Nursing Entrepreneurs, Nurse-Owned Businesses
Pennsylvania Nurse Entrepreneurs
Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, RT Connections, LLC, @RTConnections

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What Made You Decide To Start Your Own Business?

Submitted: 2013 October 18

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Your Name, Degrees Licenses: Renee Thompson, DNP, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, have two grown daughters and a wonderful husband. I love good friends, good food and good wine.

What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing?:"I've always been fascinated by science. The fact that the pH of your blood is 7.35 - 7.45 is absolutely amazing to me! I also wanted to have a career where every day I had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people. Being a nurse meet both interests.

What is your experience and background in Nursing? I have more than 23 years healthcare experience including clinical practice, nursing education, quality management and executive leadership. My clinical expertise is in cardiac nursing, diabetes and neuroscience. I am the former stroke coordinator for a large stroke center.

Would you recommend Nursing as a career? Absolutely! There are so many opportunities as a nurse. From clinical, education, and administration to research, legal and risk management; and business owner. The opportunities are endless!

Your Business Name: RTConnections, LLC

Business Organization?: Limited Liability Corporation, LLC

Why did you choose this type of organization? When I first started my business, I was listed as a sole proprietor. I quickly realized that I was missing out on the tax advantages and decided to advance to LLC.

Please describe in detail your business/services you provide: At RTConnections, I educate, connect and inspire current and future nurses. I started this company because I really believe that patients deserve to be cared for by competent, compassionate nurses and that nurses deserve to believe they make a difference. To make that happen I offer keynote presentations that help nurses take ownership of their practice; seminars and workshops to improve clinical and professional practice; and consulting to help organizations create nurturing and supportive work environments for employees and the patients they serve. My area of expertise is in professional development, nurse-to-nurse bullying, communication/collaboration, team building and academic service partnerships.

Business Address:
146 Aidan Ct
Pittsburgh, PA 15226

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Type of business categories would you would like to be listed: Conflict Resolution Consultants, Education, Keynote Speakers, Consulting, Gift items, Continuing Education, Educational Nurse Entrepreneurs, Nursing Videos, KeyNote Speakers, Pennsylvania Nurse-owned Businesses, Public Speakers, Seminars

Keywords, Phrases that describe your business, experience, services: The more you list the better. keynote speaker, author, bullying, horizontal violence, team building, communication, conflict resolution, student nurse, new nurse, onboarding, nursing seminars, nursing workshops, nurse speaker, professional development, nurse fatigue, nurse inspiration, nurse heroes, incivility

Contact person(s): Renee Thompson

Phone number (how/when do you prefer to be contacted): 412.445.2653 - EST

In what date (month/year) did you start your business? February 2010

Can you describe some challenges you had to overcome in starting your business? Learning business skills, marketing

How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, Through social media

The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 1991

What school(s) of nursing did you attend? Community College of Allegheny County - ADN
University of Pittsburgh - BSN
University of Pittsburgh - MSN
University of Pittsburgh : DNP in Dec. 2013

Do you recommend that nurses join professional organizations? Absolutely! If a nurse is involved in a professional organization, it sends a message that he/she is serious about their role as a nurse.

Professional organizations you have belonged to (now or in the past, please spell out the full name):

Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses
Association for Nurses in Professional Development
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Pennsylvania Nurses Association

How many times have you changed employers in your career? Oh gosh, many. I started as a clinical nurse on a cardiac step down unit, then left after 5 years for a job in home care, then transferred to a managed care company. I missed the clinical environment and went back as a unit manager, then took a step down and became a clinician on a neuro trauma step down unit as I finished my masters degree. From there I became an advanced practice nurse, then went to a corporate executive position as the Director of Academic Service Partnerships. After 3 years being responsible for the professional development of 10,000 nurses, I left to start my own business.

What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business?: Have been an educator for many years and found myself in front of audiences - students and at national nursing conferences. The positive feedback the nurses in my audience gave me was overwhelming. While I was speaking I was in my "zone" where time stood still. I loved knowing that I was helping nurses learn and grow. I knew other nurses who launched a speaking business and were successful, so I thought, why not me? I took a leap of faith, quit a really good job and started RTConnections.

What exactly is a nurse entrepreneur in your own words? A nurse entrepreneur is someone who doesn't stay locked in to the traditional careers in nursing. Someone who is a risk taker and isn't afraid to try something new.

Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? Yes. I currently work casual on a neuro-trauma step down unit.

Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: I think the most pressing concerns with the nursing profession is with our ability to articulate our value in this challenging and complex health care environment. Nurses need to be educated, articulate and lead health care reform efforts because that what our public wants. They want nurses to influence the upcoming changes in health care.

Other areas of interest and expertise (Andrew's into photography, loves to travel): I love to travel, spend time with friends and family; I love to read and spend time on the beach. is a networking and resource directory for Nurse-Owned businesses and nurses looking for an alternative to working at the bedside.

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.

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