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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 230-236

The experience of Iranian entrepreneurial nurses on the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities: A qualitative study

1 Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
2 Department of Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran
3 Department of Nursing, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Dr. Heidarali Abedi
Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Arghavaniyeh, Jey St., Isfahan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_233_17

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Background: To respond to the growing and emerging needs of the people in the health sector, the nurses need to develop their working domain from the hospitals to the community and be prepared to provide entrepreneurial roles at different care levels. Thus, to discover how to identify entrepreneurial opportunities in the field of nursing entrepreneurship, a study was conducted with the aim of describing the experiences of Iranian entrepreneurs on the identification of proper opportunities in entrepreneurship. Materials and Methods: This study was a qualitative research in which the Graneheim and Lundman's content analysis was used to collect and analyze the data. Thirteen entrepreneurial nurses were purposefully selected, and the data were collected by unstructured interviews. Results: As a result of data analysis, three main themes were obtained including the resources for opportunity identification and opportunity assessment and identification of proper opportunities. Conclusion: The findings indicate how to identify entrepreneurial opportunities in the field of health by entrepreneurial nurses which is the first step in the entrepreneurial process. Therefore, the findings of this study can be used to educate nurses who are interested in entering the field of nursing entrepreneurship.

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