Nurse Entrepreneurs

These nurses and their businesses have been spotlighted in Donna’s monthly e-newsletter Nursing Connections. If you are a nurse who owns a business, send a note to for possible inclusion in a future edition.

Renee Baldo, RN, BS, MBA, Founder of Unlimited Potential
Unlimited Potential focuses on skin and body care with a holistic approach.

Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, CSP, owner, The People Pro
Bartlein offers keynotes, seminars, and consultations to build businesses and balance lives. She is author of Why Did I Marry You Anyway? 12.5 Strategies for a Happy Marriage and is featured in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul.

Anthony Battaglia, MS, RN, President at Pocket Nurse
The company carries over 8,500 products including Pocket Nurse® brand products, Demo Dose®, Student Health Totes and Sim EMR® and the Pocket Nurse® brand of medical supplies for education and simulation.

Faye Battiste-Otto, RN, founder and president, American Forensic Nurses, and owner, Chateau Battiste, an assisted living facility
American Forensic Nurses provides medical forensic services to law enforcement agencies and disseminates forensic information and education resources to those interested and practicing in the field of forensic sciences.

Marlyn Duncan Boyd, RN, Ph.D., artist
Boyd paints portraits of nurses’ caps as a way to record these symbols of nursing.

Lorie Brown, R.N., M.N., J.D.
Lorie formed Empowered Nurses to help nurses protect their licenses, so they can do their jobs with confidence, focus on serving their patients, and regain the joy in the profession they love.

Tim Bristol, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF
NurseTim provides training and consulting for administrators, trainers, faculty, and other instructional specialists. Specific services can include faculty development, accreditation support, strategic planning, research, and event planning.

Teri Bunker, FNP, MS
Bunker founded Bridge City Family Medical Clinic, Portland, OR, in 2003

Carol Bush, RN, MS, BS 
Carol is Content Strategist, Writing Coach and Owner of The Social Nurse, a marketing consultancy for healthcare related small businesses.

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE, humorist and speaker 
Buxman is an internationally recognized expert in applied and therapeutic humor and is a publisher of the Journal of Nursing Jocularity.

Senen Calbalfin, RN, MSN, CNOR
As an Executive Care franchise owner, her company provides friendly and compassionate caregivers to help clients stay in their own homes by promoting independent living to its fullest.

Candace Campbell, DNPc, MSN-HCSM, RN, CNL
Florence Nightingale impersonator and producer of an award-winning documentary, Micropremature Babies: How Low Can You Go? Candace Campbell is an award-winning actor and filmmaker, author, educator, and she has been featured on the air and in print in over 1000 media outlets worldwide.

Donna Wilk Cardillo RN, MA, CSP, FAAN President,
Cardillo is “The Inspiration Nurse.” She is a transformational keynote speaker, retreat leader, author, columnist, and blogger. Her books include: Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to be Falling Apart, Your 1st Year as a Nurse,  The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses, and A Daybook for Beginning Nurses. She is the original Dear Donna columnist at and blogs at Donna is the creator of the trademarked Career Alternatives for Nurses® seminar and home-study program.

Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC Nurse Keith Coaching
Keith is a board-certified nurse coach. He offers personalized, professional and confidential coaching for nurses who want to live more fulfilling, happy, healthy and balanced lives.

Janet Celli, RN, and Susan Whitney, RN, co-owners of CPR Associates of America
Celli and Whitney sell automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and train and certify individuals and organizations in their use.

V. Yvette Cheeks RN, BSN
V. Yvette Cheeks RN, BSN, is the owner of Professional Healthcare Education Service, Inc., a nursing continuing education company.

Kathy Clark, RN, BSN, Transformation Empowerment Coach at KathyClarkRN
As a Transformation Empowerment Coach and RN, Kathy will help you find the Rx for your soul so you can trust your own intuition when it comes to your happiness and health.

Nancy Clover, RN, AD, president and owner of Occupation Health Connections
Clover’s company provides temporary and contract placement of nurses and nurse practitioners in occupational health and related settings and permanent placement and other staffing services on a national basis.

Robin Cogan MEd, RN, NCSN
Robin is a Nationally Certified School Nurse, completing her 17th year in the Camden City School District. Robin holds leadership positions on the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Executive Board as well as with the NJ Department of Education Preschool Nurse Advisory Board.

Amy Cowperthwait, MSN, APRN
Amy is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Avkin, a company that designs and sells wearable technology for patient-centered simulation.

Terry Cralle, RN, MS
Terry is a credentialed and experienced clinical sleep educator and has devoted much of her career to sleep health and wellness

Scott DeBoer, RN, MSN, CEN, CCRN, CFRN, EMT-P Owner Peds-R-Us Medical Education
Peds-R-Us is a worldwide pediatric seminar company.

Trish DeTura, RN, CNM, MS, owner, Women’s Holistic Healing
DeTura, a certified nurse midwife, performs and teaches the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage as well as infant massage.

Kathy Dempsey, RN, president of Keep Shedding
Dempsey is a speaker, writer, and facilitator on issues of change, organizational development, and strategic planning.

Trish Detura, Certified Nurse Midwife, Women’s Holistic Healing
Bridging the divide between modern medicine and holistic therapies, Trisha’s research and studies in natural womens health span the last 15 years.

Mary Doherty, RN-MSN, co-founder of Jean’s Angels, LLC
Jean’s Angels primary goal is to assist clients in navigating through a complex the healthcare system.

Suzanne Drake, APN-C, PhD
Drake is a professional psychotherapist who deals with the problems of individuals, couples, and families.

Lynn Durham, RN
Lynn Durham, RN is a well-being coach, writer, and speaker.

Margaret A. Fitzgerald, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, CSP, founder of Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc.
Provider of nurse practitioner certification preparation and continuing education for healthcare providers.

Eva M Francis, RN, MSN, CCRN, Founder and CEO of Brilliant Training & Consulting, Inc.
Brilliant Training & Consulting, Inc. is a training, leadership and consulting company.  Their mission is to Train, Equip, & Empower healthcare professionals to raise the bar in Healthcare and patient care.

Deb Gauldin, RN
Gauldin is a speaker, humorist, musician, and author.

Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN 
Through personal experience and research, Nadine was able to take a life-altering situation and share her knowledge with other sufferers. 10 years ago she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and her life changed forever.

Jamie Hamm, RN, BSN, VA-BC, owner of Vascular Access Plus, LLC
Specializing in inserting ultrasound guided PICC lines with ECG tip confirmation and education for the care and maintenance of those lines.

Marti Hand, RN, visual artist
Hand is an advocate for integrating creativity and the arts into healthcare.

Joyce Harrell, Nurse and Wellness Coach
Joyce Harrell Wellness is about her journey, being an overcomer, and learning what it is to follow your dream.

Beth Hawkes, MSN, RN-BC
Hawkes is a career columnist, writer, speaker, and acute care staff development educator.

Echo Heron, RN
Heron is a speaker and a New York Times bestselling author of eight books.

Jenny Herrick, RN, owner, All Kidding Aside,  a speaking and training business
Herrick brings laughter and levity to her audiences while she addresses subjects like attitude, humor, joy on the job, and the value and importance of laughter.

Vicki Hess, RN, owner of Catalyst Consulting, LLC
As a speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant, Hess helps individuals and organizations to create a shift in viewpoint that results in sensational service to co-workers, customers, and themselves.

Wendie A. Howland, RN, MN, CRRN, CCM, CNLCP, principal, Howland Health Consulting, Inc.
Howland provides professional life care planning and medical cost projection services for medical/legal cases.

Rebecca Hulem, RN, RNP, CNM, Menopause Expert
Hulem, author of Feelin’ Hot? A Humorous and Informative Guide to Menopause, is a Menopause Coach, providing coaching advice for women having difficulty with menopause symptoms.

Patricia Iyer, RN, MS, LNCC, president of The Pat Iyer Group,,,,
Pat is a thought leader within the legal nurse consulting community. A past president of the American Association of Legal Nurse consultants, Pat coaches legal nurse consultants so that they make more money, get more clients and avoid expensive mistakes. Additionally, she works with authors to share their expertise in books. Pat is a ghostwriter and developmental editor.

Louise Jakubik, Ph.D., RN-BC, CSP, President & Chief Learning Officer of  NurseBuilders
Nurse Builders is a pediatric nursing education company dedicated to advancing pediatric nursing education, practice, and research. We are an academic, learning-oriented company dedicated to meeting the individual and organization needs of its clients.

Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN, CEO of The Nurse Speak
Damion is the owner and operator of The Nurse Speak and has a real passion for nursing education! Damion has been teaching nursing related courses for over six years and has more than 20 years of leadership and mentoring experience.

RNs Tim and Carin Johnson, founders, Falcon Critical Care Transport
FCCT provides transportation of critically ill patients in a safe mobile environment.

Randy Keirn, MPA, EFO, BSN, RN EMT-P
Randy Keirn is a Training Professional and Leadership Expert with more than 25 years of experience in Fire Services. As an accomplished Chief Officer, Instructor, and Community Educator, Randy has dedicated his life to instilling leadership in every professional and personal capacity.

LeaRae Keyes, RN, executive director, Nurse Entrepreneur Network
Nurse Entrepreneur Network offers solutions for starting, building, and managing a nursing business.

Charna Kinneberg, RN, MBA, Owner at Senior Transitions Inc.
The mission of Senior Transitions is to decrease the stress involved in relocating senior citizens, especially when having to downsize.

Rita Kluny, Founder Healing Touch for Babies
Rita introduces the Principles of Infant Compassionate Care and helps nurses, etc, understand babies at a deeper level, and accelerate their recovery process.

Donna Krasowski, RN, BScN, MN, president of Continuing Competence for Canadian Nurses
Krasowski is committed to educating nurses about bullying in the workplace.

Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, NP, founder of Nola the Nurse NEW!
Dr. Lawson-Baker was inspired to make house calls while caring for her grandmother, who was ill and needed an in-home physician. She serves a large geriatric population in the comfort of their private homes, group homes, or assisted living facilities.

Fran Lessans, RN, MS, founder and CEO of Passport Health USA
Lessans owns a chain of immunization centers with franchises all over the United States; each office provides comprehensive travel counseling and inoculations to business and leisure travelers, foreign exchange students, missionaries, adoption agencies specializing in overseas adoptions, and others.

Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN, Owner of Nurse Advocate
Anne is the founder of Nurse Advocate, a website and blog that provides information for patients, families and healthcare professionals to understand how to navigate today’s complex and often scary healthcare system.

Cathy Lonas, RN, BSN, MSBA Owner of Advocate 360 Geriatric Care Management
Cathy is a geriatric care manager who has served seniors and their families since 1988. As a registered nurse with a background in gerontology, she acts as a liaison between healthcare professionals and families.

Mary LoVerde, RN Life Balance Expert
Mary LoVerde, RN, is a life balance expert. LoVerde has a passion for finding creative ways to live a joyful and successful life.

Sue Masoorli, RN, owner of Perivascular Nurse Consultants, Inc.
Masoorli’s company provides infusion therapy education, training, and certification to nurses.

Ericka McCarron, RN, owner of About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC
Ericka is a consultant for Allergen, Inc., training physicians and mid-level providers on the technique and application of Botox®, Juvéderm®, Juvéderm Voluma®, and Latisse®.

Suzanne McMurray, RN, MA, ITHC, RMT, President of The Center for Conscious Caregiving
Suzanne McMurray, MA, RN, ITHC, RMT is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience in conventional and holistic health methodologies. Her team of conscious caregivers utilizes a unique Radical Self Care Planning Process and a variety of energy-based Self Care Practices to coach individuals to begin to truly care for and value themselves.

Catherine Mullahy, RN, BS, CRRN, CCM, owner of Mullahy and Associates, LLC
Mullahy and Associates, LLC, provides educational assistance to case managers.

Susan Odegaard Turner, Ph.D., RN 
CEO & Founder of Turner Healthcare Associates, Inc
Dr. Turner provides many healthcare consulting services including transition and healthcare management in correctional health, nursing workforce strategic planning, group facilitation, and healthcare career coaching, executive coaching and more.
Meaghan O’Keefe, RN, BSN
Meaghan is a writer and registered nurse specializing in healthcare communications. Services she offers include blogging, newsletters, brochures, website content, press releases, and much, much more.
Lisbeth Overton, RN Creator of Healthy Nurse by Design
Healthy Nurse by Design is a coaching-based business which provides a safe place for nurses to voice their struggles as nurses and empower them to create the healthy change that they want to see in their lives.
Kathleen D. Pagana, RN, Ph.D., owner of Pagana Seminars and Presentations.
Pagana is the coauthor of Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference, which is the number one best-selling book on the subject as well as many other publications. She also speaks on leadership, etiquette, life balance, communication skills, and more.

Sasha Parker, RN, president and founder of Esthetic Skin Institute, Inc.
Parker holds training and certification programs across the U.S. to teach nurses how to perform medical aesthetics procedures and how to set up their own practices.

Michelle Podlesni, RN, president of the National Nurses in
Business Association, Inc.
NNBA is the professional organization for nurse entrepreneurs. The  #1 Resource for Nurses in Business Since 1985.

Phyllis Quinlan, RN-Bc, Ph.D., LNC, CEN, CCRN, Founder, MFW Consultants to Professionals
MFW offers its diverse client groups services in Legal Nurse Consulting, Personal Coaching, and Energetic Healing/Complimentary Therapy.

Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, President of Stress Resources
Pamela provides stress management and holistic healthcare consultation, program development, and implementation to healthcare providers, schools, businesses and the general public.

Keith Rischer, RN, MA, CEN, CCRN
Keith continues to serve and care for patients in clinical practice and teach others through the use of his clinical reasoning resources and case studies on his website.

Karen Roush, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Roush brings extensive experience as a writer, teacher, and nurse to The Scholar’s Voice.

Shari Sandifer, RN, MBA, president and owner of Avant Healthcare Professionals
Avant recruits nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists from overseas places them in long-term contracts in the U.S. and offers training and support to recruits.

Elizabeth Scala, RN, MSN/MBA, Owner of Living Sublime Wellness
Wellness coach Scala is passionate about helping healthcare professionals to embody holistic living and embrace self-care.

Diane Sieg, RN, CYT, CSP
Sieg is a speaker, author, certified yoga teacher, and life coach.

Priscilla Smith-Trudeau, RN, principle in Wealth in Diversity Consulting Group, Inc.
Smith-Trudeau is an author and one of the healthcare industries top organizational development and cultural diversity consultants.

Stephanie Staples, LPN, inspirational keynote speaker
Staples is the founder and owner of speaking/coaching company Your Life, Unlimited.

ChrysMarie Suby, RN, MS owner of Labor Management Institute
LMI is a research, education, and consulting company specializing in clinical operations, optimizing scheduling and staffing, and productivity management.

Eleanor Sullivan, RN, Ph.D., author, and speaker
Sullivan writes mystery novels that feature nurse sleuth Monica Everheart.

Colleen Sweeney, RN, BS, Founder
The Patient Empathy Project made her the nation’s thought leader in truly patient-centered care.

Anne Taylor, RN BSN
Anne is the founder of Scandic Health. She was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark and has earned a Registered Nursing (RN) degree and a BSN from Copenhagen Nursing School.

Annette Tersigni, RN, the Yoga Nurse®
This stress management expert is the founder of Yoga Nurse Medical Yoga and Stress Management® and the creator of the new field of Yoga Nursing® and the Yoga Nursing Institute®.

LeAnn Thieman, LPN, author and speaker
Thieman travels the world speaking to nurses and caregivers and inspiring them to care for themselves as attentively as they do others. Additionally, she helps healthcare facilities with the recruitment and retention of nurses.

Jill Thomas RN, LNHA, CWCN, owner of Advance Care Plan and Clinical Compliance Concept
Thomas’ companies help individuals create their own “advanced care plans” and provide a variety of consulting services to long-term care facilities respectively.

Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, RN, Ph.D., owner,
Educational Enterprises, an education, consulting, and seminar company
Vonfrolio, who published Revolution, The Journal of Nurse Empowerment, provides programs (including nursing education vacations) on subjects related to emergency and critical care nursing, including CEN and CCRN review courses.

Penny Warner, RN, BSN, owner, The Texas Lice Squad™
Peggy runs a professional head lice removal treatment center that offers head checks, lice education, and head lice and nit removal services.

Karon White Gibson RN, CCM, owner, AmericaNurse
In addition to owning AmericaNurse, a consulting, education, and TV production company, Gibson hosts her own TV show, “Outspoken with Karon,” which deals with diverse topics, such as health, safety, adoption, and herbal remedies.

Tracey Christenson Wolfman, RNC, BSN, co-owner of We Care Adult Care, Inc.
We Care provides adult daycare, which is an alternative to long-term care facility placement; it also provides relief to caregivers who are caring for loved ones at home.

Donald Wood, ARNP, CRNA, author of The Intelligent Nurse and The Intelligent Nurse seminars
The Intelligent Nurse seminars/book focus on communications, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Shushanne Wynter-Minott, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, owner of SFL Home Primary Care
SFL Home Primary Care are Experts in House Calls.  Why a housecall visit?  Housecall is the delivery of healthcare services directly to you in the comfort of your own home, office, or hotel. It provides personalized and patient focus care without the hassle of traveling or leaving your home.

Doris Young, RN, Ph.D., founder, Doris Young Associates, and owner, Natural Health Resources
Young, the owner of a corporate wellness firm, specializes in coaching nurses and nurse leaders to have less stress, more energy, and greater fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

Sharon Zelinko, RN
Zelinko is the designer of Gripsors brand medical bandage scissors.