What is The Registered Nurse Innovators, Influencers, & Entrepreneurs Network?
The RNiie Network, also known simply as “RNiie” (pronounced, “Arnie”), is a professional network of business-minded nurses. But RNiie is unlike any other professional association or organization you’ve ever belonged to while practicing in traditional nursing roles! We’ve adopted an open, sharing, and participatory model of membership.
Who founded The RNiie Network?
RNiie was founded by Christy Hendricks, RN and former NICU nurse. After suffering burnout from years of night shifts, high acuity patients, and administrative burden, Christy wandered down nursing paths that ranged from boring, brain-wasting reprieves, to intolerable work environments. A few positions offered hope and enjoyment, but only to be short-lived due to the loss of grant funding in one case, and an interstate move in another.
Propelled by an entrepreneurial spirit existing since childhood, Christy combined her love of teaching with her desire to help nurses like herself find other ways to be a nurse. She founded her brand, Change of Shift, to offer inspiration and education for nurses searching for more.
It was in brainstorming how she could better assist these business-minded nurses, that Christy conceived of a network that would allow them greater opportunities to learn, network, grow businesses, and collaborate with others. The child of that brainstorming session would come to be known as The RNiie Network.
Who are RNiie’s members?
Members of The RNiie Network are nurses, both registered and LVN’s/LPN’s, who either dream of starting their own business or already have. Some innovate or invent, others are speakers, bloggers, and teachers, while others offer a service, either online or of the brick and mortar variety. They are all at various stages in their entrepreneurial journey:
These are the nurses who have some itch or calling to create. They dream of a more user-friendly device, better way to get the job done, a more efficient process, or a service that helps others. Oh, they may still be working in clinical environments, but don’t be mistaken: they’re up late at night, taking notes, watching videos, reading books and forums, and listening to podcasts, all in the hopes of finding their “ah-ha!” niche and product.
The Dreamer nurse entrepreneur seeks information, inspiration, and mentoring for help to narrow down and test all the great ideas in her head. She’s hungry to learn all she can about starting a business!
This is the nurse in the early stages of business development; usually about 1-3 years into the process. The novice nurse entrepreneur has a defined niche and a validated audience, and product/service. This nurse has a website up, some email subscribers, and maybe even a few customers or clients. Building is the primary focus for the beginner nurse entrepreneur: building a website, a list, a product, and a customer base.
The Builder seeks education and resources needed to build the foundations of her business. She also needs reassurance that she’s “doing it right,” as the beginning stages can feel as though the message can’t get beyond the doorstep and customers will never come knocking. Trial and error are frequent companions of the Builder nurse entrepreneur.
The Grower nurse entrepreneur is pretty savvy by now, when it comes to their website, email and social media marketing, lead generation, and in the use of software needed to run the business. The challenge for the Grower is the ability to efficiently run all the moving parts of a growing business. Delegating tasks and hiring out jobs have become a necessity for business survival and personal sanity. This entrepreneur is poised to grow as soon as a well-oiled team and processes are built. Automation is key.
The Grower nurse entrepreneur also seeks education and resources, but has a growing need to build a more targeted network around her. She may be looking at passive income and collaborative opportunities. A business partner might be a consideration.
The Climber nurse entrepreneur has been around the block enough times to have won some and lost some. This nurse entrepreneur stays current on trends within the industry and works hard to ensure the business not only keeps up, but blazes a trail. Business growth is essential to survival. New and innovative products are explored and implemented. Setbacks won’t deter this entrepreneur; she’s seen them before.
Quality networking and collaborations continue to be important. High-level brainstorming, such as Masterminds, help this nurse entrepreneur to step out of the familiar and into seeing opportunities with different eyes. More in-depth education, especially in the legal and financial aspects of business are advised, even if the business has an attorney and accountant. This entrepreneur may also seek out education related to new avenues the business is pursuing. Some Climbers enjoy mentoring nurses new to business.
How does The RNiie Network serve its members?
RNiie is a resource-rich environment, which you’ll notice when you first login as a member.
The network offers education in business and digital topics via our online school, the Nursing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy.
Face-to-face networking in our online meeting room gives members the chance to socialize, learn, and to support one another.
We invite you to become an RNiie member. Why not join today?