Nursing Entrepreneurs, Nurse-Owned Businesses
Shannon Garrett, BS, RN, CHLC, Shannon Garrett Wellness,
Tennessee Nurse Entrepreneurs, Health Coaches

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Your Name, Degrees Licenses: Shannon Garrett, BS, RN, CHLC

BS: Human Development

CHLC: Certified Holistic Lifestyle, Wellness, & Nutrition Coach

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a registered nurse and certified holistic lifestyle coach. Becoming an RN was my second career in life, and holistic coaching is my 3rd career. I work with women who struggle with the complexities of living with autoimmune or other chronic health issues.

Prior to becoming a nurse, I was an orthotist/prosthetist, and then started my own orthopedic patient care facility in Kentucky (Orthopaedic Services of Paducah, Inc. "OSP'). I was the CEO, compliance officer, and managed marketing functions for the business. I had this company for 18 years and then sold it to a large corporate entity in Exton, Pa (physiotherapy & rehab services).

I live with my husband and our two toy poodles "Willy" & "Alfred" in Nashville, Tennessee.

What Attracted You To The Field of Nursing? I love to care for people and help them achieve a life of health & wellbeing on all levels: emotional, spiritual, and physical.

What is your experience and background in Nursing? I worked as a cardiac nurse at the premier cardiac hospital of the South: St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. I also have experience In Med/Surg Nursing Including Oncology, Pulmonary, Orthopedic, and Neuro.

Would you recommend Nursing as a career? Yes, but it depends on the persons rationale for wanting to become a nurse. Bedside nursing isn't for the weak and I've seen many young people go into it for the wrong reasons only to fail.

Your Business Name: Shannon Garrett Wellness

Business Organization? Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, LLC or Corporation (C or S)? I have applied for and am pending corporate status.

Why did you choose this type of organization? The laws of Tennessee and my accountant influenced my decision for incorporating and the structure.

Please describe in detail your business/services you provide: I provide holistic health, wellness, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching for women who struggle with the many complexities of living with autoimmune or other chronic health Issues. I have a 12 week program I work them through to help them reach their goals and I provide a NANDA wellness care plan for them. I personally have three autoimmune issues And know what these women go through. Medication nor diet are stand-alone treatments. Lifestyle issues are an integral part of healing and I help them work through challenges. Most of my business comes from physicians, pharmacists, a radio show of which I am a regularly featured guest, and word-of-mouth.

Business Address: Nashville, TN 37205

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Twitter: @AutoimmuneRN





Type of business categories would you would like to be listed: RN: Health & Wellness Coaching, Holistic coaching, Nutrition Consultant

Keywords, Phrases that describe your business, experience, services: Holistic RN, Integrative RN, Autoimmune, Nutrition, holistic lifestyle coaching, gluten-free/dairy-free lifestyle, autoimmune, chronic health issues, RN lab review, patient advocacy, AutoimmuneRN, 12 week healing program, Holistic Stress & Anxiety Management.

Contact person(s): Shannon Garrett

Phone number (how/when do you prefer to be contacted): (615)604-3068 TEL (615)953-7130 FAX

In what date (month/year) did you start your business? January 2014

Can you describe some challenges you had to overcome in starting your business? Financing, Tasking, Marketing, Website Development

How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, Andrew Lopez

The year were you first licensed as a nurse? 2012

What school(s) of nursing did you attend? Aquinas College School Of Nursing

Do you recommend that nurses join professional organizations? Yes, most definitely

Professional organizations you have belonged to: American Holistic Nurses Association, National Nurses Business Association, Tennessee Nurses Association Rotary Club

What made you decide to start your own business? Autonomy to help others in a non clinical setting in an effort to hopefully empower them in such a way that they might be able to avoid hospitalization or chronic health Issues. I have been an entreprenuer all of my life and my nursing degree and license allow me to practice in the capacity I have always wanted to: to help others holistically to reach their lifestyle and wellness goals. In addition, I am a relationship type of person and appreciate long term interactions/communication with clients.

How many times have you changed employers in your career? Twice

What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? Managing and Understanding Priorities, Outcome Oriented, Self-Disclipine, Goal-Setting, People Skills, Structured Thinking.

What exactly is a nurse entrepreneur in your own words? A risk taker, a nurse who sees beyond the typical clinical setting and realizes the possibilities of what he or she can become to serve others and still be a nurse.

Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? No, not in the clinical setting however, I am returning to a very part-time position in November to work with an integrative doctor who is relocating and establishing a practice in Nashville.

Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: Nurse-Patient Ratios, Nurse-Bullying, Working Hours, Nurse Health, Reimbursement, Nursing Unit Quota Expectations, Nurse Training, And The allowance of patient care techs becoming a "RN" with very little actual training or education.

How do you feel the coming nursing shortage (as babyboomers enter the healthcare system, and nurses retire in droves) will affect patient care? I fear it will have a negative impact on those babyboomer's who are of ill health

Other areas of interest and expertise: Gardening (Flowers, Herbs, & Hydrangeas), Bicycling, Yoga, Travel, Cooking, Interior Design, Art, and Spending Time In Nature. I Love Hanging Out With My Husband And Our Two Senior Toy Poodles, "Willy" & "Alfred" At Home 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.

Has your Nurse-owned business been written up in the news? Do you send out a newsletter or regular press releases? We'd like to hear about it!


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