Patient Advocacy Answers

What is an Independent RN Patient Advocate? What makes you different from the patient advocates in the hospital or the nurse advocate who calls me from my insurance company?

Independent RN Patient Advocates are nurses who work exclusively for you and only you. They are highly educated nurses who are knowledgeable in allopathic traditional medicine, functional medicine, and integrative medicine. We have no allegiance to a health care system or insurance company.

What kind of education did you need to become an Independent RN Patient Advocate?

Melissa Cardine MSN, RN, WOCN, iRNPA has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing. She has completed the RN Patient Advocate Program sponsored by the University of Arizona School of Nursing in conjunction with RN Patient Advocates, LLC in Tucson, Arizona. This is the only RN Patient Advocate program that is associated with a university school of nursing. It is only offered to exceptionally qualified nurses. The RN Patient Advocacy Program is the only program designed specifically for RNs to become independent patient advocates.

Does insurance cover your services? What are the fees?

iRNPA services are not currently covered by insurance.

Free 30 minute phone consultation

No obligation initial assessment- $250

Professional fees for continuing services will be assessed on an hourly basis

How long will I need the services of an Independent RN Patient Advocate?

The length of service depends on your individual circumstances and overall health goals. The initial consultation is a comprehensive review of your health history and a goal setting session that generally takes one to two hours. The complexity of your situation and the scope of your goals will determine the extent of your needs for education and support. Most individuals require two to three hours of professional services following their initial consultation. Individuals with complex acute or chronic illnesses may utilize iRNPA services on a reoccurring basis with monthly visits to review changes in conditions and treatments. The plan for utilization of the iRNPA is discussed and mutually agreed upon at the initial consultation and at each subsequent meeting.

Do you work with my doctors? Is my doctor going to be upset with me?

Independent RN Patient Advocates collaborate with other health care providers. We work with you and your doctors. We facilitate communication between health care providers to ensure there are no gaps in your care. We assist your physician by ensuring you understand proposed treatment plans. This helps decrease your fears and concerns, resulting in greater compliance and better outcomes.

Our goal is to enable better outcomes through individualized advocacy. A major objective of our consultation is training you through education to communicate more effectively with your health care providers. You should leave your physician appointments confident that you were your best advocate. You need to understand your choices and be prepared to work with your physicians in order to achieve wellness.

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