Subject: Nurse Entrepreneurs ~ Powerful Habits ~ Final Call for Speakers

President's Corner
February 1, 2018
Dear Nurses,

Happy February! The Call for Speakers deadline is February 4th so make sure you have submitted your proposal here: . I am really looking forward to coordinating this year’s program, so stay tuned to learn more about #NNBA2018 Speakers and Topics.

Here’s a special announcement from LeAnn Thieman, our Keynote Address Speaker for #NNBA2018. All nurses and healthcare workers have stories to tell...and LeAnn Thieman wants to hear them! As author of the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for Nurses Soul series, she is now collecting stories for her third edition of SelfCare for HealthCare™. If you think you are not a writer, just send your story the best you can with all the details and LeAnn will take it from there! Be sure to put your full name and contact information on your submission. If your story is selected, a fee of $200 will be paid. Email your story to; write "My Story" in the subject line. Deadline March 15, 2018! Good luck nurses!

An important reminder! NNBA Members Web Page: NNBA members can have their own web page to promote them self and their business. Business owners that have a website will benefit from backlinks to your site, increasing your SEO. For nurses that don’t have a website, a web presence is a must in today’s digital age. People have to be able to find you, learn about your business, the products and services you have to offer. This benefit alone is worth well more than double the cost of membership. Just fill out the Web Presence Application form and within 3-5 business days, your webpage will be up!

Last week Apple announced that patients at 12 national health systems will soon be able to access their medical record data on an iPhone or iPad. It went into beta testing on January 24th and officials expect it to be available as a free download soon. Cedars Sinai’s Health in Los Angeles, Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, and Dignity Health are a few of the health systems mentioned.

I heard a great quote recently, “Habits eat good intentions for breakfast”. It resonated with me because habits are so much stronger than intentions. 5 Habits to Grow Your Business Fast offers some great advice. Two of the articles of interest below deal with impressive software applications and telehealth. Telehealth Lends a Helping Hand to Senior Fall Prevention has evidence of shortening recovery times and compelling seniors to remain more active after joint replacement surgery. One of things you will find interesting are the challenges that Physical Therapists face with an ability to practice across stateliness and reimbursements issues, are very similar to what nursing is facing.

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Unconventionally yours,

Nurse Business Insider Tip                    by Michelle Podlesni, RN

Successful Networking: Networking is one the most important things you can do to grow your business. It is one of the top five reasons that nurses join and stay in the NNBA, . Especially nurses that have been members of the NNBA for several years. So, here are some essentials for networking that you directly apply to your business:

  • Figure out a way to make the relationship mutually beneficial. If you are always asking your contact for something, and never giving them anything back, they will stop answering. It is critical that you understand how you can add real value to the relationship.
  • Develop a manageable target list of contacts that would mean the most to your business, and work to develop authentic relationships with those people.
  • Find the right events, functions and networking opportunities where the people you want to be around attend. (#NNBA2018!) And have a game plan for what you want to accomplish at the function (# of people to meet, specific people to meet, etc).
  • Be sure you are the one to follow up. Very few of us follow up to foster relationships. Send them an article you think they would like. Invite them to a social function where you do things other than just talk business. Find out what their real interests in life, and do something to support those interests.
Being successful at networking is not that difficult, and the benefits far outweigh any concerns. Nurses are good at building relationships, and when you boil it down, relationships are the core of networking.

© Michelle Podlesni, 2011-2018, Unconventional Nurse
Articles of Interest
How to Design a Mobile Health Application

5 Daily Habits to Grow Your Business Fast 

Chris Ducker
Telehealth Lends a Helping Hand to Senior Fall Prevention
Healthcare providers looking to establish an mHealth strategy for patient or provider engagement likely see a mobile health application or two as a good place to start.

Mobile health applications allow healthcare providers to connect with patients and staff more quickly and dynamically, reaching out to them on the device of their choosing and at their convenience. Apps designed for a smartphone, tablet, or even a smartwatch also allow users to access information when and where they need it, reducing time wasted searching for that data and boosting both engagement and satisfaction rates.
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world!”

Those are the words of Archimedes, a famous Greek mathematician and inventor with an infamous obsession for innovation. And while his words may seem anecdotal, or appear to be written for inspirational intent, Archimedes was referring to a real principle; a principle which has the power to not only move the world, but can also empower a single entrepreneur with the ability to accomplish more than would seem humanly possible.
A Los Angeles-based provider of senior healthcare services is expanding its telehealth footprint to help more seniors stay out of the hospital.

The Los Angeles Jewish Home has been using a telehealth platform to help seniors recover from joint replacement surgery, either in a LAJH facility or their own homes. The program, says President and CEO Molly Forrest, has done wonders in shortening recovery times and compelling seniors to remain more active.

“Anything that we can do to empower the individual to recover at their speed helps us out in the end,” she says.
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