Organizations/NetworksStarting a Nursing Consultation PracticeSchulmeister, Lisa M.N., R.N., C.S., O.C.N.Author Information LISA SCHULMEISTER is certified as an oncology nurse and medical-surgical CNS. She maintains an oncology nursing consultation practice, is an adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State University Medical Center, and is a member of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center in New Orleans. Clinical Nurse Specialist: March 1999 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 94-100 Buy Abstract Because the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role has been changed or eliminated in many hospital organizations, many CNSs in career transition are considering establishing collaborative or independent nursing consultation practices. Opportunities for consultants exist in diverse practice settings and specialties. Before starting a consultation practice, the CNS should carefully examine goals, identify resources, and begin contacting potential referral sources. He or she must also decide what form of business organization to establish and write a business plan to solidify ideas and prepare for the unexpected. Most CNS consultants rely on personal savings to cover initial business and personal expenses, and many continue working as a CNS until the consultation practice is established. Fees can be set based on community standards, what the market will bear, desired projected income, or a third-party payor's fee schedule. The consultation practice can be marketed by word of mouth, inexpensive advertising techniques such as distributing flyers and business cards, direct mail, and media advertising. In today's healthcare marketplace, opportunities abound for the CNS risk-taker interested in starting a nursing consultation practice. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.