Welcome to IBSIG
IBSIG is a specialty interest group of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO). IBSIG was established to help registered practical nurses (RPNs) build a profitable business. Professional development opportunities for RPNs have led many nurses to start independent businesses in diverse areas focused on meeting the ever-growing healthcare needs of Ontarians.
This website acts as a resource of information both for the public and IBSIG members. Its purpose is to educate the public about RPNs in independent business as well as to support our nurse members. We welcome your input on how we can improve our site. We invite the public to have a look at who we are, what we do and how you can help us to maintain quality nursing services that are provided by RPNs in independent business.
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What is an EntrepreNURSE™?
An EntrepreNURSE™ is a member of IBSIG whose members have permission to use this trademarked title. They run a business related to nursing and care for the public. The nurse works outside of OHIP and bills clients directly for their services. The nurse’s services can be running a nursing care agency, foot care or other non-traditional areas such as complementary therapies, Tai chi exercise and pain management.
Nurse entrepreneurs are nursing professionals who use their knowledge, training, medical expertise, and experience to create and advance their own business within the healthcare industry. Because nurse entrepreneurs don't operate under a specific employer, they're able to work independently and autonomously to provide a variety of nursing services which may include things like patient care, home health and consulting services, or nursing education. To be successful in this career, individuals must be creative, hardworking, business-savvy, and willing to take risks financially, professionally, and personally. Common duties and tasks which are carried out by nurse entrepreneurs include but aren't limited to:
- Utilizing nursing education and experience to start business ventures within the healthcare industry
- Securing financing
- Taking care of accounting, payroll, and taxes
- Hiring and managing employees
- Marketing their business in order to attract new customers and retain old ones
- Supplying healthcare products
- Providing nursing services which could include nursing education or consulting services, or direct patient care.