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President's Corner

Motivating, inspiring, wealth of knowledge, great connections; these were only a few of the comments that were collected on the evaluation forms from our 29th annual conference in Orlando last week. I am still in awe from getting to know the amazing nurses that filled the room! In fact, long after the conference ended, there were still nurses gathered together talking as the hotel staff tried to clear the room. I know we will see many of these nurses in joint ventures and new partnerships. One nurse came up to me saying the conference hadn’t even started and she was filled with new, creative ideas for her business. (We had lots of fun at the meet and greet Friday evening). A nurse practitioner that works too many hours said that it was time for her to invest in herself and another nurse said that she was so glad that she took the chance to register after she found our group on the internet just the week before. Several nurses received job offers and speaking engagements for their programs. This was a mission moment for me as you will learn about below in the article from Success Magazine. NNBA’s mission is to encourage nurse entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to develop, grow, own and manage their own business, to develop local and national opportunities for nurses in business and provide the networking and educational needs of our members. The evaluation forms and the vast number of comments many of you made to me personally validates that we accomplished our mission during this year’s conference.

I love using the events calendar for passing on valuable information for nurses in business! In your conference program were two pages outlining step by step how to fill out your members profile and how to use the event calendar. This is a great opportunity for advertisement and promotion, two costly items for business owners and it is yours free since they are two of the many benefits included with As NNBA moves into the future, we made several announcements. One of which was that we are developing NNBA Chapters. If you are interested in becoming a NNBA Chapter Leader in your area, please contact me at

The most powerful resource for professional and personal development is the connection of professionals in the same industry. So save the dates and plan on joining us next year in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate NNBA’s 30th Anniversary as we continue to advance and promote nurse entrepreneurship. October 2-4, 2015 and I promise that next year we will get the group shot before the end of day Sunday when so many had to leave to catch their flights! 

All the Best,

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The Secret to Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again | Success Magazine
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It was opening night and the auditorium was packed with parents, teachers, students and their families. Peering out from the wings of the stage I could see the rows of expectant faces. That’s a lot of pressure for a third-grader. The time for my scene came in the blink of an eye, and there I was, sitting on the wall in my egg costume. Everything was going fine until my line, “I’m one who has spoken to a king, I am!” And I guess I said it with just a little too much enthusiasm… because I lost my balance and fell over the back side of the wall.
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Articles of Interest

NNBA Post Conference Pictures & Comments | NNBA 2014

Here are just a few of the pictures from the conference. Many more will be posted under the Annual Conferences tab located on the home page of the website in the near future. We also wanted to share with those that couldn’t be there and hope to see you next year Las Vegas, October 2 - 4, to celebrate NNBA's 30th anniversary!  See more.

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    Alene Nitzky
    Ph.D, RN, OCN

    Individual Health Coaching • Cancer Exercise Training • Cancer Wellness

    Alene brings a broad array of experience to her health coaching expertise. She holds a doctorate in recreation resources from Colorado State University, where she studied health benefits of leisure. She has taught kinesiology, wellness, and fitness at the college level, coached collegiate cross-country and track, and worked with individual runners of all ages. She spent five years working in Arizona as a certified personal trainer for women aged 40-80 with chronic health conditions.

    Alene is an ACE® certified health coach and an ACSM/American Cancer Society certified cancer exercise trainer. A registered nurse who has worked in critical care and outpatient oncology settings, Alene maintains her certification in oncology. A Nightingale Award nominee for advocacy, she is passionate about helping those who have been through cancer treatment restore their well-being. Alene has been speaking about running, fitness, and wellness to various groups and organizations for the past 20 years.

    She writes about running, fitness, and health care, and her work has appeared in guest blogposts, book chapters, Kevin MD, The Coloradoan, Ultrarunning Magazine, Runners’ World, Barefoot Running U.K., and other publications. She writes a monthly column on running for The Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado’s local paper, and is a former blogger on cancer survivorship and wellness for the Oncology Nursing Society.

    An accomplished ultraendurance athlete, Alene has won numerous races over the past 30 years and is one of the few women to have ever completed a 270 mile road double crossing of Death Valley from Badwater to the base of Mount Whitney and back in July. She has also worked on medical teams at ultramarathons. She currently runs for the Pearl Izumi Colorado Regional Team. Inspired by her outdoor adventures, she maintains her own blog, Journey to Badwater, about ultramarathon running and life, and paints southwestern landscapes in pastel.

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    NNBA 2015 30th Anniversary
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