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Why I Train My “Competition”

By Elizabeth Hanes / August 11, 2020 / 2 Comments

Let’s talk about cultivating an abundance mindset. One year ago, on a weekday afternoon, I sat in the offices of Wharff-Lackey Accounting and Technology to discuss my latest proposed business venture, RN2writer. I always get my accountant, Robert’s, advice and input on important business decisions, because I value his knowledge and expertise. And I’m the […]

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What Skills Does a Nurse Need to Become a Writer?

By Elizabeth Hanes / August 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

Very often, when I exchange emails or chat with a nurse who aspires to become a freelance writer, she expresses great concern about whether she “has what it takes” to become a successful writer. I think it’s natural to feel this way when you’re contemplating entering a profession that requires no formal training or education […]

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5 Ways Nurses Can Make Money by Writing

By Elizabeth Hanes / August 4, 2020 / 0 Comments

When you’re trying to get started as a nurse writer, it can be hard to figure out exactly how you can make money at this writing thing. There are so many avenues to pursue. Which ones actually pay well, and which ones might lead to a dead-end? I know I went through that when I […]

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How to Cite Sources in an Article

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

One question that has come up consistently in the Health Journalism Basics for Nurses workshop is: How do I cite my sources in an article? It’s a very fair question, and I wish I’d addressed this better in the lessons. Since I didn’t, I’ll do it now in this blog post. Reporting vs Academic Papers […]

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How I Launched My Freelance Writing Business as an RN

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

Sometime in the spring of 2011 or 2012 (I honestly don’t remember now), I arrived home after a shift at the plastic surgery practice I’d been with for a year or so. It wasn’t a particularly tiring nursing job, but it could be frustrating at times. And that spring Friday was one such day. Part […]

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How to Set Up Your Writing Website in Minutes – for Just $1

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

As a nurse, you probably can reprogram many healthcare devices in less time than it takes for an IV pump alarm to sound. But setting up a website from scratch? Yeah, that might feel daunting. How much do you need to know about design and coding and programming and integrations…and on and on? No wonder […]

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What is Essay – and Can I Make a Living at It?

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

Very often when nurses first approach me about how to become a writer, they’re interested in writing to advance their personal “cause” or “issue.” For example, I’ve recently talked to a nurse who believed passionately in the value of case management and wanted to spread the word more widely, and I’ve spoken with another nurse […]

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The First Step Every Nurse Should Take Before Pursuing a Writing Career

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 14, 2020 / 4 Comments

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more info. The most common comment I get from nurses who want to become writers is, “I don’t have a clue where to […]

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Why I Rejected This Freelance Writing Contract

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 8, 2020 / 2 Comments

In my forthcoming workshop on content marketing writing, I’m covering contracts in some detail because a bad contract can break you. Now, I want to emphasize I’m not a lawyer. I suggest you consult an actual attorney for any contract questions or issues that trouble you. That said, I have read a few contracts in […]

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What Types of Deliverables do Nurse-Writers Write? Everything!

By Elizabeth Hanes / July 1, 2020 / 2 Comments

If you’re considering transitioning to a writing career from nursing, you might wonder what types of…things you might actually be asked to write. In the industry, we call the things we write “content assets” or “content deliverables” or “articles,” depending on if you’re working on the content marketing side of things or the journalism side. […]

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