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Clinical Nurse to Entrepreneur: Transferable Skills

Being a nurse means you have developed a unique set of skills that are in demand in many fields. Perhaps you have thought about championing a new product or becoming your own boss, but you are unsure if your nursing background has prepared you to take this next step. How does taking care of patients at the bedside prepare you for being a nurse entrepreneur? We have some ideas!

You may be saying to yourself, “I can take care of 5 sick patients on a shift while being short-staffed during a power outage, but I’m not sure if I have the skills to launch a new product or start my own business.”

Let’s explore some of the specific capabilities you have mastered as a clinical nurse that would be needed as a nurse entrepreneur.

Problem Solving: There are many complexities in healthcare, and nurses are on the frontline of solving problems to ensure safe quality care. Think back to the last time you encountered an obstacle during your shift, and how you pulled together the best resources to fix it. As an entrepreneur, you will need to understand how to use your resources wisely to solve difficult problems, and as a nurses, you are already an expert!

Adaptability: When starting a business, you will encounter new challenges that will require you to be flexible and adapt to the unexpected. You already do this on every shift. Whether you are managing unexpected patient admissions or changes in staffing, you have gained the ability to be flexible when the need arises.

Prioritization: Nurses are adept at sorting through competing priorities and tackling the most important needs of their patients. Being an entrepreneur is no different! You will need to be efficient at how you manage your time and focus to drive innovation.

Creativity: Also known as “thinking outside the box”, nurses are known for their creative workarounds to systems issues. These workarounds are examples of the entrepreneurial spirit, a perspective that looks for ways to innovate and continuously improve.

Lifelong Learner: Being a nurse means you are committed to ongoing learning and development, and you will be always learning something new as an entrepreneur. Whether it is managing self-employment taxes or new software systems, you will have the desire to seek out learning opportunities to improve your product and grow your business.

Advocacy: In order to navigate the complexities of the healthcare system, you have learned how to speak up and be the champion for your patient’s interests. As you enter the entrepreneurial world, you will use this skill to be the promoter and biggest fan of your new business.

As you can see, being a nurse means you have what it takes to start your own business or develop that innovation you have been thinking about!

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