Resources for Clinicians

Clinician Business Institute

The Clinician Business Institute was created to provide comprehensive education to nurse practitioners, and other advanced practice clinicians, who are interested in starting, growing and operating a business. RNs will also find information that will be helpful in their entrepreneurial journey as well. You’ll find a growing library of resources. And if you find something that is not there, just contact may already be in development!

NPBO™ Startup System 2.0

The NPBO™ Startup System 2.0 – complexly updated – has put many NPs and PAs on the path to practice ownership. It’s designed to be self study allows you to progress at your own pace. Visit for further information.

NPBO™ Private Community

In 2007 it became clear that nurse practitioners and other clinicians needed a private place on the web to discuss issues around starting and growing a practice, and thus NursePractitionerBusinessOwner™ (aka NPBO™) was created. It’s open to all clinicians and healthcare providers who are looking for a like minded community of clinicians. You’ll have access to monthly group meetings as well as private 1:1 office hours and more.

Smart Business Planning

One of the most common questions we receive here at NPBO™ is about writing business plans. While there are plenty of free templates for writing business plans, none of them address the issues that are central to a healthcare practice.  Johanna Hofman, MBA, LAc created this course to help Nurse Practitioners and other healthcare providers create a winning business plan.
Smart Business Planning for Clinicians

Merchant Account Options

No doubt you have hear of the SquareUp app you can use with your mobile devices. It’s a great way to get started accepting payments in your office.

Stripe is a secure online payment system you can use for your practice. You may find that several online scheduling platforms and even EHRs may have stripe available through their systems.

Tools for Your Practice

HIPAA Compliant, online scheduling app you can use in your business (Think about embedding your schedule in your website for patients!). And yes, they will sign a BAA! Acuity Scheduling

Telemedicine anyone? offers it’s platform to clinicians for free! There is also a paid version with some added benefits as well. It works great and it’s easy for you and your patients.

I get asked this a lot! As a Nurse Practitioner and a business owner, @QuickBooks is essential for organizing my books.

I would recommend it to anyone who is [self-employed or a small business owner] like me. Follow my link for a special discount! -> QuickBooks

Favorite References

This classic text is now in it’s 6th edition! I’ve been reading this (as most of us have) for years. Required reference for your shelves! Highly recommended! On Amazon.

I’ve been using this for years. Great templates that I can tweak to my own practice. It makes it easy to have the P&P I need without breaking a sweat. Amazon.

If you are involved in larger practices and organizations, this is a great text to begin to get an understanding of the big picture of health care and finances. Part IV spoke to me as it’s on the business skills including grant writing, financial management and leadership. Amazon.

No practice should be without updated CPT and ICD-10 manuals. Even if you have a cash practice, you’ll likely want to give your patients receipts with codes. Plan to update these texts annually. Essential and on Amazon.

Professional Organizations

AANP is the largest full-service national professional membership organization for Nurse Practitioners of all specialties. www.AANP.ORG

American Nurses Credentialing Center – Credentialing for many nurse and nurse practitioner specialties.

NP Publications

Commonly known as the “blue” NP journal, it provides peer reviewed articles and other information of importance to NPs. The Nurse Practitioner

The Journal for Nurse Practitioners offers peer-reviewed clinical articles, original research, continuing education, and departments that help practitioners excel as providers of primary and acute care across the lifespan. The journal is an official publication of AANP and is affiliated with the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.

Other Links and Resources


DEA – Apply here to get your DEA number


The Nurse Practitioner Journal


Family Practice Management

Medical Economics

Physicians Practice – Practice Management Journal

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