Monday Mar 04, 2024

S2E31 How one nurse launched a solutions based business to combat workplace violence with Mel Cortez



We interview nurses who are business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders. We want to hear inspiring stories from the nurse next door who is making a difference in the entrepreneurial and business space. My mission is for you to own your seat at the table of nurse entrepreneurship, gaining confidence, skills, and freedom to live your life on your own terms. You will dream big and expand your consciousness as an entrepreneur.

Welcome our guest today, Melissa Cortez founder of  Cortex Gold, New Braunfels, Texas.  Today’s episode, “How one nurse launched a solutions based business to combat workplace violence.”

About Mel Cortez

Mel is a registered nurse and entrepreneur. Mel Cortez graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As a Critical Care Travel Nurse for over 10 years, she has been in many facilities across the country. In addition to Nursing Supervision roles in acute care, Mel has held various management positions within Home Health, Hospice, and Long-Term Care prior to returning to the bedside to serve as a Critical Care Traveler in the Northeast in March of 2020. After 2 pivotal years caring for patients in the Covid 19 Pandemic, she then chose to launch the Cortex Brand, a solution-based business. Cortex’s latest project, Cortex Gold has a primary focus on creating a Gold Standard for Healthcare Security while reducing the rising violence at the bedside through tactical, practical innovations in the realms of product, training, and research. She is a content expert in regard to Healthcare Workforce Satisfaction and Retention, Workplace Violence Reduction and the implementation of systems-wide training programs that are both cost-effective and delivered efficiently during operational tempo, Mel holds licensure in North Carolina and Texas and is a member of the TNA, ANA and IAHSS (International Association of Healthcare Security).

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