When we start out thinking about building a practice, sometimes we have on rose colored glasses. We think of all sorts of wonderful things, sometimes glossing over the negative items.. Anyone will tell you that is the worst way to start a business.
I received an email from Nina Ravey, NP in Louisiana. As you’ll see, she has been in practice for over 5 years, and is struggling right now. Of course, anyone in business can tell you that a business will struggle from time to time. As Nina put it in another email it is not so easy to just start a practice without considering all of the unknowns. Wise words that should be heeded.
Please, if you have information or suggestions that will help Nina, please leave your comment below or contact Nina directly. Better yet do both. I’m sure it will be most appreciated.
I have a big problem that I hope some of you may have good ideas to solve. I have been in business for 5 1/2 years and have been having a uphill battle to get doctors to be a collaborative doc which they all don’t want to do because I predominantly have Medicare and Medicaid and because I am very outspoken and ask questions when I don’t know the answer. They have blackballed me in this small town in south Louisiana – the good ole boy network!
That has cost me a fortune. Some of the staff most who have come in with me end up stealing items from my office and I don’t know until a lot later.
Right now I am strapped for cash because of the poor billing (staff not billing some of the people) and a general exodus from my practice – guess they don’t want to get started since they believe that the doc who deserted me is going to open a practice here in town and several of my staff went over to him which really hurts, but then life goes on.
I question if anyone has grants that help pay overdue bills, pay off loans, buy new equipment, and whatever comes up? If you know of sites and can send them to me I would be most appreciative! Also, anyway, anyone have ability to write grants or know of someone I could contact for same?
I am down to the wire and looking at all avenues. Any suggestions would be appreciative.
Thanks to all of you for listening.
Nina Ravey, RN, MSN, CNS, C-FNP, APRN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Shirley Medical Clinic
711 N. Main St.
Jennings, LA 70546
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