Patient Advocates Here to Help You and Your Family Navigate the HealthCare System

University of Arizona College of Nursing


RN Patient Advocates, PLC, opened the door to independent, nurse-based patient advocacy in 2002. We are a national community of specially prepared, qualified and experience clinical RNs. Our Mission is to Empower People in Their Healthcare through Advocacy, Education, and Guidance Through the Healthcare System.

Have you or any of your family or friends ever experienced problems in the healthcare system? 12 million patients are misdiagnosed each year (Institute of Medicine, 2015) indicating that it might be true for many of us. RN Patient Advocates help you be safe in the system and also, how to do this for yourself!


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RNPA Intensive - Learning Experience

“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

“The way of the future of absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, 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

“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA!  If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you!  Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long

“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course!  It is truly intensive but so worth it!  I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can.  All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” —  Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor,

Importance of Observation

Up to 80% of Americans are low in magnesium. So? Should we worry?


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?


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…

Ever wonder about the “superbugs”, the antibiotic resistant bacteria that are becoming so prevalent?


Nearly 80 percent of the American antibiotics market goes for use in livestock, often for healthy animals. Federal scientists published a report in February, 2013, that documents the results of this practice: let’s look at how many meat products have antibiotic resistant bacteria in them: 81% of ground turkey, 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef and 39% of chicken. What?

Eating these bacteria can make infections much harder to treat because they are resistant to many antibiotics.

Can we protect ourselves? Yes! Buy organic if you can, refrigerate and cook meats properly, learn what meat labels actually mean.

Build your Meat IQ! Learn more tips on protecting you and your family here…..

Contact us!

RN Patient Advocates, PLC

3400 West Goret Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-743-7008

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