We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Dickson, BSN, RN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
This business exists because I needed a business like this seventeen years ago when struggling to balance nursing school while working in order to fund my education. One way I created income was to babysit for families who all loved using a nursing student. It was at this time that I thought all families deserved that level of trust and safety for their children and I knew more nursing students like myself needed a flexible work option. That was an idea I tucked away for 17 years as I began my nursing career and became a mom. In my career, I developed a passion for hiring and training exceptional staff and achieving high quality outcomes while providing excellent service. Born and raised in the Dallas area, I’ve watched the DFW metroplex grow as it has led or been among the top cities in recent years for people relocation. Every parent wants the absolute best in childcare, but how do you find that in a new area? Our sitter network of nursing students solves for this need as we can offer multiple sitter options and what we specialize in are the in-between times that daycare doesn’t meet such as date nights, weekend events, extra hands while working from home and especially those days when school is out, or kids are sick, and we need to go to work. We meet these needs in the safest way possible by hiring nursing students who are committed to quality and professionalism.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Being a nurse-owned company hiring nursing students exclusively to create a sitter network for families is how we aim to ensure families have the most trusted, safe and professional option when they need on-demand childcare. This passion to both help families like I needed help when my son was little and to mentor nursing students who are pursuing the challenging profession I love is what motivates me daily to continue business ownership, but it is not easy. I like to tell people that I imagined owning a business would be very difficult, nearly impossible, but it has proven to be 1000 times harder than my wildest dreams. And then the pandemic started and business ceased to exist. Keeping a new business alive when myself and everyone was struggling to navigate work, life, health, etc under unprecedented conditions was scary. Thankfully, we persisted and now SITTERNEEDED is once again helping families and our purpose of providing nursing students with flexible work continues. SITTERNEEDED takes on the responsibility of finding, screening, and actually hiring, our sitters as employees. Hiring them allows me to control the training that they receive on such important topics as safety and service which translates to a consistent level of quality care from sitter to sitter.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many wonderful areas with amazing restaurants and places to hang out such as Legacy West, Knox Henderson and Trinity Groves. If it’s a beautiful day outside, my favorite thing to do is watch my son play soccer or sit on a patio.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The profession of nursing and my 18-year nursing career has provided me more opportunities and growth than I ever expected. I am humbled to be part of an amazing group of nurses and I strive daily to represent the profession in a positive manner with each and every interaction I have in work and business.
The grid picture – Devon Tabor Photography