, we speak of leadership in solitary and personal terms. And certainly, history is filled with examples of men and women like Trocmé, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Theresa who took bold individual action. But most real change — even the change driven by those aforementioned leaders — is community-driven and community-focused. Some of the greatest accomplishments in business, politics, and culture have come not from individual initiative alone but from those working in, with, and for community.   Read More
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    October 2 - 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada
    Bring your friends, we're having a party to celebrate 
    NNBA's 30th Annual Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference.
    NNBA Members Spotlight
    Eva M Francis, RN, MSN, CCRN
    Founder and CEO of Brilliant Training
    & Consulting, Inc.

    Eva is a Registered Nurse, an Author, a Professional Speaker, a Leadership Development Coach & a Visionary Healthcare Consultant. She is a former accomplished & successful Hospital and Healthcare Executive with over 3 decades of experience as a Clinician, Leader & Nurse Executive. Eva served as the Associate Vice President of Nursing (Critical Care & Emergency Services) at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida.

    Eva M Francis RN, MSN, CCRN is now the President & CEO of BHLI which is a Training, Consulting, & Leadership Development Institute. She is well known & respected in the industry for her expertise in Healthcare Training & Leadership.

    Eva received a Diploma in Nursing from the University of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica, a Bachelors of Nursing and a Masters degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University.

    Eva is committed to Train -Empower-Inspire -Executives, Leaders, Physicians and Staff to Raise the Bar in the Healthcare Industry through Leadership, Coaching & Excellent Customer Service. Eva believes that she is called to serve by sharing her gifts of Servant Leadership to Healthcare professionals, and other potentials, so that they can impact the lives of those they are called to serve... She also believes that every patient, whether they are in a physician's office, a hospital or in a clinic deserves the right to have the best experience - mainly because hospital customers are very different than those in any other industry for one important reason - they don't want to be there. The experience is scary, confusing, intimidating, and at times they feel like no one understands them.

    You can learn more about Eva here

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