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Is there a certain type of family nurse practitioner focus I could take to help me achieve my goal, which is to help the baby boomers and open my own healthy lifestyle business?

Monday May 6, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I am 56 years old and have been a nurse for five years. I will be completing my BSN in December and plan on starting my education to be a family nurse practitioner. I am a case manager for home health, and I decided that I really like the 50 to 70-year-old age group and promoting health, instead of fixing health. I have two daughters who are nurses and one who is a personal trainer. One of my daughters also is an eating disorder survivor, and I would like to help those with eating disorders. Someday, I would like to start a healthy lifestyle business. I would love to be a blessing to my girls and help them fulfill their dreams. Is there a certain type of FNP or focus I could take which would help me achieve these goals?

Future FNP

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Future FNP,

Your FNP education and training will have broad applications. You'll be able to specialize in or focus on almost anything you want. Many nurses, and others, are creating wellness businesses devoted to keeping folks healthy and well. It would be great for you to focus on the baby boomer generation because we have our own unique challenges, needs, fears and learning. You might even specialize in women specifically — you and your daughters could have a group practice or collaborate with one another to offer a variety of services. This type of targeted, personalized, wellness-focused model is the wave of the future. It could be a health and wellness center owned and operated by you and your daughters.

Do some research on the health, wellness and lifestyle needs of boomer women or baby boomer's in general. Start to conceptualize what your practice might include. Health education, yoga and meditation, personal training, nutrition counseling and career and life coaching are just a few possibilities.

Consider attending one of my “How to Start Your Own Business or Consulting Practice” seminars to begin formulating a business plan. See where I'll be at www.Nurse.com/Events/CE-seminars/. You also might start networking with other FNPs to see what's happening in their profession. Attend local chapter meetings of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org/), as a guest for now. When there's something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. It's also important to get yourself out there and talk to and meet others. You never know from where the spark, idea or inspiration will come.

You will be a great model to boomer women for reinventing themselves and rebirth in midlife.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.