Ten Incredible Entrepreneurial Ideas Just For Nurses

There are an infinite number of idea combinations that will complement your nursing degree.  I think many nurses and NPs get tunnel vision with 3 predominate ideas that they think they are limited to- start up an NP clinic, start a nursing recruiting agency, and start a home health agency.

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There are an infinite number of idea combinations that will complement your nursing degree.  I think many nurses and NPs get tunnel vision with 3 predominate ideas that they think they are limited to- start up an NP clinic, start a nursing recruiting agency, and start a home health agency.  While they are all potentially great ideas, they are also very expensive and risky ventures to undertake.

So what else can you do?  After reviewing this list, I would challenge you to come up with business ideas you CAN’T do, because that list will be much shorter!

So let’s get started…

I’m going to list 10 hot areas and pair them up with NursePreneur ideas that have the potential to be profitable.  The larger font is the broad topic or consider a passion you may have and the smaller font descriptions contains potential areas of nursing expertise.

Obviously you could exchange just about any specialty here, so example instead of spine patients and personal training, work with cardiac patients, ortho patients, any elective surgery, post rehab, etc.. You get the idea.  All of these ideas could create an amazing niche for a nurse, and particularly because you are a nurse, it gives you the X Factor.

Because people know, like and trust nurses your profession gives you a major boost in marketing.  Anything you decide to do needs to be paired with your nursing expertise for added authority and credibility.  Take a look:

 

1.     Personal Training:

Specialized personal training for patients with brain injury, degenerative spine disease such as spinal stenosis, osteoporosis

 

2.     Weight Loss:

Specialized nutrition, weight loss or meal plans for cardiac patients after surgery

 

3.     Financial Planning:

Learn how to manage your wealth as a nurse or help families navigate the insurance world (not for the faint of heart!)

 

4.     Meditation:

Nurse to nurse training on meditation techniques to reduce work stress or help the general public with this training

 

5.     Women’s health:

Wellness coach for women after breast cancer treatment or after any life-altering event

 

6.     Healthcare consulting:

Provide specialized training to nurse practitioners on the ins/outs of billing or teach hospital admin how to bill for nurse practitioners.  Also for non-NPs set up a consulting service to teach units how to orient new grads, streamline waste, improve processes, set up new centers, etc.

 

7.     Editing:

Help students, graduate and doctoral students edit papers, write introductions, format papers, sell templates for writing research papers

 

8.     Volunteering:

Document and organize medical missions for nurses and other medical personnel

 

9.     Telemedicine:

Create a company that specializes in transitional care for stroke/cardiac/COPD patients in the first 30 days after leaving the hospital

 

10. Fashion:

Design nurse fashion wear in scrubs or for an office.  How many fashion outlets have you seen for nurses? How about designing clothes for patients after breast surgery, abominal surgery, with loss of flexion from back surgery.. This field is wide open

 

Are you starting to get the idea? There really isn’t much that you could tell me that you are passionate about that couldn’t be turned into a business model.  I do this exercise all the time with my financial management students.  They all want to write proposals for grants.  So I make them re-envision their grants as business proposals.  It’s quite easy to do, again with just about any interest you may have.

This list could go on and on forever and is really just limited by your imagination.  I can only tell you that you are an expert so many times.  Ultimately, you have to believe that you have something to offer.

Finally, just remember no matter what you offer, because you are a nurse, your product or service is already that much better than everyone else who is out there!

As a nurse any product or service you offer will have a built in X-factor.

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Catie Harris

Catie Harris, PhD, MBA, and Registered Nurse is the NursePreneur Mentor who has empowered hundreds of nurses to monetize their knowledge and skills in business, while inspiring them to change the way healthcare is perceived and delivered. Through her intensive mentorship programs, Catie shows nurses how their nursing knowledge can transcend the hospital system into a profitable business.

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