Clara Barton is considered the first nurse entrepreneur. She founded the American Red Cross in 1881, and her organization continues to make a profound global impact today. Other nurses have followed in her entrepreneurial footsteps and made an impact in their own way.
One of these nurses was Gayle Francis, who founded AMN Healthcare in 1985 under the name American Mobile Nurses. The company she founded changed its name in 1998 to create an umbrella organization that could house the smaller companies that AMN Healthcare was ready to acquire. Over the past two decades, AMN purchased over a dozen healthcare staffing companies and their affiliated sub-brands.
Another nurse entrepreneur making a difference is Cyndie Colarusso, RN, BSN, CPTC, CTBS. The company she founded, Pathways Consulting, provides services to the procurement and tissue banking community. Pathways also helps to enhance the care and appreciation of donor families whose loved ones gave the ultimate gift.
A third example of successful nurse entrepreneurship comes from Renee Baldo, RN, BS, MBA. Baldo is the founder of Unlimited Potential, a skincare and wellness studio that takes a holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit. Her own experience with therapeutic face and body treatments and her deep understanding of stress and its effects ultimately allows her to encourage her clients to be proactive in preventing negative effects over time.