Lessons Learned From Nurse Practitioner Independent Practice

A Conversation With a Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur

Joyce A. Hahn, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP; Wesley Cook, APRN, FNP-BC, CPSN


Nurs Econ. 2018;36(1):18-22. 

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NP Entrepreneur as a Change Agent

JH: Do you see yourself as an agent of change? A pioneer in the marketplace?

WC: I think that is a determination best made by the reader, so I will leave that evaluation up to them. But I will say this: the work of caring is inherently dynamic work. Nurses are all change agents; the duty of our work is to change what we encounter. We heal the sick. We comfort the pained. We cut stagnant air with a let-in breeze. We bandage weeping wounds so that microscopic changes become gross ones. We hold the hand of the person who thought he would die alone and prepare the body for the daughter who never thought she would see her father in dignity again. We inspire joy and allow for tears. We are nurses. We cannot escape being change agents. This is what we do; it is who we are.

I do view my unique talents and affinities as an opportunity to care in different places than many nurses do, to do work not typically seen as nursing work, and to bring about change not typically brought about by a nurse. Am I a change agent? Sure. I am a nurse. I cannot help but bring about change; that is the work of caring. I just care in different places than many nurses do – like the realm of entrepreneurship.