Subject: NNBA News ~ Robot Help For Nurses ~ Are You Approachable ~ 4 Ways to Avoid Digital Distractions

President's Corner
July 15, 2019
Dear Nurses,

 Each of the nurses in the Meet Your Speakers picture above are exemplars of nurse business owner success. Every year, our speakers contribute to the success of NNBA’s conference being generous with their expertise, content, resources, time and approach-ability. We have been helping nurses transition from employees to entrepreneurs for over 30 years. Thousands of nurses have benefited from membership, and launched successful nurse owned businesses. 

Our annual educational conference on nurse entrepreneurship is unique. A one-of-a-kind opportunity for nurses new to the thought of entrepreneurship and savvy nurse entrepreneurs that understand the power of expanding their network and collaborating on new projects. Learn everything about #NNBA2019, the speakers, the topics, and the Flamingo hotel’s NNBA block of discounted rooms here: Seats are going fast and space is limited. (Last year we had to close registration early so make sure to register and book your rooms).

We are excited to have Pacific Northwest Aesthetics Academy
PNAAResidential Assisted Living Academy RALA, Changing the Future OutcomesCTFO and Allnurses as sponsors this year, as well as multiple new exhibitors, and our nurse owned business exhibitors. Join us in Las Vegas and discover how your diverse experience as a nurse translates into high-demand and emerging business opportunities.

Our first article of interest is Hospital Introduced Robot to Help Nurses. Robotic founders designed Moxi to run approximately 30% of tasks that nurses do, so they could spend more time with patients. There were a few surprises in this article, and I would love hearing your opinions on this. Next is You Are Not Approachable Enough. We all need to remember to make it easy for someone to work with us by having well outlined contact information. Harvard Business Review explains How to Avoid Digital Distractions. It has great statistics and helpful tips for increased productivity and quality of life!

Unconventionally yours,

© Michelle Podlesni 2019 All Rights Reserved. This newsletter may not be 
reproduced in any form, whole or in part without the author’s permission.
Articles of Interest
Hospital Introduced a Robot to Help Nurses

Fast Company
You're Not Approachable Enough. Let's Fix That.

Entrepreneur Magazine
4 Ways to Avoid Digital Distractions

Harvard Business Review
Nurses are in high demand: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of jobs for nurses will grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than other jobs. The current shortage has left hospitals in a crunch—and a few hospitals in Texas recently turned to an unusual solution: a robot named Moxi.

But Moxi, which was designed and built by the Austin-based company Diligent Robotics, isn’t trying to act like a nurse. Instead, Diligent Robotics founders Andrea Thomaz and Vivian Chu have designed their robot to run the approximately 30% of tasks nurses do that don’t involve interacting with patients, like running errands around the floor or dropping off specimens for analysis at a lab.
I won’t name names, but there’s someone missing from this issue of Entrepreneur. I’d found a piece they’d written, liked their work, and planned to assign them a story for the magazine … but I couldn’t find their email address online. They have no website. Their social media channels offer no way to get in touch. So I moved along to someone else instead.

Why’d I give up so fast? Because the way I see it, that person’s job is to make themselves easy to work with. And I’m not going to spend my time doing someone else’s job for them.

I hope this little story strikes fear into the hearts of many.
In our always-on culture, employers expect workers to be reachable and responsive at all times. However, research shows that constant connectivity may be counterproductive when it comes to engagement and productivity levels.

Today’s smartphone users check their phones 150 times a day, which is the equivalent of spending 2.5 hours a day just opening and closing the phone. A single text message, which takes approximately 2.2 seconds to read, can double error rates on basic tasks; even worse, workers find that it takes an average of 11 minutes to get back into the flow of the previous task. Our phones have become compulsions, rather than tools of efficiency.
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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 34 years have benefited from membership in the NNBA and launched successful businesses. The NNBA is the #1 Nurse Business Owner Network and serves collectively as The Voice of Nurse Entrepreneurship. Learn about joining the NNBA by clicking here.
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