Subject: Nurse Entrepreneurship – NNBA Shark Tank Winner – Season’s Greetings

President's Corner
December 16, 2017
Dear Nurses,

I’m sure everyone is busy with the Holiday season upon us so I’ll keep my comments here briefer than usual. I definitely want to mention the gargantuan mergers occuring in the healthcare marketplace; three huge deals that will have significant ramifications for healthcare providers. In the articles below, my blog post, Why Nurses Need a Plan B and More, identifies the companies and what their motivation is for these mergers and acquisitions.

Dawn Cook won NNBA’s 2017 Shark Tank Competition!  You can read more about Dawn and her winning pitch in the second article below.

Here is a shout out to Carol Lumsden, who works with the NNBA as the manager of members services. Many of you have spoken with Carol and have commented how enjoyable it was to speak with her. Carol has amazing nursing experience, from being a nurse midwife to an operating room nurse. She has also worked as a medical adviser on two successful medical TV dramas! Thank you, Carol for helping NNBA members maximize their benefits!

“I have attended numerous conferences in nursing, as well as other industries and I have to say, NNBA is as good as it gets! Everything was top notch. The speakers were both informative and engaging providing practical information you could implement immediately. And the best part is that you could talk to them, as they were visible and interacting with the other attendees. The networking was wonderful. We sat at round tables where we could talk to other attendees during the main sessions. In addition to this there were not one, but 2 social/networking events. The exhibitors were relevant to the attendees and some of them were speakers. I truly enjoyed NNBA2017 and am looking forward to NNBA2018 in Las Vegas!”

Thank you Deanna for your comments on #NNBA2017! Check out information on the the Case Managers Cruise and learn more about Deanna here:

And to close, in our last article I would like to thank Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN, CEO of The Nurse Speak for featuring me in the Nurse Entrepreneur Spotlight for December. Being a nurse entrepreneur provides all the aspects of work that I love: challenge, excitement, achievement and the fulfillment of working with nurses from all around the country, but most of all, it allows me freedom and endless choices!

We wish everyone a joyous and peace-filled Holiday season!

Unconventionally yours,

Nurse Business Insider Tip                    by Michelle Podlesni, Unconventional Nurse®
Where Nurses in Business will share an insider tip that may benefit other nurses in different stages of business development.
Beware of Spammers!
Definition of spam. : Unsolicited usually commercial messages (such as e-mails, text messages, or Internet postings) sent to a large number of recipients or posted in a large number of places. First Known Use: 1990.
The other day I had a handful of nurses send me an email they had received that concerned them that someone was hacking NNBA’s email. No, our email was not hacked (we have very good firewalls on our email server), a spammer used nnbanow in the text area and combined it with their URL which makes it evident that it is not the NNBA. The URL - Uniform Resource Locator is the web address on the internet and in this case, the spam address. I want to urge all to be extremely cautious in opening emails and definitely, do not click on any link or open any attachments that is not from an address, URL, that you recognize. I see a higher level of spamming action occurring. I get emails with family members and friend’s names and when I look at the address, URL, it is clearly spammers attempting to get me to click on links and open attachments. Be safe out there in the cyber world my friends.

Articles of Interest
Nurses Need a Plan B and More in Today’s Healthcare Market Place
Nurse Expert Witness wins Shark Tank at National Nurses in Business Conference
Nurse Entrepreneur Spotlight, Michelle Podlesni, RN
The Nurse Speak Blog
Three events in this past week alone should be ringing some alarm bells to nurses, and I'm not talking about a patient’s call button, I talking about these gargantuan mergers taking place and the continued corporatization of health care.

December 3rd, CVS Health announced a deal to buy Aetna for $69 billion dollars.
Dawn Cook had the opportunity to attend the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference at the Sirata Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida from November 17th through the 19th. For those unfamiliar with the NNBA, it is best described as “a professional nursing association and springboard for nurses transitioning from traditional nursing to small business ownership and self-employment. 
It is my strong belief that if we spend more time focusing on supporting and uplifting our fellow colleagues, nurses would find greater satisfaction in the work that they do. Therefore I decided to create a monthly blog series: the Nursing Entrepreneur Spotlight – that focuses on exploring other nurse entrepreneurs and the fantastic work are doing. Since I’ve launched my company The Nurse Speak, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting...
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