Confused with your health care situation?
Feeling lost in the system? Angry or confused because no one is listening to you? Frightened about what may happen? Doing everything the doctors tell you and still not improving? An RN Patient Advocate is a highly skilled clinical nurse who is trained to empower you in the healthcare system, to teach you what is happening, to work closely with you and your family to protect your healthcare rights and safety.
Who is an independent RN Patient Advocate?
An RN Patient Advocate is a highly qualified clinical RN who has completed an intensive educational program from RN Patient Advocates, PLLC, co-sponsored by the University of Arizona, College of Nursing, to learn the Advocacy Process ©.
What are your independent RN Patient Advocates’ qualities?
- A broad base of in-depth clinical experience in a variety of specialties
- A strong clinical knowledge base and fluency in “medical speak”
- An in-depth understanding of the complexities of the healthcare system and ability to navigate within it
- An acceptance by and ability to work collaboratively with all your doctors and hospitals/institutions to advocate on your behalf, to ask those questions you don’t know how to ask.
How does an independent RN Patient Advocate help you?
|We advocate on your behalf with your doctors, the hospital, all medical personnel working with you; this helps to prevent medical errors.|
|We collect and process all the information about your case and teach you what is happening.|
|We carefully review all records to look for gaps: what diagnostic tests might have been missed, what results might have been overlooked, what changes in the current treatment might result in better health.|
|We provide health and wellness coaching – we teach you and your family about the relationship of your current illness to your whole medical history: illness doesn’t happen in a vacuum – a more in-depth understanding can lead to better health overall.|
|We collect all medical history records and compile a concise, evolving Medical Time Line © – this provides you and all your doctors with a concise, complete background which helps to avoid medical errors. Incomplete information leads to poor treatment choices by your doctors.|
|We research all the medical literature to discover the full range of treatment options for you including the traditional pharmaceutical/surgery approaches as well as the ever-widening body of Integrative Medicine options.|
|We teach you and your family about these options so you can best understand your health options and make an informed choice.|
|We guide you and your family to the most appropriate physician consultations to assist in your decision making.|
We facilitate the course of your medical treatment, ensuring good communication between all your doctors and therapists. This helps to prevent medical errors and save costs for unnecessary procedures.
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What doesn’t your RN Patient Advocate do for you?
|We do not make healthcare choices for you or your family, diagnose ailments, order treatments or replace the physician in any way.|
|We do not provide your total care in the hospital. Your RN Patient Advocate advocates for you, safeguarding your safety. Your Advocate is a complement to the hospital staff, not a replacement for it.|
We do not replace the Social Worker, Physical Therapist or Nutritionist. Your RN Patient Advocate will work cooperatively with all members of your healthcare team to ensure your best possible treatment.