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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.
Join Margaret Sisson and me as we discuss the two perspectives of what it is like when a daughter/son is placed in a psych hospital from the parent and patient angle.
Stigma is so rampant when it comes to hospitilization and the emotional effects can be lasting and devastating on the individual and the families.
Let's break down some stigma and get to the root of the issues!
Mr. Dominique Alexander of the (NGAN) an advocate for Human Rights and Civil Rights. Next Generation Action Network is a Multi-cultural not for profit organization striving for social change for all people regardless of race,religion,nationality,gender or age.
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"YOUR BIRTH RIGHTS ARE NOT FOR SELL AT ANY PRICE" Heb 12, Gen 28:15 & James1:4
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow wearyor exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds...
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At 6:15-Marcy Williams
.Join us tonight at 6:15 in The Ladies Lounge as Kathy B welcomes Marcy Williams into the studio to share her book, He vs She, which is a book that analyzes the gap in pay between men and women. Historically, men have made $.70 to every $.30 paid to a woman.
At 7:15-Early Jackson
Early L jackson profoundly recognized as a Social Activist, has been laboring to bring balance, skill, relevance and understanding to people of all nationalities. After effectively overcoming a stretch of drug addictions, Early has highly developed himself to become a successful life coach.
Early Jackson Jr, is a heavily sought after teacher and conference speaker; he has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally. He is the author of “Groomed For Greatness: 31 Days To An Empowered Life”, 50 Affirmations For Next Level Living", "Tweet Your Way To Greatness" and “10 Mistakes I Made Before 30 & How To Avoid Them” as well as a variety of Coaching CD series. His overarching belief “If we are to exercise our full status and potential in this life we must be retrained in our daily behavior and mind sets” is a prevalent and recurring theme in his teachings.
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Author & Relationship Advocate, Quinton Morgan is back again to tackle a sensitive subject. Join us as they discuss, How Do We Handle The Needs of Emotional Desires. You definitely want to be a part of the conversation at 619-924-0933. You've heard it here from your favorite radio station, Source Radio Network.
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