- SUCCESS STORIES -
Your behind-the-scenes look at a few of the many (many!) success stories of RN2writer Members
When Dawn first reached out to RN2writer, she felt squeezed out of her children’s lives because of her work.
When asked why she wanted to leave clinical nursing, she said, “Because of the time commitment expectation, without regard to your life outside work. No support from upper management, but constant increasing expectations in the same time frame and no increased compensation.” Her exasperation with nursing was clear.
Plus, Dawn always wanted to be a writer. “I started nursing saying I wanted to use it to write. I have always wanted to write, but I had no clue how that might work - or if it could work, at all,” she said. “When I saw RN2writer’s offer for a $5 book, I thought, well heck, why not? And then I was hooked!”
Still, investing in coaching or courses to learn an entirely new career can feel daunting. Dawn was no different.
While she was still working TWO nursing jobs and caring for her sons, Dawn worked her way through the modules of our two foundational courses and attended every coaching session to learn the fundamentals of freelancing.
Then the exciting news came in two words:
Dawn’s first published article for Verywell Health debuted on May 19, 2022. And not only was this her first byline, but her first PAYCHECK as a writer, too! Her next success as a writer was a personal one.
"With my first contract and published article, I was able to shut up my nay-saying family members,” Dawn laughed. “Writing wasn't ‘a hoax,’ it wasn't ‘a get rich quick scheme,’ - it couldn't be if I had an actual contract with a legitimate company. No, I made this happen. It was fun to just sit back and enjoy watching them all finish their meal of crow.”
Today, Dawn is slaying it on social media and building her writing empire - something she always wanted to do.
“With all the guidance I received from the many offerings at RN2Writer, I have started my own LLC, launched my own website, cultivated a network on LinkedIn, have successfully marketed myself as a freelance writer and secured a contract from my own Letter of Introduction. Yep, I did that!” Dawn said.
“This has been a great start to an awesome ride. I'm super excited to see how high I can go! Thanks to Elizabeth Hanes and RN2Writer I know the sky is the limit.”
When Sarah joined the RN2writer family in 2021, she had already been working as a freelance health writer for two years. And although she was making money, figuring out freelancing on-the-fly was causing her a lot of stress.
“I didn’t personally know any freelance health writers,” Sarah said, “and I definitely didn’t know any nurses who were freelance writers.”
That meant she had no one to help her figure out the questions that arose in her mind on a weekly basis:
- Is this client mad at me? I haven’t heard back from them for days.
- How much should I be charging?
- Should I be asking for more money for this project?
- Is there a way to maximize my business beyond what I’m already doing?
Then she found RN2writer and everything changed.
At last, Sarah had not only the guidance from a seasoned expert (and nurse!) but also support from a peer group of nurses who likewise were pursuing health writing as a career. Finally, Sarah’s questions had answers!
“Since joining RN2writer, I’ve raised my prices, taken on new clients, played around with writing proposals for high-ticket projects, and secured some new anchor clients,” Sarah reports. “My number one goal was to make a full-time living as a writer, and now I’m definitely on my way there. I highly recommend RN2writer programs!”
After 16 years of nursing in high-acuity intensive care and other clinical areas, Rebecca Myers was thinking, “Now what?” She had obtained an MSN - which only proved to her she had zero interest managerial or administrative positions. So. What to do next?
Then, in March, 2021, a Facebook ad appeared in her feed: Become a nurse-writer.
“I saw the ad and thought WOW! That's interesting! Could I do that?” she said.
After reading the ebook, Rebecca went all-in on her desire to become a professional health writer, purchasing The Complete Guide to Content Marketing Writing for Nurses course for $1,200. She worked through the modules, attended the coaching sessions, set up her business, created a website, retooled her LinkedIn profile to reflect her emerging career as a freelance writer, and then…
Did absolutely nothing. For more than six months.
“In January of 2022, I had a gastric sleeve surgery because I’d gotten to a point where I couldn’t lose any more weight and was starting to have a lot of problems,” Rebecca explained. “The surgery has been amazing! But with all the changes to my body and everything I paused working my business.”
What happened next reveals exactly how easy it can be to land work as a nurse writer. Rebecca did it with virtually zero effort.
Out of the blue, in early June, 2022, Rebecca unexpectedly received a private message on LinkedIn. This prospective client had a potential writing gig for her.
That sudden contact by a prospect might throw some aspiring writers off, but it didn’t faze Rebecca.
“The practical steps you laid out for us in RN2writer made it easy to respond to this client,” Rebecca said. She knew the next thing to do was to set up a meeting with the prospect to discuss the scope of work. They had a Zoom call the very next day.
Rebecca landed the gig. Completed the assignment. Got rave reviews from the client.
Next, she sent an email to RN2writer:
“I got my first check today! I’m officially a professional writer. I know my next clients can’t be far behind.”
Rebecca generously attributes much of her success to RN2writer’s programs.
“Once I realized that Elizabeth really is ‘the nurse who knows content,’ I just followed her directions step-by-step,” Rebecca said. “Without RN2writer, I never would have started my LLC or set up my website so early in the process. This check for a few thousand dollars will more than pay for everything I’ve invested in RN2writer so far - plus what it cost me to set up my business.”
Now that she’s broken the ice on her writing career, Rebecca sees her future clearly.
“In a year, I see myself as having anchor clients and doing special assignments. AND becoming incrementally more successful as a nurse writer. I will be on my way to early retirement from the hospital and living at the beach where I make my living as a nurse writer,” she says. “I can’t thank you enough!”