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What Made You Decide To Start Your Own Business?
Your Name, Degrees Licenses: Sarah Mott, RN
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am married with two kids age 12 and 15. We have 2 dogs, 3 cats and 2 birds - I find it hard to turn away a pet in need. When I am not working, I spend my time with family and friends. I enjoy cooking, entertaining, reading and visiting the ocean. I feel most comfortable with my nurse friends and love their dry, sometimes dark sense of humors. My other passions include all things related to the nursing profession and the process of invention.
What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing? I cannot say that any one thing attracted me to nursing - I have always wanted to be a nurse...As Lady Gaga would say "I was born this way"
What is your experience and background in Nursing?
Your Business Name: Nurse Born, LLC
Business Organization? LLC registered in the State of Connecticut
Why did you choose this type of organization? Honestly, because my attorney recommended that I structure as an LLC
Please describe in detail your business/services you provide: Nurse Born specializes in products designed by nurses. It is Nurse Born's mission to assist nurses with the invention process and help them bring their product to market.
Nurse Born has launched its first product the Nurse Born Stethoscope Holster. Our Holster is designed to provide an alternative means of carrying the stethoscope around the neck. The Nurse Born Holster has a double spring design that allows the user to conveniently attach it to their waistband, pocket, tote bag etc...
It is easy to use and fits most styles of stethoscope including some electronic styles. We can confidently say that the Nurse Born Stethoscope Holster will stay in place even during high activity. The Nurse Born Holster can be purchased at www.nurseborn.com
Please visit our website often to learn about new nurse invented products and to keep an eye out for the opportunity to submit your own ideas.
Business Address: 323 Redwood Lane Cheshire, CT 06410
Social Media Accounts:
FB = https://www.facebook.com/Nurseborn
Homepage Address: http://www.nurseborn.com
Type of business categories would you would like to be listed:
Retail Wholesale Invention
Keywords, Phrases that describe your business, experience, services: The more you list the better. Stethoscope Holster, Stethoscope, Stethoscope Accessories, Uniforms, Nursing Uniforms, Scrubs, Nurse Accessories, Medical Assessories, Medical, Hospital, Nursing
Contact person(s): Sarah Mott
Phone number (how/when do you prefer to be contacted): 203-558-8307 - leave a message if not available, I will get back to you ASAP
In what date (month/year) did you start your business? LLC formed September 2012 Open for business June 2013
Can you describe some challenges you had to overcome in starting your business? Finding financial resources without putting the family in debt
Obtaining a patent - my first patent was denied Finding a manufacturer - This is not an easy task Avoiding scams - there are a lot of them out there praying on new businesses Learning the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur - It is a whole new world with different lingo and etiquette Marketing/Sales - We don't learn how to be a sales person in nursing school Building a business while suffering from chronic cervical injury and migraines
How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, NursingEntrepreneurs.com?: Suzie Farthing from http://onelovefornurses.com/
The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 2001
What school(s) of nursing did you attend? Naugatuck Valley College
Do you recommend that nurses join professional organizations? yes, it is important to keep up with what is going on
Professional organizations you have belonged to:
Connecticut Nurses Association
What made you decide to start your own business? View previous responses: http://www.nursingentrepreneurs.com/why/
After suffering from a job related cervical injury, I could not tolerate wearing the stethoscope around my neck and I could not find an easy to use, quality product that would securely hold my stethoscope on the pocket of my scrubs - so, I invented the Nurse Born Stethoscope Holster. It was through the process of developing the stethoscope holster that I realized how much I enjoyed the process of invention. As I began to present my product to other nurses, many of them told me that they had a great idea that they have not pursued because they did not know where to start. Thus, giving me the idea to build a company that specialized in products designed by nurses and that helped nurses develop and market these products. How many times have you changed employers in your career? Four - I have been fortunate to have had a positive experience with each of my employers. I left each employer due to a personal need to experience and grow in a variety of settings. In my opinion, nursing is the one profession in which movement is good. It provides an opportunity to learn from a variety of nurses, experience the culture of different institutions and learn new skills.
What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? View previous responses: http://www.nursingentrepreneurs.com/qualities Tenacity and Determination - You can't let the set backs keep you down, you have to have the ability to pick your self up, realize that everything is not going to go smoothly and look at the problems encountered as learning experiences. If one thing doesn't work you have to have the determination to keep trying until you find what does work. Desire - A strong deisre to be self-employed - you have to want it 100% - No doing it half way - kind of like nursing, you either want to be a nurse or not there is no middle ground. The ability to believe in yourself and your idea, listen to constructive criticism and ignore negativity Sacrifice - The willingness to sacrifice. As nurses, we all are acustomed to sacrificing for the good of our patient. It is sometimes harder for a nurse to make sacrifices for their own benefit.
What exactly is a nurse entrepreneur in your own words? A nurse entrepreneur is someone willing to step outside the box and take a risk.
Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? Yes, I work as an admission nurse at an post-acute rehab facility
Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: Staffing issues Budget cuts on nursing units that affect both patients and the nurses Administrators that do not support their nurses
How do you feel the coming nursing shortage (as babyboomers enter the healthcare system, and nurses retire in droves) will affect patient care? Nursing shortage will have an adverse effect on patient care - Who will have the skills and knowledge to care for the sick? However, in our area of the country the nursing shortage has seemed to subside, I have met many new nurses who are having trouble finding a position. I don't know if this is because the nursing shortage is over or due to budget cuts and facilities not hiring new nurses?
Other areas of interest and expertise (Andrew's into photography, loves to travel): I enjoy gardening, cooking, the ocean, reading and travel
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