NNBA History

The NNBA was founded in 1985 by David Norris, a critical care nurse from California. Initially a newsletter known as the Nurse Entrepreneur’s Exchange, it provided information for business minded nurses and a forum for them to connect and share information. This grassroots movement quickly evolved into the National Nurses in Business Association. True to the initial design to provide a networking arena for nurse entrepreneurs and to update nurses on business opportunities, NNBA now included national educational conferences, workshops and seminars. Past presidents and leadership of the NNBA include: Kay Davis, Ed.D, MSN, BSN, Pamela Buckman, MSN, BSN, Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, RN, PhD., and Patricia Bemis, RN, CEN.

The NNBA is Mission Driven

NNBA Now  Vision-Empowering Nurses Through Entrepreneurship

Since 1985, thousands of nurses looking for a change, desiring more freedom, and becoming their own boss, have chosen to advance their careers by becoming members of the National Nurses in Business Association. You will be joining and networking with nurses who have transitioned into the business world over the past 30 years, as well as nurses who are currently transitioning into new professional careers. Our veteran members’ resumes include thousands of nurse-owned businesses, awards, and millions in revenues. The experience, knowledge, and impact of our community is amazing-as well as the support that is provided to fellow nurse entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. You will have the opportunity to make incredible and meaningful connections by networking with other NNBA members who share your interests and passion.

“In the generation that has passed, since the National Nurses in Business Association was founded, the ranks of nurse entrepreneurs has increased substantially. The NNBA is the Vanguard of the nurse entrepreneur movement and that is a result of the active participation and contributions of its richly resourced membership. We are Nurses, Business Leaders and Mentors; an organization of Nurses Helping Nurses Succeed in Business!
-Michelle Podlesni, RN, CEO – President of the NNBA

The NNBA Vanguard Award
We present the prestigious Vanguard Award periodically in the recognition of a nurse entrepreneur exemplar with a proven track record of business success, impact and substantial influence in the nursing profession. Vanguard is defined as the leading position in a movement and the individual recipients demonstrate this leading position in nurse entrepreneurship. The award reads:
Recognizing Your Impact, Inspirational Leadership and Extraordinary Contributions to Nurse Entrepreneurship