#77: Damion Jenkins: Fulfilling a Passion for Nurse Education


Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN, CEO and Author at The Nurse Speak, talks with Jason A. Duprat, Entrepreneur, Healthcare Practitioner and Host of the Healthcare Entrepreneur Academy Podcast. In this episode, they discuss how Damion’s passion for nurse education led him to start his own business to help new graduate nurses  prepare for the NCLEX. Damion provides insights into the early stages of making the leap from healthcare practitioner to entrepreneur.


Episode Highlights:

  • What was Damion doing before nursing school and how did he decide to pursue a career in nursing?

  • How did the NCLEX go for Damion? Was it an easy process or did he struggle with it?

  • Where was he working as a nurse when he decided to pursue entrepreneurship? 

  • How did Damion spot the problem he chose to address with his business? 

  • How did he get that business off the ground initially?

  • What are some of the biggest struggles he’s faced transitioning to full-time entrepreneurship?

  • What led Damion to focus his business on NCLEX prep?

  • What went through his mind when he started hiring? What did he want to off-load first and why?

  • What is the difference between a W-2 employee and a freelancer and why did Damion choose to hire freelancers?

  • What was the third-party platform Damion used to find freelancers?

  • How far is he in the process of developing his online course and what are some of the tips he offers to someone considering starting an e-learning course?

  • How has Damion approached offering package options for his online courses?

  • What are some resources Damion has found helpful during his entrepreneurial journey?


3 Key Points:

  1. It can be tempting to overextend your offerings. Finding a niche will help you focus on serving a specific audience with specific needs.

  2. When developing a course, consider how providing different packages or options may allow you to extend your reach. 

  3. Quality always drives business further than quantity. When you’ve honed your offering, people will pay more for your superior product or service.


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “You have to take the leap and be confident in the product or service you have.” – Damion Jenkins

  • “Let me focus on creating something amazing, that really meets the pain points of my target audience, do it really well and charge more than anyone else doing the same thing because I'm always going to be a little bit better.” – Damion Jenkins


Resources Mentioned:

  • The Nurse Speak Website


  • The Nurse Speak Facebook Group


  • The Nurse Speak Instagram


  • The Nurse Speak Twitter


  • National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA)


  • Your Next Shift Podcast


  • The Nurse Keith Show


  • Freeeup


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