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RN Patient Advocates Learning Intensive
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RN Patient Advocates
Updated:  September 2019
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Sponsored or provided by: RN Patient Advocates, PLLC
For students interested in:
Private Practice Advocacy or Navigation  
Cancer Navigation 
Specialized Focus:  This program will prepare you to begin a private practice as an independent RN Patient Advocate (iRNPA)

Medical / Navigational/Case Management 
Integrative Options 
Ethics / Best Practices 
Business of Advocacy 
Marketing and/or Career Counseling 
  Legal and Insurance Considerations

Nurse Advocacy  

  Clinically based encompassing western, Integrative, Functional Medicine paradigms, Systems Biology and Human Microbiome
Location or Attendance: The Online Component is 7 months. You will work in small groups and have weekly online video conference teaching sessions. The Residential Component is 7 days long and held at a Learning Retreat in the mountains north of Tucson, AZ. (See calendar for upcoming schedule)
Time to complete: Online 7 months. Residential 7 days.
Tuition/ Fees/ Other Costs: $75 application fee, tuition $6399
Financial Assistance or other discounts: Not available.
Admission Pre-requisites: Desire to be a Pioneer in this new practice model for experienced Clinical RNs

A strong clinical knowledge base with a practice of ongoing education; a demonstrated Life Learner

An interest and initial knowledge base in Integrative and Functional Medicine principles and modalities

Well developed teaching and communication skills

The ability to function both independently and assertively
An understanding of creative problem solving using Critical Thinking skills

Experience, enjoyment and ease with internet data mining

An active RN license with 5+ years of varied and consistent clinical practice
Post Program Support: Yes
Additional Information: The Residential Component includes lectures from leading medical experts as well as Marketing and Legal consultants. Practical application of the RN Patient Advocate Process is the major practice element during the Residential component.

The RN Patient Advocate Learning Intensive is all-inclusive, enabling RNs who complete the program to immediately begin to establish their RN Patient Advocacy practices.

Graduates of the Learning Intensive are eligible for membership in the National Network of RN Patient Advocates, an association for continuing education and mentoring.

"This program gives you all the tools you need to pursue a career in nursing that encourages collaboration, effective communication, and true healing for you and for the people you care for. Karen Mercereau, creator of this program, is a force with a vision so strong you cannot help but to jump in and get to work. This is Purpose with Passion!"

Antra Boyd, RN, iRNPA

"Hold on with both hands! Your life and nursing practice will be forever changed."
Joe Barbee, RN, iRNPA

"I began the iRNPA program to help patients make safe, informed decisions regarding their care. I did not anticipate the extremely positive effect it would have on my own health and well-being. The program is transformative. This is a Network of RNs who will make a significant difference in healthcare as we know it."
Amanda McGuire, RN, 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 an outstanding training program. Karen has partnered with top experts in their fields to present a well organized, thorough and inspiring array of educational topics that will prepare us to change the face of healthcare in our communities and beyond. Great program!"
Teri Dreher, RN, CCRN, iRNPA
Website and/or brochure:  RN Patient Advocates
The RN Patient Advocate Learning Intensive is to prepare experienced clinical RNs to utilize the new practice model of independent RN Patient Advocacy which was initiated in 2002. This Learning Intensive is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association.

The Online component covers the full utilization of the RN Patient Advocate Process, a matrix model that encompasses all scientific medical paradigms as well as the Business, Marketing, and Legal considerations involved in establishing an independent RN Patient Advocacy practice.
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This has been the most intensive, informative and  exceptional learning experience I've had in 25 years of nursing. The iRNPA course will change the direction of not only my career but my own health and longevity! Karen Mercereau is truly an amazing and inspirational teacher.

March 2012
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