Let us start with an explanation of what nursing consultancy is. Nursing consultancy is the offering of services for those who wish to become nurses. These services are many, though not all nursing consultants or consultancy companies will have all these services.
Services include guidance, training or introduction to trainers, international application assistance, and even tutorials and courses preparatory to licensure exams. Given the wide range of services, it is easy to see why starting a nursing consultant business is a challenge.
If you plan to have many services, then your best bet is to do it as a team-based effort. You will need many people of different backgrounds to handle services appropriate to their knowledge and skills. Additionally, you need to make your system streamlined and easy to follow.
In guidance services, you will be offering help to those who want, or think they want to take up nursing. Nursing can be rather taxing, physically, mentally, and psychologically, and not everyone is prepared to deal with that. These guidance counselors can assess an applicant’s mental and psychological readiness for a career in nursing, and then give them information on how to go about it. Also, if at any time the nurse-to-be is confused or does not know what to do, guidance helps get him or her back on the right track. These counselors can also identify what the strengths and weaknesses of the nurse are, so they can make recommendations as to what specialized field of nursing the nurse or nurse-to-be should take.
Training can be done by the consultancy company or outsourced to a training company or school. Either way, you need trainers who have deep and broad knowledge of nursing concepts and application, to ensure your trainees get the best learning experience. A good guideline is to look for registered nurses who scored well on their licensure exams and who have a few years of experience in actual practice. These trainers should also be able to speak well in a teaching setting, which is quite different from normal nursing work settings.
International application assistance services will require someone who is knowledgeable in the requirements of the different countries you plan to handle applications for. The requirements are not the only thing this person needs to know — your handler or handlers for these tasks should have in-depth knowledge of the application procedures and technicalities. This gives them the edge they need to provide the best assistance for nurses and nurses-to-be who wish to apply for training or even work abroad.
Tutorials and exam preparatory courses require specialized trainers with extremely in-depth knowledge of the topics, if not complete knowledge. The deeper the knowledge of your trainers in their specializations, the better the students and trainees can prepare for the exams. Again, scores in specific areas of licensure exams will be the guide here.
Finally, you will need a space to conduct business. Depending on your range of services, your offices might be small to large. Training and preparatory courses will require large rooms, while guidance and tutorial services will require several smaller rooms, with larger waiting areas. Just keep in mind the comfort of your customers, and you’ll do fine. Don’t forget to apply for the appropriate licenses!