Subject: Special Edition NNBA Conference Highlights ~ Shark Tank ~ Vanguard Award

President's Corner
October 21, 2018
Dear Nurses,

Nurses from all over the country met in Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend for the #NNBA2018 Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference. Three hundred nurses strong touted our signature event “as the best ever!” LeAnn Thieman kicked things off with her awe-inspiring and motivational story of how she went from being a nurse to a writer and speaker. LeAnn autographed copies of her multiple New York Times best sellers and offered priceless advice to the nurses in the audience that may one day write a book or speak from stage. If you ever have an opportunity to hear LeAnn speak, take it!

From the wonderful in-depth preconferences on Friday, until the grand prize winners and closing remarks on Sunday, the buzz, energy, and enthusiasm were off the charts. Breakout session speakers had their rooms filled with nurses eager for insider knowledge of multiple, specialized business opportunities, and areas to use their nursing knowledge and experience.

All the sessions with nurse business owners and experts were well attended. What nurses appreciated most was the approachability and access that they had to all the speakers with plenty of networking time to meet, mingle and collaborate. With over 30 years of assisting nurses to launch successful businesses, NNBA is evidence based practice!

This year’s Shark Tank Competition could not have been closer in deciding a winner. 7 amazing nurse innovators, inventors, educators, and developers pitched our shark tank panelists. They were: Yordis Morrison, Amy Wenham, Laura Futrell, Gwen Jewell,Sharon Dopak, Lori Forneris and Karen Kearsley. Mega successful nurse business owners, Donna Cardillo, Pat Iyer and Louise Jakubik deliberated and voted Laura Futrell as the #NNBA Shark Tank Winner! 

Laura's hope is to empower women during their cancer journey. The Patient Learning Center brings the most up-to-date, interactive education right to the patients' home and empowers women to be an advocate of their choices.
Periodically, the NNBA awards the prestigious Vanguard Award in recognition of a nurse entrepreneur exemplar with a proven track record of business success, impact and substantial influence in the nursing profession. This year, we presented the Vanguard Award to Pat Iyer. Congratulations Pat!
In the articles of interest below, The Engine of Nurse Innovation is my perspective on this exciting moment in time for our nursing profession, and our ability to be real change agents. I wanted to help circulate the second article Are You America’s Next EntrepreNURSE, to raise awareness to Johnson & Johnson’s challenge for nurse innovators. Please let me know if you enter the challenge and circulate awareness on your social channels. I expect all of NNBA’s Shark Tank competitors to enter! The deadline is February 1, 2019, and the specifics are in the article. The final article is Nurses in Business Change the World written by NNBA member Alene Nitzky. See why Alene believes nurse-owned businesses are taking the world by storm.

These are only a handful of the many pictures taken at #NNBA2018. In the near future, we will have the professional pictures and video out on and I will post on the NNBAnow Facebook page, Linkedin, and Twitter. Although the pictures are great, being in the room with so many like-minded nurses is hard to capture on film. One must see the dynamics of what really happens at this annual event in person to truly understand. Over a third of our audience filled in the special event offer and will be returning next year! Available conference resources will be placed in the dashboard section of the website in the near future.

The next newsletter will be November 15th so before I sign off here, I want to again thank our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, staff, conference champions, and our advisory board. Our advisory board members have more than full time careers and significantly contribute to NNBA’s success. Donna Cardillo, Louise Jakubik, Lou Podlesni and a special thanks to Renee Thompson for the wonderful job she did as our conference emcee. We are committed to NNBA’s mission and dedicated to promoting and advancing nurses in business!

Unconventionally yours,

Articles of Interest
The Engine of Nurse Innovation

Michelle Podlesni 
NNBA President
Are You America’s Next EntrepreNURSE?
Melinda Richter – Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Nurses in Business Change the World
Alene Nitzky, Cancer blog
Serving at the forefront of the nurse entrepreneurship movement, the National Nurses in Business Association, NNBA, is dedicated to promoting and advancing nurses in business since 1985. As the current President of the NNBA, I’ve personally witnessed the powerful and sweeping vision of nurse innovation in the 21st century. The scope of nurses’ influence is amazing, and those of us who’ve watched the profession grow are awestruck by how nursing continues to come into its own.

Box? What Box?

From its earliest days under the guidance of Florence Nightingale, the original nurse innovator, we’ve seen an explosion of nurses willing to think outside of the box; in fact, many of the most powerful nurse influencers active in the profession today likely ignore the existence of the box altogether.
At this very moment, someone has just received heartbreaking news about her health. She is hoping that there is an elite team of medical professionals out there – fighting to create solutions for her.

More than a decade ago, I was that patient, stranded in a hospital bed in Beijing preparing to fight for my life. That hope is the drive behind the innovators at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS.

And there is a very talented group of people out there who are interacting heavily with the patient, in real time – a team of health professionals dedicated to meeting her immediate needs, sensing and reacting to changes in her health, providing care, and ultimately helping her on the road to recovery. I’m talking about the nurses who are on the frontline; the nurses who are the backbone of our health care system.
Last week I attended the National Nurses in Business Association #NNBA2018 annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The energy and enthusiasm of this growing wave of innovation and change was infectious, and I certainly left recharged for taking my ideas forward. I met many people with whom I’ve been connected for a long time on social media, in person for the first time, as well as making many new connections.

Nurse-owned businesses are taking the world by storm because nurses have so many gifts and talents in addition to their knowledge, education, experience, and skills. No nurse takes on a task halfway, they go over and above 100% dedication and commitment.

Nurses go into business for many reasons, but most cite the desire to provide solutions to problems...
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