Subject: NNBA News - 19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

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President's Corner
I had so much fun earlier this week talking with Maureen Sullivan Trevalt who is our keynote speaker on Sunday, October 5th at NNBA’s 29th Annual Educational Conference. Maureen’s wealth of knowledge, passion for nursing and education, and her ability to engage people makes her an excellent teacher and a captivating lecturer. She is a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Diabetic Educator, and the former manager of a hospital stroke program. Maureen’s Health and Humor Show is an award winning weekly internet podcast that combines health information with humorous news and stories, as well as the lame joke of the week! Make sure to make your hotel reservations and receive the group discount rate $114 using the Group Name: National Nurses in Business Association or NNBA. We are also offering an early bird discount of $50, but only until August 15th, so don’t miss out on savings! Enter "ebird" in the coupon box when registering for the conference.

Have you been out to lately? NNBA’s Web Development team is rocking it and continues to improve the website’s look and functionality. In the next couple of weeks, we are launching an interactive calendar which is viewed by the public but exclusive to NNBA members input. Members that have events such as workshops, seminars and presentations can add them to this calendar. Our website is very popular with thousands visiting each month with the average view time of over four minutes! Nurses that aren't members can access the calendar to stay up to date with many valuable nursing events going on around the country. The initial results of the beta testing have been very positive and we will release this feature in the near future.

Fourth of July has me thinking about what our forefathers risked to ensure our independence and have the ability to govern ourselves. It’s pretty incredible the price individuals are willing to pay for freedom. Well, I think nurses are pretty incredible too! Thousands of Nurse Entrepreneurs have made the decision to use their nursing license independently to become their own boss, express their potential and make additional income on their own terms. So this 4th of July, let's celebrate freedom and independence.

All the best,

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Articles of Interest

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter | Business Insider
Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?
Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:  Read More

4 Steps to Revolutionary Business Growth | Success Magazine
You've tried just about everything else. Perhaps these four counterintuitive approaches to growth might be what you’ve been looking for:
1. Go Slowly.
The very best way to get to Cleveland is to drive. Or even to walk. Point yourself in that direction and start.
Most people don't do that, of course. They decide that they need to get there fast, so they plan on flying. But often, in their rush to get to the airport, they forget something important. And when they get to the airport, they're so excited, they jump on the first available airplane, regardless of where it’s going. When that doesn't get them any closer to their destination, they get off, run to the next plane and start over. That’s expensive and frustrating.  Read more

When to Schedule Your Most Important Work | Harvard Business Review
If you work with a team, chances are your inbox is often flooded with invitations. Internal meetings, client conference calls, the occasional lunch request. Assuming you have some control over your calendar, how you respond to these offers generally depends on two factors: the value of attending the meeting and your availability. Rarely, however, do most consider a third factor in our decision-making criteria: the time of day when you are at your most productive.  Read More

How to Use LinkedIn - 5 Smart Steps to Career Success | Forbes
For many, LinkedIn is the social media equivalent of an awkward networking event. Friends and acquaintances have said variations of the following to me: “I’m on there but I have no idea what to use it for.” Or: “I don’t see the point of joining — my colleagues know me, my work and my email address. I don’t need to connect with them on LinkedIn.”
But consider this: According to the Pew Research Center, LinkedIn usage is especially high among the educated (bachelor’s degree holders and up), and high earners (those making $75,000 a year or more) — exactly the types of people with whom you’d want to connect professionally.  Read More

5 Questions to Determine if You're Ready to Be An Entrepreneur | Entrepreneur
The only difference between people who want to be entrepreneurs and the ones who actually are is the work and the risk of getting started. If you feel like you want to be an entrepreneur but aren't certain if you’re ready yet, here are five questions to help you determine your capabilities. the risk of getting started. If you feel like you want to be an entrepreneur but aren't certain if you’re ready yet, here are five questions to help you determine your capabilities.    Read More

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NNBA Members Spotlight
Renee Thompson
CEO and President, RTConnections, LLC

Dr. Renee Thompson is a true champion for nurses. After more than 23 years as a nurse, nurse educator and nurse executive, Renee has become one of our country’s leading authorities on nurse bullying, clinical and professional competence, and nursing culture.

As the CEO and President of RTConnections, Renee has been repeatedly published, interviewed, and awarded for her work to educate, connect and inspire current and future nurses. Renee is the published author of several books and speaks nationwide to healthcare organizations and academic institutions motivating her audience at keynote addresses, professional conferences, workshops, and seminars. Her presentations and seminars focus on improving clinical and professional competence, eliminating nurse-to-nurse bullying, effective communication and leadership, building a positive and healthy workplace, and nurturing a culture of respect.

To stay connected with nurses, Renee continues to practice as a bedside nurse.

You can learn more about Renee and contact her through the NNBA Member's Directory and through her website listed below.

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