Review of the Nurse Practitioner as Entrepreneur: How to Establish and Operate an Independent Practice
Reviewed by Marty Couret, MSN, NP
List Price: $55.00
Publisher: Self-Published

Carolyn Zaumeyer has done something no other Nurse Practitioner has done. She has created a blueprint for other NPs to open their own businesses. In the process of opening Women’s Health Watch, Inc., Zaumeyer realized there were no tools available to NPs eager to open their own practice. She then took it upon herself to write one. She compiled all of her own research and experience of opening Women’s Health Watch into this book.

Zaumeyer has created a general outline for NPs to follow when building their own business. Through out the book Zaumeyer provides worksheets to keep the entrepreneur on track, examples from Women’s Health Watch, and tips to make the process easier. Perhaps the only flaw of this book is its generality. Often times the book lacks the specifics necessary to make complete decisions. This is excellent for readers with filled with their own ideas and imagination, but may be difficult for more analytic thinkers. However, Zaumeyer realizes the limitation of using just one source for any endeavor and provides the entrepreneur a large list of resources. The author recommends the entrepreneur take business classes, read other books, and solicit the aid of selected professionals through the undertaking.

This book doesn’t pull any punches either. Early in the book Zaumeyer asks questions a new entrepreneur may not know, or may be afraid to ask. She provides a strength and weakness analysis of the entrepreneur and identifies pitfalls. She emphasizes competence and planning take the reader through the initial steps to see if they have what it takes to be a Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur.

I strongly recommend this book to NPs considering opening their own practice. It may be too general for some individuals, but it should be the first book a nurse practitioner should read before they open a new practice.

If you are interested in ordering this book, please go to the author's website!

Updated: October 2, 2001