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Karen Mercereau is a nationally recognized visionary leader in healthcare, known for her ability to transcend challenges, and create opportunity from complexity. This was the quality behind her founding of RN Patient Advocates in 2002, for which she received a Purpose Prize Fellowship. A clinical RN for 45 years in diverse intensive care as well as community health settings, Karen was also integral in developing the first hospice in Tucson, AZ. Recognizing the dearth of public health programs available in the AIDS community in the late 1980’s, she chaired a countywide consortium to develop AIDs relief programs in Tampa Bay. Karen has also been instrumental in the design and implementation of hospital and health care systems, lecturing nationally on their wider applications. Currently, Karen heads the RN Patient Advocate Learning Intensive in association with the University of Arizona College of Nursing. This immersion learning program for qualified clinical RNs prepares them for the development of their own practices as independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs).
Karen is also the leader of the RN Patient Advocate Group Practice in Southern Arizona comprised of independent RN Patient Advocates who provide both individual RN Patient Advocate services as well as community health literacy programs. She is the President of Health Education and Advocacy Leaders, Inc., a foundation she started to support community health literacy programs.
CareGiverStory.com is honored to have as our special guest Mary Aime’-Juedes RN, BSN, iRNPA.
Mary graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She moved to Arizona in 1997 after freezing in Wisconsin just long enough. Her experience includes Medical/Surgical nursing, Oncology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Clinical Research, Workers Compensation Case Management, Managed Care Sales & Marketing, Utilization review, and Integrative and Functional Medicine.
The 20+ years of widely-varied experience and advanced training in RN Patient Advocacy has prepared her for her most recent endeavor as a Personal RN Patient Advocate.
Mary is happily married for more than 20 years to the ‘boy across the street’. She is the self-proclaimed “favorite” aunt to 10 nieces and nephews. Mary’s hobbies include traveling, acrylic painting, interior design and music. Her claim to fame is playing her flute in Carnegie Hall.
Patient Advocacy is an important area of specialization concerned with a patient’s knowledge regarding the use of health plans, insurance, understanding medication that has been prescribed to you as well as your diagnosis and treatment. With the Institute of Medicine reporting that anywhere between 44,000 and 98,000 hospital patients die every year due to medical mistakes, it is increasingly vital that patients have someone to help guide them.
In this episode of iNurse Radio, our host Jeff Allen chats with Ava Sammarco, LPN, regarding the importance of patient advocacy, how patients can avoid succumbing to the problems in our healthcare system and the questions you should be asking as a patient to ensure you receive above standard medical care.
Ava Sammarco, LPN
Ava Sammarco is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Park Creek, a residential care center located in Park Creek, Buffalo.
With more than 35 years in the field Ava is an expert in geriatric and acute care as well as patient advocacy, one of her favorite topics! She is also the host of a radio show called "Nurses Notes" and television show entitled "Health Focus".
Exhibiting artist, entrepreneur of a leading design firm in Australia, patient advocate for pelvic pain, creator of her own line of French greeting cards and coming soon working on a film documentary with Peter Lamont, Soula Mantalvanos is amazing in her own right. Add in the love story with her husband Theo who stands by her side as partner in the firm to ongoing supportive caregiver since her accident causing the ongoing disability.
Since Soula lives in constant pain, did they close up shop and call it quits? No, instead their design studio at home is now an international example by media including on The Design Files and designers of universal design at its best: hidden, unaware, completely the couple's own style, and a beehive of creativity and design solutions.
While an accident left her in constant chronic pelvic pain, she adapted by creating her design station at different levels so she could be in different positions. Then recently she took another step and went public, creating the largest pelvic pain library online.
Many stories in one- from being one of today's creative leaders, to patient advocacy with real solutions, to an old fashion love story- meet Soula and Theo live.
MONDAY, December 17, 2012
Tonight our incredible special guest is patient advocate, Jenni Davis. She is the Oncology Counselor and Patient Advocate for Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria, California. With 20 years experience in the Worker's Compensation field as a vocational rehabilitation counselor she has a great knowledge of community resources and has coordinated and facilitated support groups, educational programs and financial resources for cancer patients, their families and caregivers.
We welcome Jenni as a vetted caregiver support group leader and call on her experience and knowledge to help our Huntington's community. The philosophy is that all caregivers whether for cancer or HD have the same issues of stress and face many challenges in caring for their patients.
Thank you Jenni for caring to share your lifes' work and experience with us.
Martine Ehrenclou is an award-winning author, patient advocate and speaker. Her latest book, The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get the Best Medical Care empowers people to become proactive, assertive and well-informed participants in their own health care. With advice and personal stories from over 200 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals and patients, The Take-Charge Patient reveals insider information inn how to cut through the red tape and navigate today's complex health care system with confidence.
She has been interviewed on NBC Nightly News, KCAL 9/CBS News, Good Day Dallas, NPR and many more shows. We will talk about valuable information on are how to find the best doctor for you, how to prepare for a doctor's appointment to maximize the 7-15 precious minutes, The Patient's Toolkit, how to prevent medical errors, how to prevent medication errors, how to communicate effectively with your medical provider, why the relationship between doctor and patient is so important, how to find discount medical care, and much more.
She can outline strategies to enable patients to take charge of what they can. With health care on everyone's minds, how to navigate it is of utmost importance. Being an advocate for oneself and for others is also an important component of getting the best medical care.
Presented below is a Transformative Health interview with Patrick Coonan, dean of the College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University. Patrick talks about the changing nature of nursing, the role technology plays and the biggest changes he sees coming soon to the delivery of care.
With medical marijuana dispensaries that can sell to tourists set to open soon in Nevada, Las Vegas is rapidly becoming a hot spot for marijuana tourism. Longtime Las Vegas patient advocate Cindy Brown has been involved in the Las Vegas mmj scene for many years and will bring us up to date on what is happening in Sin City including when the dispensaries are expected to open, what will be the requirements to purchase and just how cannabis friendly is Las Vegas really becoming.
Keeping up with our nation’s rapidly changing marijuana laws can be a real challenge. Thankfully there is the Margolin Guide to Marijuana Laws in California and throughout the United States. As one of the longest practicing marijuana attorney’s in California and as director of the LA Chapter of NORML, Bruce Margolin has been involved in many precedent setting marijuana cases and has seen the changes in the marijuana law at all levels of government. As the show’s second guest, attorney Margolin will talk about how the guide came into being, what are its contents and how to use it when you need marijuana law information. Plus you can learn how you can obtain a free copy of this authoritative book.
The case of Kwame Teague, the Bestselling Urban Prison Author, award winning, critically acclaimed, and Essence named Kwame #1 bestselling author.
Mental Illness Advocate from inside Prison
News that Matters
Prisoner’s Perspective - Get Your Papers in Order
Events of Interest
Siteseeing Tour Bus goes to:
UN-RIDDLE – books by Kwame Teague - The Dutch series - Dynasty I, Dynasty II, Dynasty III
The Adventures of Ghetto Sam and the Glory of My Demise and Thug Politics under the pseudonym Dutch.
in Self Help
Jeff Lieberman wonders about the questions we all asked as 4-year-olds, but seem to have forgotten as adults. Who are we? How did we get here? Tune in as Sister Jenna is joined by Jeff Lieberman on the America Meditating Radio Show for a conversation about consciousness, science and spirituality.
Jeff Lieberman explores the connections between the arts, sciences, education, creativity, and consciousness. He hosted "Time Warp" on the Discovery Channel, reminding us of how little our senses detect and understand about reality. He composes music in the duo Knolls and shows sculptures internationally, exploring our unseen interconnectedness and interdependence. Having finished four degrees at MIT (Physics, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Media Arts + Sciences), he is exploring how the evolution of consciousness can cease human suffering. Visit http://bea.st/about.php. Watch Jeff’s TEDx Talk on Science and Spirituality
Get the OFF TO WORK CD & Off the Grid Into the Heart CD by Sister Jenna. Like America Meditating on FB & follow us on Twitter.
"In The Know with Sallie O. Elkordy" of AWAKE New York
Guest Karri Lewis of AWAKE California
Legal Expert Burt Freeman's on the Uniform Declaratory Judgements Act ~ 1922
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The Sports Hawks
Join Will Hawkins, Brian Rojas and guests at 7pm ET/4pm PT as they discuss:
Devil's Advocate - Questions that will be debated by The Sports Hawks Team, callers and listeners.
* Wizards Weekly: Reviewing last week's results and what is coming up for the week ahead.
* Capitals Weekly: Reviewing last week's results and what is coming up for the week ahead.
Washington Nationals News
- Many analyst believe it will be a "Colossal Failure" if the Nats don't win the World Series
- Bryce Harper says in a interview he will play smarter in 2015
* Redskins News: Review all of the roster moves this week
Local College Basketball Weekly: Georgetown, Maryland, VCU & Virginia
Other National Sports Headlines:
* Cowboys reportedly are worried about star Dez Bryant's off the field behavior
* Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is eligible for reinstatement after judge rules in his favor
* Earl Lloyd passed away at the age of 86. The first black NBA player
* Retired NBA big men Anthony Mason passed away at the age of 48
* Bulls PG Derrick Rose out 4 to 8 weeks with torn meniscus in the right knee
* NHL trade deadline is Monday, March 2nd at 3pm ET / Rumors and predictions
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