Subject: Turned Tragedy Into a Lifesaving Device - NNBA News

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President's Corner

This is the last newsletter before The National Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference 2014 and I find it hard to believe the conference is less than a week away.  I am amazed at how fast the past few months have gone by, so much faster than anticipated. I am so excited to meet all of the nurses attending, many are returning while others are coming for the first time.  There are nurse business owners, nurses that are taking a strategic look at all the various opportunities for nurse entrepreneurs and so much more!  We have tried to put together an event that is dynamic and will offer the most to all the attendees. I want to encourage anyone who has not registered to consider making time to attend.  To continue on the same path, I am outlining one of our outstanding exhibitors as an added benefit to attending the conference, a professional photographer to take those valuable head shots!

Innovative Design
Nurses have had to “make do” and have improvised a solutions with patient care since forever. Many of these improvisations have been turned into products available to the healthcare industry. Do you have an idea for a product that helps patient care, outcomes and quality? Gary Bronga’s presentation on How to Bring a Product to Market from Home will be very informative for nurse inventors. The article below from Fast Company Magazine illustrates how technology is going to be at the forefront in patient care solutions. Speaking of technology and gadgets used in today’s medical practice, this link is a recent survey of doctors, med students, nurses and nurse practitioners weighing in on the subject.

Award-Winning Photographer
Orlando Photographer Kelly Canova and her husband Courtney are award-winning industry leaders who specialize in artistic photography and graphic design. They have been photographing Orlando events and portraits for five years and love to be a part of the lives of their clients. The Canova’s will be set up ready for your head shot session throughout the conference on both days. Each attendee will receive one beautifully re-touched and full resolution image for a special conference price of $45. This is a wonderful and convenient opportunity to add a professionally done photo to your media kit at a reasonable price that you can use over and over again. Keep this in mind when choosing what clothes to pack!

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference and wishing you safe travels,

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Lighten Up...
Declutter Your Life by Leo Babauta
There was a time, about 8 years ago, when my life was cluttered. I had too much stuff, and it kept coming in all the time. I had too much to do, and didn’t know how to simplify my schedule.
I was in need of some decluttering, and I knew it.
When I started to change my habits, from smoking to running to being more mindful, simplifying my life was near the top of the list.
The question became, how to go about it? How do you start when you’re facing a mountain of clutter, and another mountain of commitments, and piles of files and mail and email and other digital information?  Read more

Articles of Interest

Identify Your Passion | NNBA Success Tip
“A musician must make music and a painter must paint.
A poet must write if he’s ultimately at peace with himself.
What a man can be he must be.”
—Abraham Maslow
When it comes to our occupation, passion gives us great work satisfaction and higher levels of psychological well-being. Maslow believed that instead of full-time introspection in a cave by oneself, that all of his self-actualizing subjects were motivated by some great and important work.
  • Have you forgotten why you became a nurse in the first place?
  • Does your job still feel important or are you just going through the motions?
  • Is the passion you once felt dormant or extinguished?  Read More
How Marie Guion-Johnson Turned Tragedy Into A Life-Saving Device | Fast Company Design
Following the unexpected death of her husband at 41, Marie Guion-Johnson developed a heart monitor to detect blockages other tests miss.

In 2002, Marie Guion-Johnson's 41-year-old husband, Rob, died after going into cardiac arrest while swimming. That experience led Guion-Johnson to start the company Aum Cardiovascular and invent the CADence, a small device that a doctor holds over a patient's chest to detect blockages often missed by other tests (it sends data to a
computer via Bluetooth; no treadmill or other medical equipment is needed). Still in clinical trials, it could hit the U.S. market in 2016.  
Read more
Simple Habits To Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day | Fast Company
It’s a little over three years since I first had the idea for Buffer, and I’ve started to notice a few patterns amongst the ups and downs that come with building a startup.

One of the most important things I’ve learned during this time is that I perform the best when I’m happy. It really does change everything. If I’m happy then I’m more productive when hacking code, I’m better at answering support, and I find it easier to stay focused.

I’ve found that there are a few key habits which, for me, act as great rituals for enabling me to be consistently happy. They also act as anchor activities to bring my happiness level back up quickly whenever I have a period where I’m not feeling 100%. Here are six of the things I do:  Read more

Starting a Business: The Idea Phase | Entrepreneur
Many people believe starting a business is a mysterious process. They know they want to start a business, but they don't know the first steps to take. In this chapter, you're going to find out how to get an idea for a business--how you figure out exactly what it is you want to do and then how to take action on it.

But before we get started, let's clear up one point: People always wonder if this is a good time to start their business idea. Read more

5 Habits That Will Help Spark The Best Ideas You've Ever Had | Fast Company
What if whenever someone asked you a question, you had tons of innovative ideas waiting in response? You would be a hot commodity; who doesn’t want an ideas machine?

Unfortunately for those who want this power, the science behind the eureka moment is tricky. While cultivating great ideas is a process that can’t quite be produced at a moment’s notice, you can get better at thinking in ways that open yourself up to inspiration and, hopefully, generating better ideas.

Below are some ways to push yourself to having the best ideas you’ve ever had:  Read more

Living your best life...
NNBA Members Spotlight
Brenda Sammy 

Over her 37 year nursing career, Brenda Sammy has held various positions to include staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, nurse recruiter, nurse case manager, nurse coordinator of support to caregivers of severely injured combat veterans, and health coach. Right after graduation from nursing school she joined the US Army serving 25 years and retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Early in her career, she realized that she enjoyed making order out of chaos and realized that nurses needed a nurse leader who would advocate for them. She became passionate about fighting for what was right to be able to give quality care.

In 2005, while working for another administrator who did not see things the way she saw them, she made a decision that forever changed her life. She decided to take her future in her own hands and take charge of her physical, mental and financial health.

“When I got started, whether intentionally avoiding the issue or not, I was oblivious to the fact that the entire country (not just me) was getting fatter and fatter. The more I learned about this opportunity to become a health coach, the more excited I became. “There really is not an entrepreneurial bone in my body, so I cannot claim to have started out to own my own business, but that is exactly what has happened”. Today Brenda runs a wellness business from home, part time. She loves to help other nurses become healthier and will be a round table presenter at this year’s conference!

For more information on Brenda and Skinny Nurses, visit 

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