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consulting, nurse consultant, starting a business



  1. Morin, Karen PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF


ABSTRACT: Nurses' expertise, developed over time and through education, positions them to assume new careers such as independent nurse consultants. Although it's an exciting proposition, nurses may not understand what it means to be a consultant, know whether consulting is a good fit for them, or be familiar with how to establish and run a consulting business. This article defines consulting, discusses key competencies, and presents important considerations for starting and running a consulting business. Selected resources to assist in developing skills as a nurse consultant are also provided.