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Presidents Corner                      September 1, 2015

Next Generation Nurse Entrepreneurship
The NNBA Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference is celebrating its 30th year of promoting and advancing nurse’s in business. 30 years! As we move to the Next Generation of Nurse Entrepreneurship, we continue to see the positive effects and impact of nurses succeeding in business. Explore your options as a nurse entrepreneur. Enhance your business knowledge to grow and expand your business. Clinical nurses that are dealing with the frustration of unrealistic expectations and budgetary constraints; this conference offers you choices!

This year our conference has two extra special events: the NNBA Shark Tank Competition and The Pearls of Wisdom segment where conference attendees will hear priceless information from past NNBA presidents and mega successful entrepreneurs. There will be prizes, awards and events that will have you informed, motivated and inspired!

Here are links to the most recent updates on the conference information. I hope to meet many of you personally at the private Meet and Greet reception in the “Crown Room” at the Westgate Resort & Casino. Speaking of which, make sure to have your reservations because NNBA’s discounted room block is filling up. Big savings on your room can be obtained by using the direct link.  (I am working with the hotel to try to extend this offer for a few more days)

NNBA Member - Speaker Spotlight
We have nationally acclaimed speakers and real-world experts that are driven to provide massive value for our conference attendees! We are continuing to spotlight our members & speakers for our October Conference. Karen Mercereau,RN, iRNPA, is speaking Saturday, October 3rd and will be presenting Independent RN Patient Advocacy in a Round Table discussion later in the afternoon. Learn more about Karen below in the spotlight.
Real-World, Best Practices and Expert Advice
Learn why nurse entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in the US today. Discover emerging opportunities of nurses' roles in the post health care reform environment. Learn about multiple non-traditional career opportunities. Hone your business skills. Learn new strategies. Participate in powerful networking opportunities with like-minded nurses. NNBA members save $100 on registration. This conference provides great networking, marketing and mentoring opportunities.

Great articles below on Marketing, Franchising Information and Donna Cardillo’s “ Nurses and Entrepreneurship”. Every single day we receive multiple requests from nurses to receive our newsletter. Nurses subscribing to NNBA’s newsletter now number over 12,000. Thank you for taking part in delivering the message that nurses can do anything and make great business owners, leaders and mentors!
Unconventionally yours,

Articles of Interest
8 Ways to Do Big-Time Marketing Without Spending a Fortune

Entrepreneur Magazine
After 28 Years of Caregiving, This Registered Nurse Became a Franchisee

Entrepreneur Magazine
Nursing and Entrepreneurship: Perfect Together

Donna Cardillo The Inspiration Nurse®
Marketing is essential to any company’s bottom line. However, traditional advertising channels such as newspapers, radio and television can get expensive really quick. Furthermore, they may produce little or no ROI. Contrary to these earlier practices, your own marketing strategy does not need to break the bank. 
After nearly 25 years of marriage, Rob and Sandy Chester decided it was time to open a franchise that used both of their expertise. Sandy has 28 years of experience as a registered nurse, while Rob has nearly 30 years of corporate experience in the insurance industry. Together, they wanted to help the elderly in their community as Right at Home franchisees. Here's what they have learned.
Business ownership is part of the American dream. And why not? It provides the opportunity to be your own boss, make your own hours, and have creative freedom, flexibility of time, and unlimited earning potential. And while the concept of “business” is foreign to many nurses, we actually make great entrepreneurs.
Career Opportunity
Looking for LNCs for subcontracting opportunities! 
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NNBA Members Spotlight
Karen Mercereau, RN, iRNPA
Founder of Independent RN, Patient Advocate

Karen Mercereau is a nationally recognized visionary leader in healthcare, known for her ability to transcend challenges, and create opportunity from complexity. She brings 46 years of clinical nursing, community and home based healthcare delivery and patient advocacy to the development of the RN Patient Advocates Group Practice in Tucson, AZ. In 2002 she partnered with the University of Arizona College of Nursing creating a Learning Intensive that is nationally known as the leading educational program preparing RNs for this new practice model.

In Karen’s words:
My professional intention: I am an independent RN Patient Advocate because I believe that the best healthcare should be patient-centered and inclusive of all science-based healing approaches available. People deserve to be a vital part of their own health care team. My work as an iRNPA allows me to:
  • be a positive force for change in a healthcare system that has become fragmented
  • reduce my clients’ risk of medical errors
  • ensure the integrity of the diagnostic process
  • research and teach the full range of therapeutic options so people can make fully informed decisions about their care
  • be a teacher and guide for patients and their families facing medical issues beyond their level of understanding
  • facilitate communication in our medical system whose communication patterns are too often strained or interrupted by outdated approaches
Services Provided
RN Patient Advocate Services

  • Integrative/Functional Medicine
  • Patient advocacy
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Neurodegenerative disease treatment/management (ex. Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Burns
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Surgical preparation and recovery
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Cancer treatment options
  • Nutrition
  • Autoimmune disease medicine
For more information about Karen and the iRNPA program, visit or call (520) 743-7008.
Lighten Up...
Living Your Best Life
NNBA President, Michelle Podlesni will 
be speaking at NHCGNE 15th Annual Academic Leadership Conference on November 17 - 18, 2015 in Orlando, FL. 


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