Nurse Entrepreneurship: A Option For The Aging Nurse

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions (2013) “… about one-third of the nursing workforce is older than 50”.

So, as the need for nurses increase, a large portion of the nursing workforce will be retiring or seeking jobs away from the bedside. Reasons for aging nurses to leave the bedside vary.

Often cited reasons for leaving bedside nursing include; caregiver fatigue, the changing healthcare environment, and physical demands.

There are a limited number of non-clinical nursing jobs available in the traditional work setting. However, there are many options for the aging nurse (or any experienced nurse) to design the nursing job of their dreams as a nurse entrepreneur.

While nurse entrepreneurship is not for everyone, there are opportunities that were not present a decade ago. Nurses starting their own nursing business may need to seek additional certification depending on the type of business they would like to start.

Nurse Entrepreneurship 

Some nurses develop an exit strategy from traditional hospital employment by changing roles from bedside nursing to a non-clinical area.

After obtaining experience, they leverage it to start their own nurse business. Here are three options for experienced nurses that are willing to obtain additional education or certifications.

Life Care Planner

A Life Care Planner is part of a legal team that represents patients who have experienced catastrophic loss, injury, or chronic illness. They develop long term plans concerning the individual’s healthcare needs and the costs associated with living.

In order to become a Certified Life Care Planner , you need to be a RN with five years of nursing experience and two years of paid life planning experience.

Nurse Planner

A Nurse Planner is responsible for the educational planning and evaluation of continuing education courses. They also perform other duties such as record keeping. Most states require a Nurse Planner to be involved for continuing education courses.

This role requires a RN with a BSN being strongly preferred. Additionally, experience in adult learning theory and education is expected. This job is especially well suited for nurse educators.

Legal Nurse Consultant

Legal Nurse Consultants leverage their education and clinical nursing experience to work as consultants for attorneys in cases where medical knowledge is needed. They give advice and interpret medical records according to their specialty.

Also, they may consult with other entities involved in the healthcare industry.  At minimum a RN is required. You would also need five years of nursing experience and two years of legal consulting in order to become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. 

What are the nurse entrepreneurship options that don’t require additional education?

Sorry. They don’t exist. There are nurse business options that don’t require certification. However, when you pursue nurse entrepreneurship, it is the same commitment to continuing education as you made when you became a nurse.

As a nurse in business the education you need will have a different focus, but continuing business and marketing education is not optional. Know that your “education” can be obtained from self study courses, conferences, or business seminars. Usually, you do not need to obtain your education from a university.

Are you wondering about nurse business options that don’t require certification?

What nurse business would you like to launch? Feel free to leave a comment. 


Reference: The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education

Learn more about career role changes and the aging nurse on International Nurses Support.