Many nurses are sought-after health professionals that can work in a wide variety of settings and capacities. Registered nurses, or RNs, are nurses that have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree program as well as completed and passed the NCLEX-RN exam, or National Council Licensure Examination of Registered Nurses. If you have this designation and are tired of working in a physician’s office or other type of health care facility, consider starting your own small business to gain your freedom and independence.

Nursing Agency

Some experienced nurses start their own nursing agencies. These types of entrepreneurs typically employ nurses and act as an employment agent or recruiter. According to the Small Business Brief, nurses are hot commodities in the modern market because the need for nurses is greater than the actual number of available working nurses. If you’ve been in the industry for a while and already have a network of established relationships with other nurses, this might be the small business for you. The basic premise for this type of small business is finding employers who need nurses and then matching available nurses with open positions. The entrepreneur simply makes a profit by taking a specific percentage of the nurse’s pay or by even charging a finder’s fee for direct hires.

Holistic Nurse

Holistic nursing is based on the philosophy that the body, mind and spirit are connected. Nurses who are already well-versed in Eastern medicine and holistic practices, such as yoga and Reiki, may be interested in starting an independent holistic nursing practice. Holistic nurses are typically certified by the American Holistic Nursing Association, according to Small Business Ideas for Nurses. The actual practice usually involves an assessment of the patient’s overall wellness, including nutrition and overall mental and emotional mindsets. Holistic nurses often study acupuncture, massage therapy and reflexology as well. They treat the root of the patient's illness as well as the actual physical symptoms.

Legal Consultant

Registered nurses who want to ease into retirement or start a second career may want to consider a career in legal nursing consulting. This type of small business utilizes years of practice and pharmacology experience to aid with criminal and civil court cases. According to Independent Nurse Contractor, nurses who have years or experience in emergency rooms are often a good fit for this profession. This is often because they have assisted in the diagnosis process, and have witnessed the consequences of misused medications and overdosing.

Hospice Nurse

If you have a sympathetic nature and enjoy working in the home environment, consider starting a hospice nurse small business. This type of small business can be started with just yourself as an independent contractor, or can involve you hiring several nurses to work for you and your clients. Hospice nurses typically care for geriatric or chronic-disease patients in their own homes. They can also support recovering stroke or accident victims that need physical therapy and around-the-clock care.