As an RN Patient Advocate who works directly for you, I assist you and your family by protecting your healthcare rights and safety. I will collaborate directly with all members of your healthcare team to ensure the best possible treatment for the greatest outcomes.
On your behalf, I safeguard your well-being and serve as a complement to the hospital staff, not a replacement for it. I do not replace the bedside Registered Nurses, Physicians, Social Worker, Physical Therapist or Nutritionist.
I have an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the healthcare system and the ability to navigate within it. You choose from a wide range of services to determine how I can best fulfill your healthcare needs: :
- Advocate on your behalf with your doctors and hospitals, asking those questions most people do not know how to ask – this helps prevent medical errors.
- Educate you on what the medical terms really mean, explain what is happening with your condition, diagnosis and what other therapeutic options might be helpful to you.
- Attend doctor’s appointments with you, if you wish.
- Connect the dots ensuring that every doctor knows what every other one is doing on your case. Faulty communication causes medical errors.
- Analyze ALL your medical records to create a chronology of your complete history. This is very helpful in connecting the dots between doctors when you go to the ER or when you travel.
- Help to ensure an accurate diagnosis making sure that all necessary tests are ordered and not unnecessarily repeated.
- Research all of your treatment options, educating you and your family, ensuring that you consult with the most appropriate doctors, so you make the best choice for your health.
- Will spend time with you uncovering potential problems with your medications.
Services you would not receive from me as your RN Patient Advocate:
- Make healthcare choices for you or your family.
- Diagnose ailments, order treatments or replace the physician in any way.
- Provide any hands-on care, or patient’s total care in the hospital.
I invite you to meet with me for an introductory meeting. I will ask you to explain what is happening and what conditions you are now facing. Knowing this, I will be able to explain how I might best be able to help you and discuss what services as an RN Patient Advocate I am able to provide that would be most advantageous for you.