Subject: NNBA 2015 Keynote Announcement ~Opportunities~ NNBA News

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President's Corner

Keynote Announcement
It is with great pleasure to announce our keynote speaker, none other than Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio RN, Phd. Laura will kick off NNBA’s 30th Annual Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference with her presentation “Making a Million in Nursing”. One of the most successful nurse entrepreneurs ever, Laura is an educator extraordinaire and a past president of the NNBA. She has been a role model and mentor to thousands of nurses. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear and meet Laura. See more about Laura in our spotlight section of the newsletter!

Save the Dates
Save the dates, October 2-4,2015. The Riviera Hotel & Casino is the venue for our 30th Anniversary and Annual Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference. The Riviera is “Classic Las Vegas” on the strip and we have negotiated special rates for the conference. Registration for the conference and special discounted rooms will be available next month on Forward this newsletter to your friends by clicking on the forward button at the bottom of this newsletter!

We received a large number of submissions for this year’s conference and in the next couple of weeks we will be finalizing our program. I am so excited about this year’s upcoming event and I want to thank everyone that has submitted proposals. Nurses in business and aspiring entrepreneurs will find valuable, real-world content, humor, inspiration and connections. We will be placing the agenda on soon so you can make your plans.

There is another opportunity available, this one for a nurse planner. Please see the details and contact information below in the Career Opportunity section.  Also, if you are interested in advertising in the NNBA's bi-monthly newsletter, email for more information.

Next month is Donna Cardillo’s Empowered Nurse Enlightened Practice™ conference and retreat. See the ad below. Donna has offered NNBA members a $50 discount by entering the code Retreat15 when registering! Learn all about this wonderful event for Nurses. We work hard at being the best we can be and this is a wonderful opportunity to invest in ourselves and recharge our batteries!

Unconventionally yours,


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    An RN to serve as Nurse Planner for an ANCC Individual Educational Activity application process.

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    NNBA Members Spotlight
    Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio
    RN, PhD

    An outstanding seminar leader, Dr. Gasparis Vonfrolio ( has held CCRN certification and CEN certifications for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of critical care nurses prepare for the CCRN and CEN certification exams through her highly-acclaimed CCRN and CEN Review Courses and tapes. Laura has forty years experience as a critical care nurse and has held the positions of Assistant Professor of Nursing with tenure, staff development instructor and staff nurse. 

    She has an Associate (1973) Bachelors (1977), Masters (1982) and a Ph.D in Nursing Education (1994).

    Owner of four businesses, she is an educational consultant, the President of Education Enterprises, a nursing seminar company; past President of Power Publications, a nurse-owned publishing company; and the past President of the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA). She was the proprietor of A.D. Von Publishers and former Publisher of REVOLUTION - The Journal of Nurse Empowerment for eight years (1991-1998).

    Dr. Gasparis Vonfrolio has written extensively on critical care topics in journals such as Nursing, RN, AJN and has authored, co-authored and edited a total of 11 books, such as Critical Care Examination Review, Emergency Nursing Examination Review, 12 Lead EKG STAT! and 25 Stupid Things Nurses Do To Self Destruct by Power Publications (800-331-6534) . She is also the Co-editor of Nurse Abuse: Impact and Resolution and the Series Editor of the six-volume State Board Review Series, NurseTest, published by Springhouse Corporation. Dr. Vonfrolio was the organizer of the Nurses March on Washington DC, March 1995 and May 10, 1996 and has appeared on Good Morning America and Niteline with Ted Koppel (May 1996).

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