How to Sell Your Nursing Knowledge

Most nurses are on the brink of leaving the profession due to burnout and exhaustion. Most cannot afford to leave the profession because they cannot afford to financially, so they just go through the motions.
Most nurses would like to be financially comfortable without the overtime, and stay in the profession but just don’t know how.

This guide will get you started.

The aim of this guide is to show you how to expand your nursing career to new levels.

As a nurse, you have lots of experience and vast amounts of knowledge you can share for profit.

Most nurses I know had careers filled with lots of unique opportunities.

I graduated with a four-year diploma and later received a bachelors’ in nursing administration and community health nursing.

With these credentials, I was able to work in hospitals and health centers in Africa and New York City.

I have been doing a lot of research on alternatives to traditional nursing, and I have come to the conclusion that inside every nurse is a writer. I decided to become a writer, using my many years of knowledge and skills.

Advantages of nurses as writers

You do not have to be a born writer – As a nurse you were taught to write from first year; remember: ‘If it is not documented, it is not done.’ That is what every nurse knows; you write everything down concerning your patient. I cannot overemphasize the importance of documentation enough. Nurses know that nursing notes are legal documents.

You do not need to go back to school – That was part of nursing school – writing – I mean. You already know how to write, so, tell a story. There is a huge opportunity for you to profit from the knowledge you already possess – With the changing disease trends, there is always ample opportunity for nurses to teach and offer information on diseases and the many emerging infections out there. Can you imagine how many people out there would like to know more about the avian flu or swine flu? For nurses in oncology, it has identified that most cancer patients fail to finish their treatment because of lack of knowledge and coordination of care; nurses can therefore write articles to educate cancer patients on their treatment and plan for follow-up care. There are limitless opportunities.

Let us now go into detail what you can write with all these information, knowledge, expertise, yes, expertise you possess. I know most nurses do not want to call themselves experts because they do not possess doctoral degrees. Look here; with all the education, knowledge, and experience you have, you are an expert.

As nurses we always sell ourselves short, because we are used to taking orders like we do not know what we are doing. If we are not going to take ourselves seriously, nobody will.

Articles

As a nurse you can write articles on anything. Here are a few examples:

  • Aging
  • Alzheimer’s
  • AIDS
  • Breast Care
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Health
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise
  • Environmental Health
  • Menopause
  • Men’s Health
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • School Health

Articles can cover any topic as we have seen the list of examples and can be as short as 400 words.

You however have to narrow your topic, otherwise you have too much information, and your reader will get lost.

Your articles are not going to sell unless they are of a good quality, so they need to be well written. Just because people need information, they are not just going to buy anything.

Here are a few guidelines one should follow to produce good articles:

  • Consistency of style and voice – Maintain a consistent voice do not switch from second person to third person.
  • Grammatically Correct – Correct grammar is vital to the success of your article.
  • On topic -A single topic make it easy to convey your message accurately so as not to lose your readers.
  • Concise and direct – Make your point immediately most readers have a short attention span.
  • Expert tone – Accurate information will ensure a good reputation as an expert.
  • Industry – correct phrasing – Use jargon relevant to your field.

The above guidelines will get you on your way to writing your first article. As you write more articles, it will get easier. Practice a skill to gain proficiency.

You have your finished article, now what? There are many ways to profit from your article.

There are a lot of internet marketers who need articles for their websites and blogs. They want articles from all topics.

Health related websites always need good content

You can submit your article to Kindle

You can also submit to Clickbank

Professional nursing journals also look for articles from even though the submission guidelines are strict

Most nurse entrepreneurs now have websites, you can also have a website, there are numerous resources that can help you set up your own website. They take care of all the technicalities for you. These can be paid membership websites or just community websites. They require a fee for set up but the pay off is huge.

E-books

You can write 500 page e-books and submit them to Kindle

You can also write E-books on any subject and submit them to any digital market place have affiliates sell your book, or

You can just be an affiliate for other peoples’ digital products.

Short Stories

Nurses have a lot of stories to tell. A lot nurses are writing stories about their own experiences. These are stories which can inspire other nurses, especially nurses new to the profession.

Short stories can be submitted to publishers who collect the stories for publication.

Nurses can also tell stories of their lives, for example, how nurses balance their professional and personal or family life.

You will be surprised how many people, even non-nurses, appreciate and are fascinated by nurses.

So nurses, go out there and tell your stories.

Novels, Traditional Books

Can you imagine what intriguing story you can write with all your nursing experiences? I do that all the time. Imagine every patient of yours you ever took care of, create a scenario around them; create a fictional story, Viola! You have a novel.

There are limitless opportunities out there for nurses to write because of their experience, knowledge, and commitment to what they do.

Pharmaceutical companies need people with medical knowledge and people who have experience caring for people and know the effects of medications to write for them. Nurses do this very well.

Medical insurance companies need nurses to write articles for them.

The Title

Last but not least, the title. Most people who buy a publication, either on line or in print, are drawn to it by the title. Great publishers know that.

Whether it is an article, an e-book, or a traditional book, the title should be catchy.

Titles that have been to catch attention are:

  • “How to” – We all know how popular “How to” books have been recently.
  • “The Truth About”
  • “The Facts You Should Know”
  • “Life”
  • “Love”

So there you have it nurses, go out there and use those skills.

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