9 inspiring nurse entrepreneurs

We are honored to have had such fabulous nurses in our recurring Nurse Entrepreneur Series, and we want you to have this rich resource all in one place.

You’ll be inspired by the wide breadth of expertise and skills each of these nurse entrepreneurs brings to the table and the impact they are each making on healthcare delivery.

Learn more about who they are, what they do, and the advice they give to those who want to follow in their footsteps.

Mental health practice 

Suzanne Drake, PhD, APN, board certified clinical specialist and owner of The Wellness Group of New Jersey, LLC. Suzanne provides a variety of mental health services to individuals, couples, and families, including psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and wellness counseling.

Vascular access agency

Jamie L Howard-Hamm, RN, BSN, VA-BC, founder and CEO of Vascular Access Plus, a unique nurse-run agency in Omaha, Neb., that is dedicated to providing patients with access to high-quality vascular access care.

Adult day care facility

Tracey L. Wolfman, RN, BSN, MA and CEO of We Care Adult Care, an agency that provides high-quality day care to adults with Alzheimer’s.

Diabetes education services

Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDE, BC-ADM, registered nurse, diabetes educator and founder of Diabetes Education Services. Beverly is dedicated to making an impact in diabetes education through training clinicians and teaching patients how to take control of the disease.

Foot care services

Sara Genta, RN, BSN, CFCN, owner of Healthy Feet: RN Foot Care Services. Sara provides foot care services in the Portland, Ore., area to individuals who are unable to care for their own feet because of medical reasons, lack of mobility, etc.

Wellness coach

Joyce Harrell, RN, OCN, founder of Joyce Harrell Wellness. Joyce is a nurse with 24 years of experience and provides services as a wellness coach.

Cancer treatment guide

Susan Scherer, RN, BSN, OCN, founder of RN Cancer Guides, a professional oncology nursing navigator service through which patients can rely on advocacy and guidance in their cancer treatment journey.

Yoga teacher, health and wellness speaker

Toni Scott, RN, BSN, is the founder of Yogatones Health and Wellness. Toni is a sought-after wellness speaker and yoga teacher.

Writer, podcast host, and nurse coach

And finally, Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, and Nurse.com’s new career columnist. Keith is a nurse coach, a writer, a co-host of RNFM Radio and has launched his podcast, The Nurse Keith Show, earlier this year. This article, featuring Keith’s work, was the inspiration for the Nurse Entrepreneur Series.

Your turn

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? What nurse entrepreneur specialties would you like to learn more about?

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10 responses to “9 inspiring nurse entrepreneurs”

  1. Hello all I am new to the group. I am wanting to become an independent nurse contractor. Is there anyone that would be willing to assist me with a contract. Thansk

    • Hi Shanequa,
      I have just seen your request here, and was wondering if you received the guidance you were looking for.
      I am a nurse entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience, and offer my services as a consultant so people may bounce their ideas off a neutral party. If you are still interested, please contact me @ hedgerow59@yahoo.com. My name is Rick Thompson and have been a Registered nurse for more than 30 years, and in the health industry for more than 40 years. I now, it’a a lot of years, but they were chock full of innovation, growth , extreme success and am looking to share with the right people. Thanks!

  2. I’ve accomplished a Master’s in Information Systems and worked in healthcare for a number of years as a CNA, Clinical Trial Finacial Analyst, and Business Analyst. At 40 I find myself enrolled into a 2yr RN program starting in a week. I would love to branch out on my own in 5 or so years combining my knowledge, just not sure what my product will be. Any thoughts..

  3. Bagged RN/BNSC/RM/RPHN, 4years after and I have dived into homecare,clinical and HMO.want to be my own boss and am torn between retail pharmacy business and homecare agency. How many years experience does one need to start up something?

    • Hi! I started a home care business in California this year. To prepare it took me about 18 mos to learn what I needed to do, come up with the funds, get the long state application filled out, and get some caregivers hired. It was quite expensive in CA. Business is slow but I have no competition so I feel pretty positive that things will eventually pick up. I have over 11 employees, only half are billable. If this doesn’t pick up this year I want to try something else. Looking for other ideas – whether it is to do concurrently or something different.Julie

  4. Hi Everyone,

    I’m an RN for 20+ years with experience in a bit of everything. I recently left my last job doing Case Management for a Health Insurance company back in November after doing it for the past 7 years.
    It’s time to get back to work and I am dreading looking for work in Nursing again but it’s the only career that allows me to afford to live because I live on my own. I just turned 50 years old a few months ago and I’ve decided I need a serious change in my career. I’m very unhappy working my butt off and I’m getting burnt out mentally and physically. I have some physical ailments now after back breaking work in Nursing that it’s causing pain when working.

    I’ve thought long and hard and I truly want to work for myself. I don’t want to do any physical aspects of nursing. So I have an idea that I wanted to run by you guys and pick your brains to make sure I’m not going into this blindly.

    I would love to go to my clients homes and just educate them on all their medications. I would offer education on their medications and whatever supplements they may be taking. I know how difficult it is for patients to keep track of their medications especially if they are changed frequently. I could go over what other supplements they are taking. Teach them about what each medication is for, what to not take together such as, waiting to take certain medications after taking antacids,. etc…

    I think teaching one on one in the comforts of their homes would decrease medication mistakes. Since I would just focus on that I can take my time with just the medication aspect of their care.

    I don’t know if I’m walking into something that I would step over my Nursing duties, possibly stepping into the role of MD or Pharmacist. Of course, I would never steer them away from how the doctor wants them to take their medication. Which I would never intentionally do.

    Can you help me kick start my thoughts and ideas on this business idea. Do you know where I could get more information about this? Anything I should worry about?
    Any Laws I need to think of? I live in Florida now.

    I truly appreciate your advice.


  5. Myself an another nurse with a combine 60+ years of experience between acute care and long term care are interested in starting a business. The company would involve hiring ourselves out as health educators to other companies,schools training and teaching infection control, safety, preventive medicine to staff. Do you think that there would be a market out there for our services?

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