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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.
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".
Thanks to Cynthia Maurer for recommending Dr. Leo Rebello to this program: http://www.healthwisdom.org
Host Sallie O. Elkordy's contact: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sallie-O-Elkordy-for-NYC-Public-Advocate/587347554614900 and blog: http://BillionToddlerMarchForSurvival.blogspot.com/
The Powerful Patient has recently been granted full membership in the International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO), an organization of organizations worldwide,
IAPO is a unique global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare around the world.
IAPO members are patients' organizations working at the international, regional, national and local levels to represent and support patients, their families and carers. A patient is a person with any chronic disease, illness, syndrome, impairment or disability.
Joyce and Mike speak with Rachel Seal-Jones,Senior Policy Officer of IAPO, about the organization's activities. IAPO has recently been granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
IAPO will now actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways. This includes:
Attendance at meetings and access to the United Nations
Submission of formal statements and oral presentations to the Council and other UN bodies on relevant topics
Taking part in consultations with ECOSOC and other UN bodies
For additional informaion, please see http://www.patientsorganizations.org
Join us as we talk with Paul Szablowski, the Senior Vice President of Communications and Image at Texas Health Resources, about “Creating a Fascinating Patient Experience.” Paul contends that treating patients should not be limited to prescribing medication and ordering tests. Instead, hospitals should re-examine the entire patient environment starting from the minute patients walk through the door, including lighting in the building and the type of questions that are asked. All these items are important as healthcare organizations find new and exciting ways to engage patients and shift towards value-based, holistic care.
Gabe Howard is a motivational speaker, award-winning advocate, mental illness blogger and writer, as well a person living with severe bipolar and anxiety disorders. In the past ten years, he has made it his mission to put a face on mental illness that isn’t stereotypical. Society often sees people living with mental illness at their worst. He works to add a more balanced view to the conversation. Gabe is frequently irreverent, often too loud, and always unpredictable, but anyone who knows him will tell you that life would be so boring without him. You can connect with Gabe online at www.gabehoward.com.
Mike Lawing attended the Ninth European Kidney Cancer Symposium in Dublin last April, and has carefully crafted an excellent report to share that meeting with all the patients and family members who wished they could be there.
As usual, he has done an outstanding job.
In this interview, Mike and Joyce speak about this conference with Robin Martinez, moderator of the patient support conversation at Smart Patients, the successor to the ACOR "KidneyOnc" list. See http://www.smartpatients.com Participants were asked to submit questions in advance to Robin or to Powerful Patient.
In the conversation you will hear references to the following drugs:
Do any of these many poll results REALLY reflect what the "people" really think??
That is exactly what we are going to find out this week on Playing Devil's Advocate™ hosted by Ms. KiKi. This show will reveal how the cast really feels about topics from politics and child rearing in contrast to what the rest of America thinks! Though the cast of PDA has never been shy about how they feel, they have a feeling this week will be even more candid. As always you are invited to TUNE IN and VOICE YOUR OPINION!
And if that's not enough we have our Producer's "Drink of the Week", and our weekly “Ask PDA” advice letter!! If you want to give your two cents....contact us on Facebook, Twitter, via email, or in our interactive chat room or LIVE on-air Wed night!
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Joyce and Mike speak with Edward Grandi about Sleep Apnea, snoring, and getting enough sleep.
Grandi, the former executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association, is a nationally and internationally invited speaker in the field of sleep medicine to patient and professional groups. He has been praised in particular for his work raising awareness of the importance of sleep among drivers in the transportation industry, and highlighting the particular importance of sleep for women.
For more information on getting a diagnosis and on treatment options, see http://sleepapnea.org/
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