WelcomeJoan Shaver, Dean UA College of Nursing
RN Patient Advocates in participation with The College of Nursing, University of Arizona invite you to join the RNPA Learning Intensive.
This is the only course of study offered exclusively to experienced, clinical RNs to become Independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs). This program has been developed over 11 years by Karen Mercereau, RN, iRNPA, a nationally recognized visionary leader in healthcare”. ~ Joan L. Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN
- A Life-Saving Team
Phil is a 63-year-old CPA who had devastating black ulcerations devouring both thighs, poorly controlled diabetes and diabetic ulcers, suffering from poor nutrition and very poor pain control. His physicians were arguing about the diagnosis and Phil’s legs continued to deteriorate, actually disappearing – painfully. More
- Leading Edge Medicine
Eva is a 37 year old high school biology teacher, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and crippled by headaches that were not responding to therapy, covered with cysts, suffering with systemic yeast infections and multiple allergies, suffering from poor nutrition with significant GI problems and obesity. More
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Founded in 2002, RN Patient Advocates provides:
- The only Learning Intensive preparing qualified RNs to become Independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs). This nationally recognized Learning Intensive is offered in association with the University of Arizona, College of Nursing.
- The National Network of RN Patient Advocates: Mentoring, Continuing Education, Collaborative Practice, Shared Governance
- Our Mission is to empower people in their health care through Advocacy, Education and Guidance through the health care system.
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Always an Advocate…
I was always the family patient advocate. That the system was broken became more and more obvious over the years as I worked on their behalf. I was a patient advocate in the clinical arena as well, though that too was becoming increasingly difficult. By 2002,
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Acutely ill? Facing Chronic Conditions? Need help in a medical emergency? We RN PATIENT ADVOCATES can help!
How an RN Patient Advocate can help you:
Advocate on your behalf with all of your physicians – asking those questions you do not know how to ask
Research all of your treatment options and teach you the possibilities
Guide you through the maze of the medical system
Ensure open communication throughout your health care team
Who is an independent RN Patient Advocate (iRNPA)?
Enjoy a new career in patient centered advocacy - Become an iRNPA!
"In a year's time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family , my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful." Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA
"This has been the most intensive, informative and exceptional learning experience I've had in 25 years of nursing." Antoinette Ryba, iRNPA
"The way of the future of nursing...an absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Karen is a wonderful mentor who has put her heart and soul into this program. Passion Vision Perserverance" Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA
The Learning Intensive did an amazing job of conveying the groundbreaking model of Karen Mercereau with clarity, humor and heart. Marla Bass, RN, DNP, iRNPA
"The RNPA Learning Intensive has been so very motivational for me. RN Advocacy is a path I have wanted to pursue for a long time but now I have a framework for how to practice. Mercereau is a true innovator in this field. " Elizabeth Onorato, RN, iRNPA
Absolutely a fabulous program that will prepare passionate and dedicated nurses to become independent practitioners that will empower one patient at a time. Patti Pumford, RN, iRNPA
The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA. Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA
Know about juicing? Having trouble eating all those servings of fruits and vegetables the nutritionists tell us we need? Looking for a healthy jump start on losing weight?May 13, 2013 10:39 am
Juicing is emerging as a wonderful approach to easily improving your health in a number of ways. Martha Grout, MD, suggests that we consider these benefits:
Detoxify: You can detoxify through fasting without actually giving up everything except water. You can get more vitamins that you could possibly eat if you ate the whole fruits and vegetables
Decrease insulin resistance (precursor of diabetes) without actually having to take a pill
Can you imagine actually eating the following every day? 2 apples, 2 pears, 2 cucumbers, half a bunch of celery, a big bunch of kale, a bunch of spinach, 3 carrots, 1 turnip, 1 parsnip, 1 beet, 1 lemon, 2 little limes, half a head of cabbage.
Raise your hand if you’ve heard of leptin! No? This could be one of your keys to losing weight!May 9, 2013 10:17 am
Dr. Leila Turner explains that “leptin is a hormone that is released from your fat cells when you are "full" towards the end of a meal. If ,however, your leptin receptors are "resistant" then they do not tell the brain you are "full" and that second portion of spaghetti ends up being "needed" to make you feel full. Again, testing for this is a simple blood test, if your blood leptin is elevated, when fasting then you have a degree of leptin resistance working against your good healthy eating intentions.” Closely related to insulin, leptin helps burn fat as well. What to do to reverse leptin resistance? Eliminate processed sugars and refined grain products, eat plenty of good protein and…….good news! Eat all the healthy fats you desire. Want to learn more?
Such a variety of doctors now – MDs, DOs, NDs, Homeopaths, Chiropractors and more…what is the difference?May 8, 2013 7:56 am
How do you pick what is best for you? Interesting question. The world of medicine has expanded greatly in the past 25 years. The Human Genome Project of the 90’s - which mapped the human genome and changed medicine forever – greatly influenced the development of additional scientific approaches to health care.
For acute illness the conventional approach of medications and/or surgery may be your best plan. However, for chronic/degenerative or autoimmune illness, there is a whole world of more effective approaches to help your body heal. Martha Grout, MD, of the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, describes this thoroughly. Learn more here...
Up to 80% of Americans are low in magnesium. So? Should we worry?May 7, 2013 9:59 am
Perhaps. Better yet, get your RBC magnesium level checked (insurance pays for this) and see if you are low. It’s an easy fix. Magnesium is critical for heart health, to reduce blood pressure and lower stroke risk. Millions are on “stomach acid blockers” like Prevacid or Prilosec. Problem: they block absorption of magnesium. Dr. Mary Ackerley, a leading psychiatrist in Tucson, explains “Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are anxiety, depression, constipation, twitches, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure and restless legs. Heavy stress depletes magnesium levels, as do the following drugs – steroids, BCP’s, Insulin, Digitalis, antibiotics and diuretics”.
So, going to get your RBC magnesium checked? Learn more about this here…
What’s in our bottled water besides water?May 7, 2013 12:12 am
We all drink bottled water nowadays – ever mindful that water trumps juice or soda for health, right? Right. However, that water may contain contaminants. The Environmental Working Group has done an exhaustive study. 18% of all bottled waters refuse to cite the source of their water and 32% refuse to disclose anything about the treatment or purity of their water. This could be a problem since, along with the BPA in the plastic itself (released with heat – perhaps from sitting in the warehouse), we may be exposed to other toxins such as hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen.
Want to shop safer, to learn more about the bottled water culprits? Read the Environmental Working Group’s report here…