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Your Name, Degrees Licenses:
Caroline Porter Thomas, BSN, RN
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I started nursing school without being 100% sure that I could finish. However, when I started A&P, something inside of me just clicked & I figured out a way to study and go from a C average grade to almost straight A’s. I started nursing school with a 3.7 gpa and graduated with honors... I also passed the NCLEX examination in 75 questions. After I learned that I passed the NCLEX in 75 questions, I knew what I learned could help other people. So I wrote my first book: How to Succeed in Nursing School. In 2012, I started uploading videos to youtube and opened up my channel: EmpoweRN. In 2013, I also thought that I would help new nurses go through the rough transition & so I wrote my 2nd book: New nurse, How to Get, Keep and LOVE Your First Nursing Job. In less than 1 year this book was on Amazon’s Bestseller list.
What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing? I really like working around people and I thought that it would be fast pace & fun… I was right ;)
What is your experience and background in Nursing? I have 6 years working in Step down/Tele.
Would you recommend Nursing as a career? Definitely! Not only is it a great career in and of itself. But the schedule offers you the flexibility to do something else that you love on the side! Unlike most of jobs today… your work… stays at work! Unless I guess if you are a unit director lol!
Your Business Name: EmpoweRN inc.
Business Organization? EmpoweRN inc. LLC
Why did you choose this type of organization? The same reason, the tax advantages.
Please describe in detail your business/services you provide (or if you have an elevator pitch ): EmpoweRN is a service that provides instruction and motivation for nursing students and nurses primarily through books and videos.
Business Address (City, State, Zip, etc)
Social Media Accounts (Where can people find you on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, etc)
Homepage Address: http://www.EmpoweRN.com
Type of business categories would you would like to be listed: Existing categories are listed here: http://www.nursingentrepreneurs.com/category/ Author Vlogger Entrepreneur
Contact person(s): Caroline Porter Thomas, BSN, RN
Phone number (how/when do you prefer to be contacted): 305-975-5946 – text messages are good… or emails at Caroline@EmpoweRN.com
In what date (month/year) did you start your business? 12/2012
How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, NursingEntrepreneurs.com?: Through Andrew ?
The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 2008
What school(s) of nursing did you attend? Fayetteville State University
What made you decide to start your own business?
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How many times have you changed employers in your career? In 6 years 3 times… all due to moves.
What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business?
What exactly is a nurse entrepreneur in your own words? A nurse that is being the most they can be!
Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? Yes, as an agency nurse, part time.
Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: The mental and physical health of the individual nurse.
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Other areas of interest and expertise (Andrew's into photography, loves to travel): I love writing, yoga, spending time with friends.
Nursingentrepreneurs.com is a networking and resource directory for Nurse-Owned businesses and nurses looking for an alternative to working at the bedside. Start here on your road towards nurse entrepreneurship.
If you explore the site a bit, you'll find profiles of hundreds of nurse entrepreneurs around the country. We encourage you to browse around, find a business category you are interested in, then contact the nurse directly. We're available for questions as well. This website is Owned-Operated by Andrew Lopez, RN a Medical/Surgical/Telemetry nurse.
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