9 inspiring nurse entrepreneurs

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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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    Stephanie Royster January 19, 2017 at 12:46 am - Reply

    I’m trying to start a nonprofit Adult Daycare.but having a lot of challenges. So much paperwork and waiting

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      Flaphia Moraa April 10, 2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Am glad our Nurses are using nursing skills in collaboration with entrepreneurship. This is great.

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    Shanequa August 7, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    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

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    BENJAMIN SCOTT August 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    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..

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    joyce November 18, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

    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?

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      Julie Sellin December 7, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

      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

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        Tin tin March 6, 2019 at 4:14 pm - Reply

        Hi why did you decide nurseing instead of over jobs.

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    Doune December 6, 2017 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I would like to start my own business but how and where do I start? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    Terry Hines August 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I have over 25 years of home health care, rehab and management experience. I would love to start my own business instructing CNA, HHA and CPR in the state of Florida. Any ideas how to get started, the cost of start up, etc.

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    Jacqueline August 6, 2018 at 11:27 am - Reply


    I am thinking about starting my own business in respite care in the home any suggestions on what I would need to start?

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