Nursing Conference

NNBA 2023 Annual Conference Information

Conference Description

Nurse Entrepreneurs, Aspiring Nurse Entrepreneurs, and Business-Minded Nurses are gathering on Thursday, August 3rd through Saturday, August 5th, 2023 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 9.5 eligible contact hours for the main conference and 3.5 contact hours each for the preconference workshops. 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.  If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting and/or advertising at NNBA 2023, click here. To see our Sponsors and Exhibitors, click here.

COVID Safety Information:

The health and safety of all attendees to the NNBA 2023 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.

Hotel Information


Thursday, August 3, 2023 – Pre-conferences
Thursday, August 3, 2023 – Meet and Greet Reception
Friday, August 4, 2023 – Main Conference
Saturday, August 5, 2023 – Main Conference


South Point Hotel, Casino and Resort
9777 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89183
Hotel (702) 796-7111
Reservations (866) 791-7626
SONOMA 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 July 12th.  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, “NAT0719”.

FREE Airport Shuttle to and from McCarren/Harry Reid International airport and South Point Hotel. For those traveling via plane, reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to transport, call (866) 791-7626 or local (702) 797-8901. Shuttle times are listed on South Point’s website.

The Preconference Workshops and the Meet and Greet Reception are Thursday, August 3, 2023 and the Main Conference begins Friday August 4, 2023 and ends Saturday August 5, 2023. Discounted room rates are as follows:

  • Wednesday night (08/02/2023) only $75.00
  • Thursday night (08/03/2023) only $75.00
  • Friday night (08/04/2023) only $130.00
  • Saturday night (08/05/2023) only $130.00
  • Sunday night (08/06/2023) only $75.00

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

Conference Pricing:

Conference (Friday/Saturday) $409.00 (Member)
Conference (Friday/Saturday) $509.00 (Non-Member)
Pre-conferences (each) $99.00 (Member)
Pre-conferences (each) $129.00 (Non-Member)
Members save $100.00 on the Conference and $30.00 on each Pre-conference.

Registration Times:

Wednesday, August 2, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday, August 3, from 7:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday, August 3, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday, August 4, from 7:00am to 9:00am
Saturday, August 5, from 7:00am to 8:30am

Conference registration will close on July 30th at 8:00pm (PST) and will re-open during the registration times noted above.

Meet and Greet – Thursday, August 3, 2023

NNBA 2022 Conference Agenda

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 main registration area.


Main Conference Agenda – Friday, August 4, 2023

7:00am – 8:30am – Registration Open

7:00am – 8:00am – Exhibitor Setup

7:30 – Conference Hall Open for Attendees


8:15am – 8:30am – Welcome and Opening Remarks
This year’s conference emcee is Dr. Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, FAAN, 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

8:30am – 9:45am – Keynote Address: Create Abundance in the World and in Your Life Through 12 Business Revenue Streams
Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CSP®, Nurse Builders Chief Executive and Learning Officer

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

10:15am – 11:15am – The Secret Sauce Of Authentically Building a Powerful Personal Brand
Dominique Fontaine, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC, Certified Brain Health Coach

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

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

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Leveraging LinkedIn to Build Your Nurse Entrepreneur Business

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Shorten Your Learning Curve to Win in Business: Best Practices
Mary Turner, BSN, RN

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

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Nurse Revived: Patient Advocacy Changes Lives
Melissa Cardine, MSN, RN, BCPA

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Visit Exhibitors – Networking

5:00pm –  On Your Own to Enjoy the Vegas Night Life

Main Conference Agenda – Saturday, August 5, 2023

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

2023 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 – How to Get Unstuck, Crush Self-Limiting Beliefs and Start Your Business!

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

12:45pm – 1:45pm – Turn Your Ideas Into Assets
Cheryl Campos, DNP, NPD-BC, CEN, CPHQ, VA-BC

Jessica Gruendler, DNP, RN

Roland Witherspoon, JD, MBA

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Make Your Dream for Your Business Your Reality
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, FAAN, CSP®

2:45pm – 3:00pm – Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Final Visit with Exhibitors – Networking

Pre-conference Workshops – Thursday, August 3, 2023

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 – Translating Your Nursing Expertise into an Education Business
Louise Jakubik, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CSP®

Pre-conference Overview: This pre-conference is designed for future and existing nurses in business who aim to translate their existing nursing expertise into nursing education solutions. Nursing education products and services can be a fun and profitable add-on to an existing business or can be a stand-alone business.  Learn more.


8:00am – 11:45am – Independent Case Manager: A Rewarding Business Waits for You!
Deanna Cooper Gillingham, RN, CCM

Pre-conference Overview: As an independent case manager, you will guide consumers in their healthcare choices, advocate for them, help them understand the financial implications of their decisions, and so much more. There are numerous opportunities for independent case managers to choose from when starting their business.  Learn more.


1:00pm – 4:30pm – Eldercare, Staffing, and Transitional Care Coordination: 3 Lucrative Income Streams in the Senior Care Industry
Stella Nsong, RN, CMC, LTCP

Pre-conference Overview: Elder care, staffing and transitional care coordination belong to a class of their own because these three business models are highly lucrative, can be started with very little capital and provide financial and time freedom faster than most other business models.  Learn more.


1:00pm – 4:30pm – The A to Z’s of Starting Your Nurse Owned Business
Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD

Pre-conference Overview: As nurses, the only way to make more money is to work more. As nurse business owners, we get create our own paycheck. And, the good news is we can make as much money as we want, work when we want and not have to answer to anyone else. However, we were not taught how to be a business owner in nursing school so that is exactly what you are going to learn. This course is the A to Zs of starting your own business.   Learn more.


NNBA 2023 Conference is priced at $409.00 for NNBA members and $509.00 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 July 3, 2023. Cancellations are not accepted via phone, FAX or website. Requests must be made via email to All cancellation requests must be received by email, before July 3, 2023 in order to receive a full refund, less $75.00 administrative processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after July 3, 2023 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 9.5 eligible contact hours for the main conference and 3.5 eligible contact hours for each preconference with total eligible of 16.5 contact hours. Contact hours for the Conference are provided by Nurse Builders, a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #15118).

Sponsors of the NNBA 2023 Nurse Entrepreneurship Conference

NNBA 2023 Conference Sponsors
NNBA 2022 Conference Agenda