By: Alicia Pierre
To be a nurse entrepreneur , it’s no cake walk. Anyone who tries to sell you a fantasy of all play, no work, is probably delusional or lying. Being in business can be tough. There are decisions to be made. Big decisions. Big-sometimes-overwhelming-decisions. Risks to take. Long hours to work (especially in the beginning), obstacles to overcome. There are days (many days) when you will doubt yourself, your ideas, your business, your strategy. I could go on and on. But with all that said, I would have it no other way. I am a nurse. An entrepreneur. And I love it. There are so many reasons why I love entrepreneurship.
Here are 17 specifically phenomenal reasons why being an entrepreneur rocks!
- There is no limit to how much you can earn. No one can set a salary cap, limited hours, 0.00025% raises, or any other garbage. You set the bar for how high (or low) you choose to reach.
- You don’t have to sit through demeaning annual reviews biting your tongue and swallowing the truth of what you really want to say.
- You set your hours. I am not a morning person and I no longer fight it.
- You can change your mind when you want to (no longer enjoy providing a particular service? you can stop or revamp the process).
- Your opinion matters, actually it’s the standard by which your business runs. Yes, you are the new Sheriff in town. Howdy!
- No need to ask for permission to attend special family events, doctor’s appointments, or a spa day or do whatever-you-fricking-want-day. Of course you need to find time to spend time with your family even with hectic nursing schedule.
- You get to pick your clients (imagine that, you can actually choose who you want to serve and how you serve them).
- Your creativity gets to wake up (in most jobs our creativity is stifled as we perform mundane task, after mundane task. Now your creativity gets to flourish).
- Focus on what gets you excited. You actually get to fill your day with tasks you (mostly) enjoy doing.
- Doing work that feels meaningful. Not just financially rewarding, but purposeful for your life.
- You can have a job from home as a nurse if you choose (just because you can).
- No more coworkers who grate on your nerves (enough said).
- People have an instant respect for you when you say you have a business (this is something I never expected, but I notice people’s borderline awe with business owners).
- You will learn a lot more about yourself, your perseverance, and life on a whole than most people ever get to.
- You are in charge of your own future. No one else. YOU!
- Deciding to take a day off and realizing there is no one to call to explain ‘why’ or apologize to.
- You get to follow your big dreams!
How many of your get PTs sent up or transferred without the proper precautions or even precautions at all??
If your answer is more than a few, that’s definitely not good nor safe for you, the staff, other PTs or visitors that are walking around the hospital to see their love ones. I’m pretty sure no one wants to leave with something they did not come to the hospital with!! PTs, visitors and staff as well should be protected and it can be done with the proper knowledge of CONTACT PRECAUTIONS…
Being a Nursing Student is very stressful. No matter what stage of nursing school you are at, it will always seem like a huge weight load. You don’t want to let the pressure build up and crumble you to pieces, so if you are noticing that you are having an issue with one of your classes SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY. This saves you a letter grade, as well as having to repeat the class in the near future. Nursing school is very tough, but with the proper education, motivation, mentors, inspiration and tools to deal with stress everything else shall fall into place. In order to stay on track of your career goal you must first take steps to help cope with the stress. So what is it that you do to cope with the stress as a Nursing student?? How did you or do you cope with the stress as a Nursing Student? If you don’t really have anything to help cope with the stress, here are a few tips below.
Do you ever feel like you are losing your love for nursing? Well here are a few tips to keep that passion ALIVE!
- Try not to think of your patients as their diseases, procedures or room numbers. Make the extra effort to learn (and use) their names. Hospitals can be dehumanizing enough without our adding to the problem.
- Remember your roots. Last week I heard a nursing student say, “I had the best day! I gave a shot and I cleaned up the same gentleman eight times.” When asked how this made for a great day, she said, “Well, he was pretty embarrassed about his medicine giving him diarrhea but I told him that happens to lots of people and convinced him not to feel bad about it.” She’s got the qualities of a great nurse.
- Offer grace. Nurses see people at their worst during very difficult circumstances. Overlooking grumpiness, showing patience with the confused in general, cutting our patients a little slack helps them enter the healing state and saves us aggravation too.
- Don’t mouth empty words. It’s unfair to your patients and bad for your conscience. Yes, I know it’s hard to say the same things to different patients day after day. Be inventive practice finding new ways to get information across.
- Treat everyone with respect. And, yes, I mean everyone. You may be the only one who does and it may make all the difference. The Bible says, “Dignify those who are down on their luck; you’ll feel good—that’s what GOD does” (Psalm 41:1, MSG).
- Nurse stories are the best. But, don’t use your patients as fodder for gossip or entertainment, even among yourselves. First, it’s illegal, what with HIPAA and all; second, it’s disrespectful to tell stories that show them at a disadvantage. Even though it’s hard, keep your lips sealed as a secret gift to the people you care for.
- Really see your patients. Look at their faces; notice their expressions and their demeanor. That slightly confused elderly gentleman giving the call button a workout may be a World War II veteran, once handsome and brave; while the well-dressed but jumpy Junior Leaguer may be fighting battles at home that you can’t imagine. You may never know their stories, but you can be sure they have one.
- Be present to your patients. Don’t hurry into their rooms on autopilot with a mental to-do list. Pay attention. Forget yourself. Take time to get “in the zone.”
- Listen to what your patients are and aren’t saying. Imagine yourself with “antennae quivering.” It’s rare for people to feel heard. Think of it as another gift you can give them.
- Support life in your patients. Give the best patient care. Work to put them in a place where healing happens. Be sensitive to their emotional state and try to match it, offering hope, kindness and, above all, truthfulness. When physical life wanes, offer comfort and support their spiritual life and loved ones.