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 The People Pro, Owner 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 Pocket Nurse, President 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 American Forensic Nurses, Founder and President Chateau Battiste, Owner 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.

Lorie Brown RN MN JD Empowered Nurses 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 PhD RN CNE ANEF NurseTim 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 Bridge City Family Medical Clinic, Founder Bunker founded Bridge City Family Medical Clinic, Portland, OR, in 2003

Carol Bush RN MS BS The Social Nurse, Owner 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 Executive Care, Franchise Owner 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 Cardillo RN MA CSP FAAN The Inspiration Nurse 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 CPR Associates of America, Co-Owner Celli and Susan 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.

Tracey Christenson Wolfman RNC BSN We Care Adult Care, Inc., Co-Owner 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.

Kathy Clark RN BSN KathyClarkRN, Transformation Empowerment Coach 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 Occupation Health Connections, President and Owner 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 Avkin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer 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 Peds-R-Us Medical Education, Owner Peds-R-Us is a worldwide pediatric seminar company.

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

Trish Detura Women’s Holistic Healing, Certified Nurse Midwife 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 Jean’s Angels, LLC, Co-Founder 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.

Marlyn Duncan Boyd RN PhD Fine Art America, Artist Boyd paints portraits of nurses’ caps as a way to record these symbols of nursing.

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

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

Eva M. Francis RN MSN CCRN Brilliant Training & Consulting, Inc., Founder and CEO 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.

Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio RN PhD Educational Enterprises, Owner 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.

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 Vascular Access Plus, LLC, Owner 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 All Kidding Aside, Owner 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 Catalyst Consulting, LLC, Owner 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 Howland Health Consulting, Inc., Principal Howland provides professional life care planning and medical cost projection services for medical/legal cases.

Rebecca Hulem RN RNP CNM The 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 The Pat Iyer Group, President,,,, 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 PhD RN-BC CSP NurseBuilders, President & Chief Learning Officer 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 The Nurse Speak, Owner and CEO 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.

Tim and Carin Johnson, RNs Falcon Critical Care Transport, Founders FCCT provides the 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 Nurse Entrepreneur Network, Executive Director Nurse Entrepreneur Network offers solutions for starting, building, and managing a nursing business.

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

Rita Kluny Healing Touch for Babies, Founder 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 Continuing Competence for Canadian Nurses, President Krasowski is committed to educating nurses about bullying in the workplace.

Scharmaine Lawson-Baker NP Nola the Nurse, Founder 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 Passport Health USA, Founder and CEO 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 Nurse Advocate, Founder 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 Advocate 360 Geriatric Care Management, Owner 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 Perivascular Nurse Consultants, Inc., Owner Masoorli’s company provides infusion therapy education, training, and certification to nurses. Ericka McCarron RN About Face Medical Aesthetics, PLLC, Owner 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 The Center for Conscious Caregiving, President 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 Mullahy and Associates, LLC, Owner Mullahy and Associates, LLC, provides educational assistance to case managers.

Susan Odegaard Turner PhD RN Turner Healthcare Associates, Inc., CEO & Founder 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 Healthy Nurse by Design, Creator 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 PhD Pagana Seminars and Presentations, Owner 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 Esthetic Skin Institute, Inc., President and Founder 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 National Nurses in Business Association, Inc., President and Founder NNBA is the professional organization for nurse entrepreneurs. The  #1 Resource for Nurses in Business Since 1985.

Phyllis Quinlan RN-Bc PhD LNC CEN CCRN MFW Consultants to Professionals, Founder 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 Stress Resources, President 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 Avant Healthcare Professionals, Owner and President 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 Living Sublime Wellness, Owner 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 Wealth in Diversity Consulting Group, Inc., Principle Smith-Trudeau is an author and one of the healthcare industries top organizational development and cultural diversity consultants.

Stephanie Staples LPN Your Life, Unlimited, Founder and Owner Staples is the founder and owner of speaking/coaching company Your Life, Unlimited.

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

Eleanor Sullivan RN PhD Author and Speaker Sullivan writes mystery novels that feature nurse sleuth Monica Everheart.

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

Anne Taylor RN BSN Scandic Health, Founder 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®, Founder 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.

Penny Warner RN BSN The Texas Lice Squad™, Owner 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 AmericaNurse, Owner 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.

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

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.

Doris Young RN PhD Doris Young Associates, Founder Natural Health Resources, Owner 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 Gripsors, LLC, Owner Zelinko is the designer of Gripsors brand medical bandage scissors.