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President's Corner

I have heard from many of you, that just like me, you have difficulty with “falling back” and find the time change always a bit of an adjustment. With the whirl of the holiday season just around the corner, the new year will be here in a blink of an eye. Evaluating your 2014 goals and beginning to build your 2015 goals? The NNBA is here to assist you. The NNBA keeps membership affordable since we are dedicated to helping nurses succeed in business so utilize the website,, and let the NNBA know how it can assist you in this process.

The National Nurse in Business Association recognized the nursing student volunteers at a special ceremony on the UCF campus last week. Check it out in the article and pictures below. Cindy Hart, NNBA’s southeast regional manager has been busy and filling me in on the dedication and impressive amount of work that these nursing students are accomplishing. The NNBA champions the profession of nursing and has re-launched the Student Nurse Membership Program. Look to hear more about what nursing students around the country are up to and see what they had to say about the NNBA!

After compiling all of the information contained on the conference evaluation forms from The National Nurses in Business Entrepreneurship Conference 2014, it is time to start planning for next year's conference in Las Vegas; NNBA’s 30th Anniversary! The format of our 2015 conference will have some joint sessions in addition to multiple breakout sessions where you can experience more in-depth knowledge of specific topics that you will select. Stay tuned as we announce the speakers, nurse experts and a few surprises that will be in store in Las Vegas!

Additional pictures are out on the website and social media. Let’s stay connected! Twitter LinkedIn Facebook

Unconventionally yours,

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Lighten Up...
How I Survived Daylight Savings | NNBA Member Blogpost
Sunday is the day my husband and I do our food shopping–yes, we go together! We typically go to our local Trader Joe’s and then make a bee-line to Whole Foods. (I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods, but I digress.) Whole Foods was particularly busy today and I assumed it was because we got there later than we normally do. My husband insisted we were there at our normal time. I distinctly remember looking at the clock in his truck and it was 11:00am. My husband had his phone with him, and the clock on his phone says it’s 10:00am. Okay, now I’m confused; and I blame it on his old, crappy phone. 

Articles of Interest

NNBA Awards Florida Student Nurses Certificate of Appreciation
NNBA’s Cindy Hart, RN, BSN has been very busy this past month with all kinds of happenings in Florida. Cindy was on the UCF campus November 5, 2014 for a ceremony recognizing the students nurses that volunteered at the National Nurses in Business Association’s 29th Annual Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference. I know our NNBA members loved having the students participate and see firsthand what the NNBA is all about. We champion nursing education and professional growth knowing the unlimited opportunities available to today’s nurse.  Read more

You Need to Lead to Succeed | Success Tip
“Leadership is not about a title, or flowchart. It is about influencing another life.” - John C. Maxwell

The dictionary defines lead as to guide on a way, especially going in advance to direct a course or a direction, to serve as a channel, and to direct operations, activity or performance.
Remember when we were young and played the game follow the leader? First a leader is chosen and then the children line up behind the leader. The leader then moves around and all the children have to mimic the leader’s actions. Read More

    10 Tips For Bootstrapping Your Startup | Fast Company

    Not all startups have the luxury of getting investors right off the bat—sometimes it takes bootstrapping a business by funding it out of your own pocket.While this is an honorable way to start a company, bootstrapping is more difficult than it might seem. First-time entrepreneurs often have trouble getting funding without first showing some traction and a plan for potential success. Read More

    How to Sell Without Selling
     | Entrepreneur
    Info to read more- Surely we can get rid of our salespeople? Customers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and dislike being sold to. With easy access to unlimited information about any products and services on the Internet, what’s the point of salespeople (especially those pushy ones who don’t give you time to think)? Happily, it doesn’t have to be this way either for you or the customer. There is a third way. Read More

    4 Ways Your Smartphone is Making You Dumber
    | Forbes
    Like you, I love my smartphone. And like you, I probably love it more than anything else. But research is making it increasingly clear that our first love is hurting all the other relationships that it’s supposed to assist with.
    Here’s how.
      Read More
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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).

    Save the Dates!
    October 2-4, 2015
    NNBA 2015 30th Anniversary
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    NNBA News – Volume 14 Number 11.5
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