Michelle Podlesni

Businesswoman • Author • Speaker • Consultant

Empowering Nurses Through Entrepreneurship

Michelle Podlesni, RN, CEO

President of the National Nurses in Business Association
Founder of UNconventional Nurse®
CEO and President of Bloom Service Group, LLC.

Do You Have Your Plan B?

Discover how your critical thinking skills and diverse experiences as a nurse translate into high-demand professions and emerging business opportunities. Accomplished businesswoman, serial entrepreneur, and author of UNconventional Nurse: Going From Burnout to Bliss!® shares with nurses how to transform your career to take it to the next level. Michelle will help you realize your ability to make an impact both personally and professionally, leveraging existing skills into new, flexible and profitable ventures.

Presentations, Workshops, and Seminars

Michelle will customize her presentations to meet the goals and needs of your group!

Why Do Nurses Need a Plan B?

Because Plan A is no longer working or doesn’t serve the person you have become. That is Michelle’s mission: to share with nurses that your current role is only what you are doing now — you have the education and experience to do so much more! Economic, legislative and technological changes are drastically impacting the largest group of healthcare providers: nurses. Michelle provides nurses strategies, tactics and examples to protect the longevity of your nursing career. Planning for your future should include a backup plan. Business planning strategies—that is Michelle’s forte.

Michelle’s most requested topics and action-oriented workshops:

  • Nurse Entrepreneurship’s Role in Today’s Healthcare Environment: Why Nurses Need a Plan B™:
  • From Burnout to Bliss! Essential Business Strategies for Today’s Successful Nurse™
  • RN Business Boot Camp™
  • Smarter Healthcare Spending: In Search of an Accurate Medical Bill
  • My Clients My Teachers: Recipe for Senior Care Business Success™

Best Fit Audiences:
Nurse Leaders, Managers, Student Nurses, Nurse Educators, Nurse Clinicians, Nurses Transitioning to Encore Careers and Entrepreneurs

Michelle PodlesniMichelle’s Message for Today’s Nurses…
“Now more than ever, nurses need to protect the longevity and financial future of their careers. With the upheaval changes in our healthcare delivery system, it is essential that nurses diversify their knowledge to incorporate sound business practice knowledge.  Also, half of the nurse workforce is over the age of forty-five.  Health systems are slow to design career paths with expanded roles for nurses and slow to recognize the immense cache of their knowledge and experience.  As the multi-generational nurse workforce reflects on the intent to stay in an conventional setting, consideration must be given to transitioning from employee to entrepreneur.”
—Michelle Podlesni

Michelle’s presentations and workshops bring three decades of real-life experiences, from the bedside to the boardroom and beyond, sharing how to transition nursing knowledge and expertise into a variety of non-traditional opportunities.  Michelle helps nurses imagine, plan, and embrace your next professional venture!

Meet Michelle Podlesni…

Michelle is a USN Veteran, RN of over 30 years, and former corporate executive whose clinical and entrepreneurial background led to a career in healthcare information technology, medical cost-containment and software development. Michelle brought her service orientation, enthusiasm and diverse expertise to the corporate environment in roles from product development to C-level executive management positions. With a proven track record in the corporate setting of leading start-up companies to financial success, as well as their subsequent mergers and acquisitions, Michelle has directly managed the strategic, sales, operational and technical areas of start-up and emerging multi-million dollar companies serving Fortune 500 clients.

Michelle has been coaching managers, executives and nurses for the past 20 years and knows the ability to smartly strategize career advancement success is crucial for any individual. Her true passion for mentoring and helping others succeed in business has made her a sought after speaker, instructor, and business advisor, and fueled her Amazon #1 best-selling book UNconventional Nurse: Going From Burnout to Bliss!®  In her current role as President of the National Nurses in Business Association, Michelle speaks nationally on Nurse Entrepreneurship.  The NNBA provides nurses with the knowledge and tools to meet goals and connects nurses to an extensive network of colleagues and resources helping navigate the journey to entrepreneurial success.  Since 1985, the NNBA has collectively served as the Voice of Nurse Entrepreneurship

“Once upon a time, changing careers for Baby  Boomers was done at-will and not out of necessity…Reinventing one’s career is daunting and risky. Michelle’s workshops help guide many of us navigating our next career phase to a successful endeavor.”
Christina Preisig, BSN, MBA, CEO

“Unconventional Nurse is for anyone who wants to advance their career in a creative ‘out of the box’ way and is looking for sound advice in moving forward!  Michelle equips and empowers others to move forward practically in the direction in their dreams, giving them skills that will help them along their journey toward greater success.”
Sharon McClellan, BSN, MSN, FNP

“I have often wondered “Who cares for the caregivers?” Michelle Podlesni does. She is a passionate advocate for nurses, infusing her presentations with helpful information that will encourage and empower nurses to acknowledge their strengths and expand their dreams. Hearing Michelle is a must as you decide how you want to celebrate the rest of your life”
Barry Spilchuk, Author-The Cancer Dance & Coauthor, A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul®

Business Coaching with Michelle Podlesni

“I Help Nurse Entrepreneurs Create Additional Income and Build Rewarding, Thriving and Profitable Businesses”

UNconventional Nurse® Business Coaching provides expert business coaching and training. Founder, Michelle Podlesni is the leading authority on Nurse Entrepreneurship and a business expert for nurses in transition. She is the bestselling author of “UNconventional Nurse: Going from Burnout to Bliss!” and Michelle’s workshops and coaching are designed to teach nurses pivotal business skills that will accelerate, increase and maximize small business owner success!

A Navy Veteran and RN over 30 years, Michelle dealt with her own feelings of burnout by leveraging her hospital based clinical nursing experience into non-traditional settings and ended up running multi-million dollar software and service companies. Michelle left the corporate world and became a first time mom in what she calls her North Forty and then became a serial entrepreneur and small business owner. Long being recognized as a visionary leader and a people developer, Michelle now helps nurses develop the mindset, strategy and skill sets to create a life of their dreams.

Wouldn’t you love to experience success doing what you love to do? If you want more flexibility, freedom and control over your financial destiny, I want to assure you that you can do this. If you want to: start a business, grow more profitable and achieve a higher level of success, then let’s start working together.

Michelle has three coaching options, Business Start, Business Growth and Custom Business Coaching.  To schedule a discovery call, CLICK HERE.


You have no idea the new mindset you have given me; I am brimming with thoughts now! You are very good at what you do and very motivational. Thank you for encouraging me to develop a side line business, I already have 3 bookings! Wow! Thank you immensely! – Nancy J. RN, MS, APRN-CNS, ACHPN

UNconventional Nurse is for anyone who wants to advance their career in a creative “out of the box” way and is looking for sound advice in moving forward”! Michelle equips and empowers others to move forward practically in the direction of their dreams, giving them skills that will help them along their journey toward greater success. – Sharon M. BSN, MSN, FNP

Michelle was fantastic to work with. She provided me resources, advice and practical ways to think about my vision and strategy. I valued Michelle’s experience both as an author and speaker and she was able to guide me in the right direction to help me get started. I would highly recommend the UNconventional Nurse! – Shawn A. Ed.D., M.B.A.

I met Michelle while being interviewed for a project management position for her company. I greatly respect her passion to help people grow and challenge themselves, as I am one of those individuals who benefited from her influence. During those years I have watched Michelle work with Fortune 500 clients, oversee operations and grow companies to success. She knows how to get the best out of people, while staying real to herself and to her passions–nursing, cooking and business! An UNconventional Nurse, you bet! – Diane A. MBA,CEO Core Performance Concepts