Subject: Hurricane Irma’s Different Plan ~ New Dates for NNBA Entrepreneurship Conference

President's Corner
September 15, 2017
Dear Nurses,

I had planned that today’s newsletter would be filled with the wonderful moments and comments from our conference; hurricane Irma, however, had different plans for Florida this past week. As a result, we worked quickly with the Sirata Beach Resort, which stayed safe and dry! They are ready to take your reservations for our new dates of November 17th -19th. They are honoring NNBA’s group discounted rate in November! Be sure to call (800) 344-5999 and make your reservations for #NNBA2017!

Great News: Our November keynote speaker will be Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, the Inspiration Nurse. She'll be presenting: The Science of Passion-Creating a Formula for Success! Our originally scheduled September keynote speaker Leann Thieman was not available for the rescheduled November date but she has graciously agreed to join us for our 2018 conference. We are so excited to have Donna kicking off the conference this year. She is sure to ignite, incite, and delight the crowd! Don't miss it.

I feel very fortunate and the challenge of communicating with everyone our change in plans was easy, in comparison to the challenges of individuals affected by Harvey and Irma’s path. My heart, thoughts and prayers have been with so many during this time but I wanted to do more as a business owner. The NNBA has donated to the American Red Cross by using this link:  To the many nurses that are registered for the conference, thank you for the encouragement and wonderful comments you made to me directly on the phone and through your emails. You continually validate that Nurses are the best, they can do anything and make great business owners! is a Silver Sponsor of this year’s conference. Stop by the allnurses exhibit and meet Mary, the Community Director, and Beth, the allnurses’ Ask Nurse Beth Career Advice Columnist (and #NNBA2015 Grand Prize Winner!). They will be glad to tell you more about the opportunities and resources available at allnurses to help you make the changes in your nursing career. See their ad below!

I love Hacks (short-cuts), don’t you? How to Make an Infographic in 5 Steps, is a good one. Also in the articles below are Four Strategies to Battle Leadership Burnout and then to wrap things up, I had to include Being Flexible is a Requirement for Success. Yes, it is a challenge when things don’t go as we plan but one of the gifts of entrepreneurship is to be able to move quickly, be decisive and set a new plan in motion!

See you in November on St. Pete’s Beach!

Unconventionally yours,

Nurse Business Insider Tip                              by Renee Thompson
Where Nurses in Business will share an insider tip that may benefit other nurses in different stages of business development.
Four Strategies to Battle Leadership Burnout

*  Find a Mentor
What do Simon Sinek, Bill George, Seth Godin and Mark Zuckerberg all have in common? They all had great mentors! Coincidence? Definitely not. Finding someone you look up to, wholeheartedly trust and will actually listen to, goes a long way in keeping your sanity as a leader.

*  Take Care of Yourself
We’ve all heard the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup,” right? There’s no doubt this is a true statement, but as a leader there’s a bigger reason to take care of yourself. Tracey Cleantis states in her book An Invitation to Self-Care “The more we take care of ourselves, the less likely we are to tolerate bad behavior, abuse, and disrespect from others.”

*  Be Kind
Kindness, when used well and often, has the power to change your whole world (including work).

*  Spread Positivity
Take time to celebrate when you reach a goal or one of your staff members has great success in a challenging situation. Make a habit of seeking out positive results and announcing them to your team without reservation.
Read Renee’s entire article on these four strategies in the articles of interest below!
Expand your network, build meaningful relationships and find innovative ideas for your entrepreneurial venture. Attend our annual educational conference on Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives and discover the unlimited choices in nursing!
Articles of Interest
How to Make an Infographic in 5 Steps
Four Strategies to Battle Leadership Burnout
RTConnections Blog
Being Flexible is a Requirement for Success
So you want to create an infographic, and you’ve stumbled upon our tool. You’ve seen some examples and you’re ready to go.

Do you really need to read yet another guide on how to make an infographic?

I’m going to be honest and say, no, if you know what you want, and you have a very clear picture in your head of what you want to create, then go straight ahead and just do it.

But if you’re the kind of person that appreciates learning about the creation process or you have about 15 minutes or so to kill, then I think it will be well worth your time.
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Are you a leader dealing with burnout?

Many years ago, I was the manager on a large medical unit and quickly realized that the majority of my employees were toxic. Seriously, they couldn’t keep managers for more than a year. Every day employees would rush into my office and share horrific stories about their co-workers. I would leave work feeling exhausted and felt as though I had NOTHING left to give my family. 

I only lasted a year and a half, but during my time there a Rabbi would round on my unit almost every day. He would stop by my office and ask if I had any patients who needed his help.
Most aspiring entrepreneurs begin their journey with an idea of what it is they want to do. They have certain images of what this journey will look like. They have mapped out their path. They have done their research. They are energized because of how their “heroes” have done what they want to do. They are set.

This excitement serves as the adrenaline to their bodies. They are charging full-steam ahead. Their mind is set. The bow is pulled back and they are ready to release their idea to the world. This was me a few years back. All I saw was a straight line to my bullseye target … my business success. And then one setback after another came my way. 
About the NNBA
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