side gig they have, using their nursing knowledge aside their private/public employed roles. A lot responded though.
Days ago, i made a post asking nurses to tell
us what side gig they have ,that requires the use of Nursing knowledge , over 600 Nurses commented but very few are actually Nurse entrepreneur. Now it shows ,we have lots of Entreprenuers but few Nursepreneurs.
While most of businesses you mentioned were actually great businesses with satisfactory profit, but they weren't related to nursing entrepreneurship.
You know, for us to understand what nursing entrepreneurship is , we must first of all, look at what nursing is right? Right!
According to American nurses Association (ANA)" Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations."
Meanwhile, Henderson defined nursing in functional terms: “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to a peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge. And to do this in such a way as to help him gain independence as rapidly as possible."
Having said that, the next question that comes to mind ,is what is entrepreneurship?
According to, Thomas W Zimmerer "Entrepreneurship is the application of creativity and innovation to solving problems and effort in utilize opportunities faced by everyone and everyday".
While the Oxford Dictionary defines it thus, "Entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit."
Having known what nursing is and what entrepreneurship is, a combination of both, makes one a nursepreneur. A nurse entrepreneur is considered to be a “proprietor of a business that offers nursing services of a direct care, educational, research, administrative or consultative nature” (International Council of Nurses, 2004)
Its important we understand that, I'm not insisting that all Nurses should be Nursepreneurs, Its okay to be an private or public service employed Nurse and an entrepreneur(own a business that don't render nursing services nor require nursing knowledge) but to become a Nursepreneur , one who is a nurse ,will have to own a business that offers nursing services .
That said,entrepreneurship in nursing, provides nurses with self-employment opportunities ,yet they can still contribute to improve health outcomes among the populace ,using innovative approaches. Times are changing, It's important that the nursing communities, begin to pay more attention to the concept of Nursepreneurship .
You see, apart from establishing a pharmaceutical store/company, Nursing and maternity clinics/homes , Nurses easily run out of ideals when thinking of becoming Nursepreneurs. I will appreciate you , for mentioning a few nursepreneurial businesses you know, in the comment section.
As a nursepreneur the nurse is self-employed and is directly accountable to the client ,who can be an individual, a private or public organization .