NNBA 2022 Conference Agenda

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NNBA 2022 Annual Conference Information

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Conference Description

Nurse Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Nurse Entrepreneurs, and Business-Minded Nurses are gathering on Thursday, July 21st through Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada for NNBA’s Nurse Entrepreneurship and Career Alternatives Conference. This conference is designed for those nurses that are exploring the idea of starting a business, those already in business and nurses looking for non-traditional career options. With a proven track record of success, this conference delivers valuable business information customized for nurses, insight into healthcare industry trends, mentoring, and continued education in your professional growth and career development.

Nationally acclaimed nurse entrepreneurs and business leaders will provide nurses with the information, tools, and resources necessary to start your business or make your current business even more successful. In addition, there are four pre-conference workshops to provide you in-depth specialty knowledge, best practices and hundreds of ideas and tips, whether you are a novice or a seasoned business owner. It is a full agenda with presentations, interactive sessions, and powerful networking time. You will have plenty of opportunities with your colleagues to share innovative ideas and strategies, have discussions and explore potential collaborations, and simply enjoy the company of so many creative and like-minded nurses.

Who Should Attend

  • Nurses new to the idea of being an independent nurse or nurse entrepreneur
  • Self-employed nurses and nurse business owners in the startup and growth mode
  • Nurses interested in learning business skills and strategies to advance their careers
  • Nurse entrepreneurs already in business looking for additional revenue streams
  • Nurses interested in meeting like-minded colleagues and extending their network

Compelling content, how-to’s and actionable take-aways

  • Opportunities for developing nurse-owned healthcare businesses
  • Information on how to successfully transition to nurse entrepreneurship
  • Business planning and tools to start and operate your business
  • How to market your business, your products and yourself
  • The value of networking and building a business
  • Opportunities as an author, speaker, social media influencer, encore entrepreneur and more!

NNBA Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives Conference is an educational and professional development event.  There are 15 eligible contact hours. Contact hours for the Conference are provided by Nurse Builders, a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #15118).


Throughout the conference a truly unique group of companies and organizations, many owned by nurses, will be exhibiting the latest in equipment, supplies and services along with educational programs and alternative career options. This will be your chance to closely examine the merit of a wide variety of products and services on a individual basis.

COVID Safety Information:

The health and safety of all attendees to the NNBA 2022 Conference remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring government mandates and policy changes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Nevada state law. As information pertaining to the virus continues to develop, we will adjust our approach as needed and keep you up to date with new developments to ensure a coordinated effort and a safe environment for all NNBA Conference attendees.


Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Pre-conferences
Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Meet and Greet Reception
Friday, July 22, 2022 – Main Conference
Saturday, July 23, 2022 – Main Conference


South Point Hotel, Casino and Resort
9777 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89183
Hotel (702) 796-7111
Reservations (866) 791-7626
NAPA Rooms in Conference area
On-line Video Tour

On-line Hotel Reservations:

We have negotiated an amazing group discount with South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. Save money by using NNBA’s group discount.  The cutoff date to receive the group discount for your room reservations is June 29th.  A dedicated webpage for the NNBA is available for attendees to book their hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made directly. If you are unable to book your reservation on-line, you may call the hotel directly. When making reservations, make sure you give the group code, “NAT0720”.

The Preconference Workshops and the Meet and Greet Reception are Thursday, July 21, 2022 and the Main Conference begins Friday July 22, 2022 and ends Saturday July 23, 2022. Discounted room rates are as follows:

  • Wednesday night (7/20/2022) only $65.00
  • Thursday night (7/21/2022) only $65.00
  • Friday night (7/22/2022) only $120.00
  • Saturday night (7/23/2022) only $120.00
  • Sunday night (7/24/2022) only $65.00

Since the conference space and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.

Conference Pricing:

Conference (Friday/Saturday) $389.00 Member’s
Conference (Friday/Saturday) $489.00 Non-Member’s
Pre-conferences (Each) $89.00 Member’s
Pre-conferences (Each) $119.00 Non-Member’s

Registration Times:

Wednesday, July 20th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday, July 21st from 7:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, July 21st from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday, July 22nd from 7:00am to 9:00am
Saturday, July 23rd from 7:00am to 8:30am

Sponsors of the NNBA 2022 Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference

Gold Sponsor

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NNBA 2022 Conference Agenda
NNBA 2022 Conference Agenda

Meet and Greet – Thursday, July 21, 2022

NNBA 2024 Meet and Greet Sponsorship

5:00pm – 7:00pm – Meet and Greet Reception
All registered conference attendees are welcome to attend. Your conference badge must be visible. Registration will be in front of the Napa Meeting Rooms.


Main Conference Agenda – Friday, July 22, 2022

7:00am – 8:30am – Registration Open

7:00am – 8:00am – Exhibitor Setup

7:30 – Conference Hall Open for Attendees

NAPA Rooms

8:30am – 8:45am – Welcome and Opening Remarks
This year’s conference emcee is Dr. Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CSP®, CEO & Founder of Healthy Workforce Institute®


Michelle Podlesni, RN, President, National Nurses in Business Association,
UNconventional Nurse®, CEO Bloom Service Group, LLC.

NNBA Conference Agenda

8:45am – 9:45am – Keynote Address: One Life Lost, Millions Gained: The Story of a Flight Nurse Turned MedAire CEO
Joan Sullivan Garrett, MedAire Founder and Chairman of the Board

If you haven’t heard of Joan Sullivan Garrett or MedAire, you are in for a ride! As a flight nurse, all Joan ever wanted to do is save lives. In 1984, the loss of a young patient in the remote mountains of Arizona compelled her to pioneer global telemedicine–quite a feat in those days.  Joan’s entrepreneurial story of what it took to build a multi-million dollar international company will inspire you to break boundaries and realize your dreams.

9:45am – 10:15am – Break – Book Signing – Visit Exhibitors – Networking

10:15am – 11:15am – Home Based Primary Care – Now More Than Ever
Dr. Nancy A. Hurlock, DNP, AGPCNP-BC

During the past year there has been an increased need to increase service options to our community. This presentation will outline not only the current trend, but the growth and entrepreneurial opportunity for nurses while meeting a growing need.

11:15am – 11:30am – Exhibitor Announcements

11:30am – 12:45pm – Lunch – Networking – Visit Exhibitors

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Go Live and Monetize Your Nursing Business
Stephanie Holvick, RN

Going Live on FB, LinkedIn, Instagram or YouTube is one of the most engaging ways to build your nursing business. We are natural educators and Going Live allows you to connect as a human with your audience. Getting your message out to the masses has not been easier and this presentation will show you how to get started today.

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Life Care Management Business: Finding Success While Helping Others
Shanna Huber, RN, BSN, MSN/Ed, CCM, CMC, CLCP, CNLCP & Jennifer Crowley, RN, BSN, CMC, CADDCT, CDP, CLCP

Life Care Management is a growing field where nurses can work for themselves and grow a successful business guiding seniors and those with special needs. Learn how to start a practice working for yourself or grow a practice where others work for you.

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Break – Visit Exhibitors – Networking

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Moving Beyond the Fear of Failure
Nena Marie Hart, RN, MSN, CHPN, RAC-CT, C-DONA

Sharing my story of being fired and not starting my own business for two years because of the fear of failure. Exploring fears and limiting beliefs, and providing methods to resolve them.

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Show Me the Money in Your Nurse Owned Business
Lorie A. Brown, RN, MN, JD

As nurses, we go to work and get a paycheck. Our clients are already there. Now, as business owners, we have to find our own clients and get our own paycheck. “Show me the money” will help you overcome the fears, beliefs and rules about money and how to charge what you are worth and make the sale.

5:00pm – 5:30pm – Visit Exhibitors – Networking

5:30pm –  On Your Own to Enjoy the Vegas Night Life

Main Conference Agenda – Saturday, July 23, 2022

7:30am – 8:30am – Registration Open – Visit Exhibitors

8:30am – 8:45am – Welcome Back
Michelle Podlesni, RN, President, National Nurses in Business Association, UNconventional Nurse®, CEO Bloom Service Group, LLC.

8:45am – 10:00am

2022 NNBA Survivor Game – Entrepreneur Edition

NNBA’s Entrepreneur Edition of the game Survivor is an interactive, fun, and illuminating event! Nurse teams will participate in out-thinking, out-performing, and seeing outside the box. Challenges and rewards awaits as nurses achieve the title of  Survivor in Today’s Healthcare Marketplace.

10:00am – 10:30am – Break and Networking

10:30am – 11:30am – Integrative Nurse Coaching: Emerging Trends
Karen Avino, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, SGAHN

The current healthcare environment (and pandemic) has created new awareness and opportunities for nurses interested in a holistic health and wellness focus. Reflect on new developments and opportunities in Integrative Nurse Coaching. Create the first step in a plan for living your passion both personally and professionally.

11:30am – 12:45pm – Lunch – Networking – Visit Exhibitors

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Develop a Successful Education and Consulting Business
Damion K. Jenkins, MSN, RN

The saying goes: “knowledge is power” – and in today’s ever-changing and challenging healthcare system, comprehensive and supportive education is vital to the survival and career success of healthcare providers – especially Nurses!

NNBA Conference Agenda

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Turn Your 60-Minute Presentation Into a 6 Figure Business
Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CSP®

Growing a successful business requires that entrepreneurs go beyond focusing on getting gig after gig. Successful business owners know that the key to a 6-figure business is to leverage their existing presentation by repurposing content into multiple products and service lines.

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Break – Visit Exhibitors – Networking

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Round Tables
Round Table #1 – Integrative Coaching – Karen Avino
Round Table #2 – Running Profitable Retreats – Donna Cardillo
Round Table #3 – 12 Revenue Streams to Diversity Your Income – Louise Jakubik
Round Table #4 – Podcasting Power – Keith Carlson
Round Table #5 – Show Me the Money in Your Nurse Owned Business – Lorie Brown
Round Table #6 – Eldercare and Staffing – Stella Nsong
Round Table #7 – Go Live and Monetize – Stephanie Holvick
Round Table #8 – Life Care Management Business – Shanna Huber and Jennifer Crowley

4:00pm – 4:30pm –  Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

Pre-conference Workshops – Thursday, July 21, 2022

Please be aware these Pre-conferences are live and concurrent, you can only purchase one morning pre-conference and one afternoon pre-conference.

8:00am – 11:45am – 12 Revenue Streams to Diversify Your Income and Grow Your Business!
Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CSP®

Pre-conference Overview: Discover how to grow your business and increase your income by adding new streams of revenue within your current expertise. In this pre-conference, you will explore 12 different ways to monetize your business.  Learn more.


8:00am – 11:45am – How to Run Profitable Retreats
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP®, FAAN

Pre-conference Overview: Have you considered adding retreat facilitation services for hospitals and corporations to your business model? Or maybe you just want to earn income while spending as much time as possible at resorts, spas, and retreat centers.  Learn more.


1:00pm – 4:30pm – Eldercare & Staffing Money Making Systems: A Business Model for Building a Caring Enterprise
Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, LTCP

Pre-conference Overview: Come learn how nurses get rich in the synergetic industries of eldercare and health care staffing. This is a step by step and “how to” half day workshop that reveals how to explore, design and kickstart a “perfect for you” eldercare and staffing business without being stressed and overwhelmed.  Learn more.


1:00pm – 4:30pm – Marketing You! From Pitch to Profit
Michelle Podlesni, RN, CEO

Pre-conference Overview: Marketing is a challenge for most entrepreneurs, especially nurses, who aren’t used to tooting our own horns, and stepping into the spotlight. In this engaging and interactive workshop, you will learn the best marketing strategies and steps to have a profitable nursing business.   Learn more.


Registration for the NNBA 2022 Conference is priced at $389.00 for NNBA members and $489 for non-members.

Please note that speakers and topics were confirmed at the time of publishing and that future circumstances, beyond the control of the NNBA, may necessitate substitutions, cancellations or alterations.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Deadline for cancellation is June 21, 2022. Cancellations are not accepted via phone, FAX or website. Requests must be made via email to admin@nnbanow.com. All cancellation requests must be received by email, before June 21, 2022 in order to receive a full refund, less $75.00 administrative processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after June 21, 2022 or for no-shows. Refunds will be processed after the conference.

Contact Hours: NNBA’s Nurse Entrepreneurship and Career Alternatives Conference is an educational and professional development event. There are 15 eligible contact hours. Contact hours for the Conference are provided by Nurse Builders, a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #15118).