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Meet the creative mind behind the Savvy Nurse Writer!

Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB, started her nursing career in a community hospital learning the basics of labor and delivery, admitting patients, the normal newborn, and scrubbing into the operating room. She quickly became a breastfeeding resource nurse and certified CPR instructor. In 2007, she took a position in a higher acuity facility in the Cleveland, Ohio area. There she worked postpartum and labor and delivery. She became the assistant manager and educated new nurses, developed educational content, and managed other labor and delivery specifications. From then until now, she has obtained her high-risk OB certification and her BSN.

Hi, I'm Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB.

how it all started

I worked bedside for over 20 years as a labor and delivery nurse. Back in 2013, I felt burnt out, tired, not feeling like a good mom or wife because I was always at the hospital.

Maybe you can relate?

It’s not because I didn’t like my job, I LOVED my job, but I love my family more. I thought, “there has to be a way to use my nursing skills away from the bedside.” 🤔

That’s when I discovered freelance writing. 💡

Freelance writing is an untouched area that nurses are noticing can make a difference in patients’ lives, in an unconventional way. We got into nursing to help people, but that doesn’t mean we have to be at the bedside in order to do that.

If you’re like me and most nurses I work with sometimes we don’t think we’re qualified to write because that’s not what our degree was for.

Let me share with you what nurse freelance writers do:

Nurse writers earn extra income to add to student loan debt or create a side gig.

Nurse writers want to help educate their patients…with their words.

My goal is to help other nurses discover this side job with my resources, course, and podcast episodes. 

janine kelbach

She started writing for different healthcare blogs and websites in 2012. Janine is currently still writing articles and social media content for publishing companies and various clients. In 2020, when COVID-19 hit, Janine had to pivot her business model. She had to become a homeschool teacher and had an idea to subcontract some of her work to her other nurse writer friends. It worked, and it grew quickly into a small agency model, which is where we are today. Janine enjoys spending time with her husband, two young boys, and their Great Danes, Marvin and Jupiter. She enjoys the beach, outdoors, working out, running, but most of all, she loves being a busy mom.

Podcast Episodes You Can Find Janine On

LIKE A BOSS WITH LORALYN MEARS & GUEST JANINE KELBACH

Women In Tech ☆ Like a BOSS With Loralyn Mears & Guest Janine Kelbach

Janine Kelbach spoke to Loralyn Mears about burn out at the bedside and how pivoting to a career in writing helped her – and the other nurses she’s helped – find balance and happiness in her life.
bow podcast

The Business Of Writing Podcast ☆ How to Land Medical Writing Gigs

In this episode, Janine will teach you how to make the leap into medical writing, how to land those first new projects, and how to get a steady stream of client work.
The Stay At Home Nurse

The Stay At Home Nurse ☆ Getting Paid to Write as a Nurse

In the 15th episode of The Stay At Home Podcast, Janine shares how she started writing and how she now helps others to do the same.
horkey hq

Horkey HQ ☆ Janine Kelbach: The EntrepreNURSE

Janine’s first paid online gig was just $5(!), but that’s all it took for her to realize the massive opportunity that the online world has to offer. This EntrepreNURSE has impacted the lives of so many people – in so many different ways! Find out how she’s built massive success and why she continues to serve as a nurse.
Nursing Uncensored Podcast

Nursing Uncensored Podcast ☆ Be a Health Content of The Savvy Scribes PodcastWriter With Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB

Janine and Adrianne cover the basics of Health Content Writing. What is it? Who does it? Where do we find their work? You may be surprised to hear her answers. Then you may be empowered to try it yourself.
FREELANCING AS A SIDE HUSTLE WITH A DAY JOB WITH JANINE KELBACH-EP102

Advanced Freelancing Podcast ☆ Freelancing as a Side Hustle With a Day Job With Janine Kelbach - EP 102

Did you know that you don’t have to scale your freelance business up to a full-time job? Plenty of Freelancers have a goal of scaling their business to be able to replace their day job income, but others are perfectly happy with what they do from 9 to 5. If that’s you, you’ll love this episode with an experienced freelancer and nurse Janine Kelbach, who purposefully keeps her freelance writing biz as a part-time venture simply because she loves her job.
Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast

Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast ☆ Janine Kelbach - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 433

In this episode of Pharmacy Future Leaders, Janine shares her journey on how she became a leader in a nurse writer and coach.
Pharmacy Residency Podcast

Pharmacy Residency Podcast ☆ EP 41: Successful Home-Based Businesses With Janine Kelbach of the Healthcare Marketing Network

In this episode, Janine talks about what a successful home-based business is. Learn how she helps the beginners or established writers build their freelance writing business (from $o to 5 figures on a very part-time basis in one year).

Get Social Health ☆ The Launch of the Savvy Scribe Podcast

Hosts Carol Bush, Managing Editor of the HMN and Janine Kelbach, Operations Manager of the HMN announces the launch of The Savvy Scribe Podcast. Here they share why they decided to launch a podcast and what they plan to cover.

InnovaBuzz Podcast ☆ InnovaBuzz 382: How to Dominate Your Niche and Grow Your Business

I appeared on the InnovaBuzz Podcast to talk about: 1) The importance of niching down to a narrow area; 2) How I scaled my business by incorporating training; 3) Building an agency through partnerships and community

The Create And Prosper Show ☆ Episode 38: From Registered Nurse to Starting a Health Writing Agency With Janine Kelbach

In this episode, we talk about: 1) how Janine got started with freelance writing; 2) why it is important for you to think of your writing business as a BUSINESS and not a hobby from the very beginning; 3) Janine demonstrates an excellent way to find writing clients; 4) our favorite tools when it comes to coming up with content for clients
This Nurse Helps Other Nurses Grow Profitable Health Writing Businesses - Ep. 63

Financially Intentional ☆ This Nurse Helps Other Nurses Grow Profitable Health Writing Businesses - Ep. 63

Janine was interviewed by Naseema McElroy to talk about her nursing origin story, how she transitioned into a healthcare writer, and the program she built for nurse writers.
Tools to Organize and Grow Your Microbusiness

Be Who You Want To Be Podcast ☆ Janine Kelbach, Tools to Organize and Grow Your Microbusiness | Episode 61

Janine joined Kandas Rodarte in this episode to discuss about her journey from nursing to freelance writing to content agency, and offered some tips for effective time management. She also shared a few insights of her book, the EntrepreNURSE.

Write Your Book in a Flash Podcast With Dan Janal ☆ Janine Kelbach on Writing for The Medical Market

Janine shares some of the qualities of nurses that they can use to make extra money.
Advice for aspiring labor and delivery nurses

Cup of Nurses Podcast ☆ EP 136: Advice for Aspiring Labor & Delivery Nurses

Janine joined Matt Solarczyk & Peter Findura to talk about her bedside experiences and how to use nursing knowledge to create a business.
How to Market Your Nursing Skills

Trusted Health ☆ How to Market Your Nursing Skills

This event left the nurse audiences with a better understanding of their core skills, how to connect these core skills to future career opportunities, and how to market themselves in their resume and on LinkedIn.

The Stay at Home Nurse ☆ From Part-Time Freelance Nurse Writer to Full-Time Healthcare Content Marketing Agency With Janine Kelbach

Listen in as Janine shares with us her reason for leaping into full-time entrepreneurship, how the pandemic caused her to pivot her business and more.

Navigating Nursing School Podcast ☆ EXPERT TIP #2: How be a better patient advocate in nursing school!

In this episode, Janine is sharing the BIGGEST secret that helped her succeed in nursing school, even with the additional challenge of having a baby during nursing school.
passive income nurse podcast

The Passive Income Nurse ☆ Create a Profitable Online Freelance Writing Business, Escape Bedside Burnout AND Make Extra Money!

In this episode, I included my special offer as part of our Nurses Week celebration that runs from May 6-12, 2022.
Episode 13 - Janine Kelbach

The Stay at Home Nurse ☆ From Part-Time Freelance Nurse Writer to Full-Time Healthcare Content Marketing Agency With Janine Kelbach

I was so thrilled to join Damion Jenkins in his podcast where we discuss Bringing Creativity & Independence Back into Your Nursing Practice for Career Satisfaction!

Serve Scale Soar ☆ From Nurse To Leveraged Program Creator: How Janine Kelbach Used Her Healthcare Experience to Grow A Successful Business

In this episode of Serve Scale Soar®, I was interviewed by Brandi Mowles where I shared how I went from being a nurse to a nurse writer agency to a leveraged program creator.

The NursePreneurs ☆ Savvy Nurse Writer

I joined Catie Harris in this podcast to talk about my turning point, starting Savvy Nurse Writer, value of education-based healthcare content, and become a healthcare content writer.