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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.
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.
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.
Guest: Margaret Floyd, a nutritional therapist, writer, and real food advocate. She is also my favorite go-to expert about all food and nutrition related advice.
About the topic:
If you have a chronic health issue that won’t go away no matter how much you do everything “right”, then this interview is a must for you. Margaret will share some of the clinical insights she’s been finding with her clients to get at the root of even the most stubborn chronic issues. It could be hidden in what you’re eating and, more importantly, how your body is (or isn’t) digesting it.
About the guest:
Margaret Floyd is a nutritional therapist, writer, and real food advocate. She’s has been on the pursuit of the ideal, nutritious, and delicious way of eating for the better part of her adult life.
Margaret received her Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association and was certified as a Holistic Health Counselor by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also a Certified GAPS Practitioner, a Certified Healing Foods Specialist, is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and has a thriving private practice in Los Angeles, California through which she supports clients throughout North America and Europe to achieve true health and vitality through diet and lifestyle changes.
She currently blogs at www.eatnakednow.com as well as several other health-related websites. You can connect with her at www.facebook.com/takeitalloff,www.twitter.com/margaretfloyd, or www.pinterest.com/margaretfloyd/
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Amanda Gore is an internationally renowned motivational speaker and author in the fields of joy, resilience and leadership. She blends modern scientific research with ancient wisdom to create amazing joy filled experiences for her audiences. A frequent radio and TV expert interviewed for her comments, her YouTube channel has had over one million views.
Founder of The Joy Project, an international organization dedicated to eradicating fear and helping people rediscover their joy, Amanda wrote, "Joy Is An Inside Job" as the basis of The Joy Project. Her previous book, "You CAN Be Happy," was translated into 10 languages and was the precursor to her current passion - The Joy Project - helping one million people become walking joy spots!
Amanda has won several awards for her speaking and is one of only three non-USA individuals inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame. Visit www.thejoyproject.com and www.amandagore.com.
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Alijandra's guest tonight is her former sister-in-law and long time friend, Jill Widmann. Jill, also known to family as Gillie, is a natural psychic and conscious medium. She will be doing readings for the listeners. She and Alijandra will also discuss a subject close to their hearts: animal rights and animal communication.
A lifelong vegetarian and then vegan, Jill has been an animal rights advocate since childhood. She has a background of service in a local major animal wildlife hospital as a certified wildlife caregiver. She is a naturally gifted intuitive who invents things and creates music in her sleep.
Her Facebook page, Jill K. Widmann, is connected to organizations and animal rights people all over the world. You can connect with her there, or call her at 916- 764-1388.
Alijandra is an internationally-known author, teacher, healer and vehicle for both Source information and energy and ascended master St. Germain. She delights in travelling the Multiverse as a messenger for the Galactic Federation of Light, and a representative of the Archangelic League of Light. She has currently started introducing her group of Rainbow Liquid Light guides of the 12th dimension to her healers in training.
In the field professionally 30 yrs, she is the founder/author of Healing with the Rainbow Rays, published in 1995. About 16 years ago, she began to develop the modality of "Transfigurational Matrix Healing". In the last 4 years, she developed the Rainbow Liquid Light work for ascension, which continues her work begun over 15 years ago on reversing the aging process and immortality. Her website is www.colorhealing.com. She has 3 popular sites on Facebook: Healing with the Rainbow Rays, Accelerated Manifesting, and Rainbow Dolphin Pod Healing. Her twitter site is alijandra7777.
The Taxpayer Advocate Service, an ombudsman for the IRS, is responsible for assisting taxpayers in resolving certain problems with the IRS, including financial hardships, significant costs and delays, and lack of communication from the IRS. The Advocate presents an annual report to Congress identifying systemic problems that exist within the IRS and, to the extent possible, proposing changes in its administrative practices and identifying potential legislative changes that may mitigate such problems. This podcast with attorney Joshua Nesser will discuss the Advocate’s 2015 report and how it will affect taxpayers.
Fried, dyed, and laid to the side is a phrase the Fred G Sanford often used on the TV show Sanford and Son but it all To easily could be used to describe the trials and tribulations of traumatic brain injury are other disabilities! so tonight we're going to discuss what it will take for all of us survivors to Dream Big and often!
Emotional Roller Coaster
Finding Your Own Power
Learning to Take Charge of Self
Finding Inner Peace
I have not lived through multiple traumatic Brain Injuries and Aneurysms and several rare neurosurgical procedures to be a weakling, to surrender, to fall apart at the seams, Archie's failure as an option! No, it's time to be a Dream Catcher in 2015. it's time to find your confidence again and come out of the shadows of darkness and into the light! because I was once a week. I am now strong, because of my failures.
I will persevere and because I'm alive. I have a purpose and you do to so join me tonight on Dream Catchers with Les Paul as we strive to make a difference and overcome the fear and darkness that surrounds us!!!
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