Home Business IDEAS for Nursing
Home businesses provide nurses with flexible schedules.
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The advantages of having a home business as a nurse include being your own boss, choosing your patients and coworkers, and determining your work goals, such as fulfilling certain needs with your nursing expertise or making money the way you decide. You can perform the work you love on your own flexible schedule. You develop the policies and procedures and how to do your work best, and you get to operate your business from the comfort of your own home.
Using Your Initiative
Long hours and strict rules or procedures as a staff nurse in a clinical or hospital environment leave little room for nursing creativity. Nurses are creative and flexible by nature, which may cause unhappiness in a hospital job. Self-employment and a home business provide registered nurses with adequate income and the satisfaction of doing their work. They can customize their services to fit their particular interests and schedule. Nurse entrepreneurs can also use their creative talents and flexibility to design new services around the latest regulations. A new state regulation in Pennsylvania, for example, called for the reporting of statistics on a certain infection rate to state officials, the National Nurses Business Association (NNBA) notes. Hospital facilities had no procedures in place to collect these particular statistics. A certified infection control nurse started a successful business to report the necessary information for the hospitals to the state.
Setting Up Your Business
Startup costs for many RN home businesses and consulting services are relatively low, and you can often use the home office equipment, such as a computer, you already have to begin. Although as an RN you don't need to start a sole proprietorship, limited liability company or corporation, the NNBA recommends you incorporate your business to protect your personal assets and take advantage of tax deductions as a small business. Take business courses to learn how to operate your home business. Books, DVDs and online courses help you understand the business aspect of nursing. The NNBA offers materials and home study courses on self-employment for nurses.
You may have the skills and talent to identify problems and find solutions for healthcare facilities. You could operate a home consulting business in specialty areas from your home or get involved in medical and billing fraud. You may have the financial experience to set up a business that helps hospitals or clinics find cost-cutting measures. To determine if you will have enough clients to make a profit in this venture, check with hospitals, clinics or physicians' offices to see if they need help with financial issues or medical billing.
Your nursing experience may cover medical and nursing education for patients, families and healthcare professionals. You can use your skills as a teacher or educator to design or present programs to health facilities or companies. Nurses have become trainers in specific areas of healthcare, such as leading programs on CPR or other lifesaving techniques. Some experienced nurses have used their educational background as writers and authors. Educators continue to play an important function in the nursing field. More requirements and regulations make continued training, in such areas as medication errors or state license renewal courses, necessary. Your local college or medical center may need teachers. Ask about the certification necessary for nurse teaching in your state.
Customized Care Planning
If your nursing duties involve designing customized care plans for wellness programs that help patients, you can use your talent and knowledge as a wellness coach or holistic nurse. You can even establish a wellness clinic from your home. Nurses who review the care of patients and develop new ways for patients’ well-being can work as care managers or patient advocates. Education and practicing requirements for patient care nursing may differ in states. You may diagnose and treat patients but need collaboration from a medical supervisor in some states. If your job involves providing information on medical issues to legal professionals, you may want to consider working as a legal nurse consultant, forensic nurse or life care planner. Attorneys and insurance companies look for nurses as consultants as a solution to the high cost of using physicians for consulting.