Female Nurses Blazing the Trail as Entrepreneurs & Business Owners
There is no one better qualified to design and create products for nurses than nurses themselves. Bedside nurses everywhere are using their nursing experience and expertise to build successful businesses. When nurses combine their skills with passion, the possibilities are endless. Here is a list of female nurse-owned businesses that serve and support nurses in their personal and work lives.
My Fair Ellie
Cassie Huckabay is the owner and creator behind My Fair Ellie, a badge reel shop created out of necessity and continued in passion. My Fair Ellie was born when Cassie set out to contribute financially to her family while on unpaid maternity leave as a nurse. Now, My Fair Ellie is a successful company spreading positivity throughout the nursing community and beyond. The badge reels at My Fair Ellie are interchangeable, making them the perfect nurse accessory.
While working as an operating room nurse, Kim became tired of ill-fitting and uncomfortable disposable fiberglass hats that would leave harsh indentation lines across her forehead. That’s when she enlisted the help of her mother to create practical and comfortable cloth caps. As a result, years later, KimKaps has ten unique cap styles and happy customers worldwide.
Up At Dawn Compression
Up At Dawn Compression socks were developed by Tesla, an emergency room nurse who became inspired to create compression socks that were functional, stylish, and comfortable. Up At Dawn Compression socks are designed to extend beyond work life and seamlessly transition into outdoor and athletic activities for adventures on your off days.
Medicine Mountain Scrub Company
Medicine Mountain Scrub Company was founded by Oriana, a neurology and orthopedic registered nurse. Oriana started Medicine Mountain Scrub Company so that every woman in medicine could go to work feeling prepared, beautiful, and comfortable so they could effectively care for their patients. All scrubs are designed with the highest quality fabric made in the USA and cut and ethically sewn in El Salvador. Medicine Mountain Scrub Company prioritizes transparency and trust while supplying high-quality, sustainable, functional medical scrubs.
Forgano offers comfortable, functional, versatile, and stylish footwear for nurses. Eunsook Choi, an RN from Florida, developed Forgano footwear after noticing how often her co-workers had to replace their ill-fitting shoes. Forgano sneakers are made with foam insoles and knit upper material to provide comfort and support so women in the healthcare industry can look and feel their best.
Stink Balm Odor Blocker
Stink Balm Odor Blocker was created by a female emergency room RN looking for a discrete way to mask odors without embarrassing patients while on the job. The Stink Balm Odor Blocker stick is a discreet, convenient, and effective method to conceal the everyday odors of the hospital. Simply apply the balm under the nose, take a deep breath, and return to work without the foul odors.
Working as a new nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic, Margo was over-stuffing her pockets with supplies to cut down on the number of trips to the supply closet during her shift. This inspired her to create a comfortable but sleek utility bag for nurses. The bags have plenty of pockets to store your shift essentials and are made of water-repellent polyester, so they can easily be wiped down. Rumii bags are both functional and stylish and perfect for busy nurses.
Riot Healers is an apparel company created by a community health nurse passionate about human rights, social justice, and health equality. Sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, Riot Healers was founded by Jaclyn Camardo to uplift healthcare workers and address social disparities through apparel and accessories. Riot Healers values sustainability and transparency. All garments are ethically produced in the United States, and packaging is made of 100% plastic-free, biodegradable, and recycled material so you can support your favorite cause while also supporting the environment.
ProudNursesForever is a female nurse-owned jewelry brand that creates fashionable and affordable accessories for healthcare providers. The nurses at PNF hand-pick every piece featured on their website and each unique piece is ideally crafted to make the perfect gift for any healthcare professional.
Grace Health Scrubs
Tina Payne is the CEO and registered nurse behind Grace Health Scrubs LLC. This Black-owned retailer, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, offers its customers affordable, comfortable, and durable name-brand nursing and medical scrubs, shoes, accessories, and more.