Subject: Effective Social Media ~ Early Bird Savings ~ Getting the Game of Entrepreneurship Right

President's Corner
March 31, 2018
Dear Nurses,

Spring is here! The sun is in the sky a bit longer each day and the earth is bursting with foliage and blooms of what was lying dormant during the winter. What about you? Do you feel that next level adventure is ready to reveal itself? The options for today’s nurse are limitless. Your nursing education and experience are a launch pad and where you fly is all up to you. Nurses can learn all about the entrepreneur lifestyle and get the best savings during early bird registration for the Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Educational Conference. This not to miss weekend is where nurses from all over the country participate in a mixed agenda format, and networking that is incredibly powerful. You have probably heard the expression, if you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, go together. The NNBA has traveled far because of traveling with you for the past 33 years in business! Our strength is our richly, resourced membership of nurses, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and mentors. The NNBA is a springboard for nurses looking to start a business, or expand their current business! Pun intended!

Shark Tank is open for registration! Are you interested in presenting on NNBA’s 2018 Shark Tank? This is a great opportunity to share your business or idea with our audience, and compete for prizes including a cash award! Lots of buzz and promotional exposure while being educational and fun for everyone. Interested? Enter Here.

In our first article of interest, 7 Steps to Writing Effective Social Media Content, hone in on the key word, effective. #5 is a biggie I’ve shared with nurses when developing their elevator pitch, or introduction. Remember to not sacrifice clarity for cleverness. Next; the current stats on nurse burnout are alarming! Don’t miss reading NNBA member Anne Llewellyn’s Building a Career Path to Prevent Nurse Burnout.There are many reasons nurses go into business for themselves, (burnout is one). The last article These 10 Steps Helps Any Entrepreneur Get Their Game Right is one of the very best I have read. Concisely written and packed with wisdom that all of us can use throughout our entrepreneur journey. The last three steps listed in the article will take you further than you ever dreamed possible. Remember, to travel far, we travel together. The NNBA provides an educational arena filled with networking for nurses starting, growing, and managing their own business!

Unconventionally yours,

Nurse Business Insider Tip                    by Michelle Podlesni, RN

Self-care: Caring for others and neglecting to care for yourself? As nurses, we have this tendency. PERMA was developed by the respected psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman, pioneer and the director of University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. PERMA is an acronym for the five essential building blocks that should be in place for us to experience fulfillment, happiness and lasting well-being.
  1. Positive Emotions – we need positive emotions such as peace, gratitude, satisfaction, pleasure, inspiration, ecstasy, warmth, comfort, and the like.
  2. Engagement – when we are truly engaged in a situation, task, or project, we experience a state of flow: we lose our sense of self and are in the moment.
  3. Relationships – we are social beings and good relationships are core to our well-being. People who have meaningful, positive relationships with others are happier than those who do not.
  4. Meaning – Meaning comes from serving a bigger cause than ourselves. Whether a specific deity, religion, or a cause that helps humanity in some way, we all need meaning in our lives to have a sense of well-being.
  5. Accomplishment/Achievement – many of us strive to better ourselves in some way, whether we’re seeking to master a skill, achieve a valuable goal, or win in some competitive event. Accomplishments contributes to our ability to flourish. 
Are you feeling enough positive emotions in your life? Questions about our career, are natural throughout the different life stages of our lives. Are you spending enough time on activities that make you happy and engaged?
Self-care is never a selfish act, it is simply stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift that I was put on earth to offer others. – Parker Palmer
©Michelle Podlesni, 2011-2018,Unconventional Nurse
Articles of Interest
7 Steps to Writing Effective Social Media Content

Building a Career Path to Prevent Nurse Burnout

NNBA Blog Featured Expert
These 10 Steps Helps Any Entrepreneur Get Their Game Right
The field of social media in various internet sites has shown an increased tendency of designs meant for interacting socially. The commonest of these designs include sites such as Twitter and Facebook which have come to be powerful tools that have been used to revolutionize the entire advertising world.

Around fifteen years ago, the common practice in the advertising industry was based on acquiring some TV slots whose prices were rocket high. In these present times, there is a whole new side to successful advertisements. A good advertising campaign can be achieved without the much hustle that was there in the past with a professional having an internet connection perhaps being the only resource required.
Today there is a great deal of concern about burnout in the profession of nursing. A Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder found 7 in 10 nurses reported feeling burnout in their current roles. Mayo Clinic defines workplace burnout as a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about how someone feels about their competence and the value of the work they do. Nurses can experience burnout for a number of reasons but the discreet signs of burnout often go unnoticed when you are busy taking care of others.

Signs of burnout include but are not limited to exhaustion, feeling physically ill, or dreading the thought of going to work. 
You followed your heart. You turned your passion into your mission. Your fear of regret superseded your fear of going for it. You’ve worked hard, but the success you desire didn’t arrive on schedule. You’ve had achievements, followed gurus, and kept your dream alive through sheer tenacity and a determination not to return to the hamster wheel from which you jumped.

You’re exhilarated at the thought of being your own boss, working alongside your dog, and not punching a time clock. What you may not have known about entrepreneurship is that, like raising kids, there are ups and downs, overwhelm and excitement, pain and joy.
About the NNBA
The National Nurses in Business Association, the vanguard of the nurse entrepreneurship movement, provides education, support, empowerment and opportunities for nurses in business since 1985. Thousands of nurses over the past 30 years have benefited from membership in the NNBA and launched successful businesses. The NNBA is the #1 Nurse Business Owner Network and serves as The Voice of Nurse Entrepreneurship. Learn about joining the NNBA by clicking here.
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