The National Nurses in Business Association announced its 2015 Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives National Conference will be held Oct. 2-4, in Las Vegas. NNBA’s 30th anniversary conference, “The Next Generation of Nurse Entrepreneurship,” is an educational and professional development event designed to give attendees, from emerging nurse entrepreneurs to nurse business leaders and managers, the benefit of learning from top-ranked experts on relevant topics and to connect with prestigious speakers and like-minded colleagues.
“Due to the rapidly changing healthcare environment, it is essential for today’s nurses to gain business knowledge and skillsets that typical nursing education does not provide. The NNBA covers this gap, serving as nurses’ bridge to business,” NNBA President Michelle Podlesni, RN, said in a news release. “NNBA’s mission, resources and knowledgeable membership assure nurses have a supportive and resourceful environment for success today and in the future.”
NNBA 30th anniversary conference highlights include:
• More than 15 sessions presented by leading nurse entrepreneurs, industry experts and inspirational business leaders
• A keynote sddress, “Making a Million in Nursing,” by nationally acclaimed speaker, educator and entrepreneur Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio
• Preconference workshops offering attendees additional insight into career alternatives and essential entrepreneur and business skills
• Chances to discover emerging opportunities in the new healthcare landscape, information on how to transition to independent nursing or a nurse entrepreneur, ideas on owning a nursing business
In other news, the NNBA announced its newly appointed business advisory board. The board will assist NNBA leadership in an advisory capacity to implement strategic objectives and long-term planning for the association.
“It is a very exciting time for nurses in business,” Podlesni said in the release. “We are seeing a large increase in the number of nurse-owned businesses, as well as nurses who desire to work independently. The formation of the business advisory board demonstrates our commitment to identifying and securing board members who cultivate best business practices. I am honored to work with this board as they are an invaluable resource for NNBA’s future growth as we continue to act as the national voice for nurses in business.”
Nurses on the board include: Podlesni; Nancy Brook, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, nurse practitioner, adjunct faculty, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto, Calif.; Donna Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP, Nurse.com’s Ask the Experts “Dear Donna” career advice columnist, author and expert blooger at DrOz.com; Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN-BC, CSP, president and chief mentoring officer, Nurse Mentoring Institute, LLC.; Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, MS, BSN, RN, CEN, CDE, CEO and founder, To Your Health: Empowerment Through Education, radio show host: The Health and Humor Show; and Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, CEO and president, RTConnections, LLC.
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