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The Nurse Practitioner Mentorship Project with Nadia Santana, DNP, FNP-BC


Tell us about the Nurse Practitioner Mentorship Project.

While I was writing, The Ultimate Nurse Practitioner Guidebook, I realized that there was a lack of mentorship within the profession, especially after graduation. I came up with The Nurse Practitioner Mentorship Project with a mission to support, mentor, and empower other nurse practitioners. I wanted to be apart of the solution to bridge a gap in continuous guidance.

I believe we, as a profession, have the power to change the health of this nation, and this can’t be done without a supportive community.”

What sets your organization apart from the others?

Traditional NP owned businesses provide services for patients, and my business differs because I serve the NP community which include students and practicing NPs. Because many of us are stressed from being overworked and are on the verge of burnout, my program offers resources to equip NPs with the tools to navigate practice successfully which ultimately translates to happier NPs and better patient care. I believe we, as a profession, have the power to change the health of this nation, and this can’t be done without a supportive community.

How does one who may not see the immediate results of a new business prepare for the growth?

Most entrepreneurs do not see success from their business right away. I suggest that you transition slowly from your current position into being a full-time business owner. Continuing to work for income allows you to grow your business without worrying about how you are going to pay your bills. I still work full-time as an NP and this provides me a worry free way to pursue my passion.

What was the biggest challenge you faced with launching your business? 

It took me a while to figure out what type of business I wanted to start. A few years ago, I started a telemedicine business that required a lot of time and money. However, I realized that this business model did not interest me and closed the business not too long after I launched. The Nurse Practitioner Mentorship Project fits my personality better, and is something I look forward to working on every day.

We understand that many lessons are revealed as one takes risks to start a business. For this reason, we ask all of our guests to complete this statement, “If I only knew then…” to encourage readers that growth comes from learning from one’s mistakes.

If I only knew then that every problem has a solution, I would have been able to enjoy the ride a bit more!