Many of you who follow PACB have met or know of Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN. Anne is both highly credentialed and experienced in clinical aspects of healthcare, but currently focuses her efforts primarily in patient advocacy. You can follow her prolific writings and posts at https://nursesadvocates.com/. As one of the founding board members of the Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) credential, Anne holds a special place for those of you pursuing careers in patient advocacy. To that end, she has compiled and offered to share some of her favorite resources.
Top Resources for Patient Advocates
By Anne Llewellyn
If decades of professional experience wasn’t enough…my journey as a patient sealed the deal…Today, I wholeheartedly believe everyone needs an advocate when they are thrust into the complex and confusing world of healthcare. As you ponder a career in patient advocacy, I hope the resources that follow will help you to learn about the profession and decide if it is a good fit for you. Most of all, my best wishes to you as you move forward in your patient advocacy journey!
Over the years, I have written a few Blog Posts on why people need patient/health advocates. It is my goal to help educate both consumers and professionals as to the importance of this issue and the reasons why everyone needs to have access to an advocate (paid or unpaid).
Some articles in the media about Patient Advocates
The Power of a Health Care Advocate
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Healthy Aging
Why You May Need a Health Advocate
by Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., AHRQ, AARP Bulletin, July, 23, 2010
How to Be Your Own Medical Advocate
by Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Huffington Post
Video: The BCPA Credential and Why It Is Important!
Video: How Patient Advocates Make a Difference
National Associations provide resources for those in the growing field of patient/health advocacy. Many offer education, networking, mentoring and resources for those who want to move into the field, or start and grow an advocacy business.
RNiie is a membership organization where nurses in business or independent practice can learn business and marketing skills, find business-building resources, gain access to promotional opportunities, and network with like-minded nurses.