What People are Saying About RN Patient Advocates
RN Patient Advocacy in The News
Private Patient Advocates Help Navigate the Medical Maze, Chicago Tribune, May 2015 * This article spotlights an iRNPA Graduate.
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RNPA Intensive - Learning Experience
“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA
“The way of the future of nursing...an absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA
“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA
“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA! If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you! Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long
“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course! It is truly intensive but so worth it! I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can. All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” — Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor, www.healthcareadvisornan.com
Who are these nurses? They are independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs): highly qualified clinical RNs who have completed an advanced educational program: the RN Patient Advocates/University of Arizona College of Nursing Learning Intensive. There are now iRNPAs in 25+ states.
Where are they leading? There is a whole world of advanced medical research and clinical practice emerging globally: The Functional Medicine Chronic Care Model and Integrative Medicine. Sure, you may have heard the words, but do you realize the significance of this for your own health and well-being? This is the medicine of WHY? not the current medicine of WHAT?
Following the pattern of conventional medicine – so very valuable for acute medical situations such as heart attacks, strokes and surgery – does not lead to success in reversing the epidemic of chronic illness facing everyone on the planet right now. Understanding the underlying causes of illness – rather than just suppressing the symptoms – can lead to healing. iRNPAs know how to access this information, guiding you and your loved ones to physicians and therapists knowledgeable in this new medical approach.
Want to access advanced medical knowledge for yourself and your family? RN Patient Advocates are required to be knowledgeable in all these medical fields: conventional medicine, the Functional Medicine Chronic Care Model and Integrative Medicine. They teach, they guide. In this way iRNPAs can ensure the integrity of the diagnostic process (10-40% of all diagnoses are incorrect according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).
Once there is a correct diagnosis in place, iRNPAs research the full range of your treatment options in all fields of medicine – researching globally as well!
So, what can be done to get more accurate diagnoses? Another iRNPA leading edge approach: the MEDiKEY. This highly valuable tool can be a lifesaver. Typically, our medical records are scattered between several offices, are part paper and part electronic, are not presented to the right people in the right format at the right time.
How can this MEDiKEY help with this medical information gap? iRNPAs create a synoptic chronology of your entire available medical history that tracks Trends, Gaps in Care, Errors, and Clinically Significant Events that may be obscure, buried in your record. This tool is widely appreciated by physicians across the country and by ER personnel as well. It is typically 5-6 pages, double spaced, written in medical-ese. Physicians can get a grasp of the reality of your medical history in minutes. This reduces your risk of medical error!