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

Can Our Food Be Dangerous? Let’s talk about food safety in milk.


Why buy organic milk? Most milk that is not organic contains bovine growth hormone (rBGH). What? rBGH is a genetically derived hormone that works as a hormone disruptor in humans. Additionally, as Samuel Epstein, MD, explains “BGH makes cows sick (mastitis)… is chemically, and nutritionally different than natural milk… is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the gut (IGI-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early cancers).

Why do dairy farmers use rBGH? It increases milk production by 10%. However, we currently have a milk surplus, so is this really necessary?

Learn more from this article provided by Martha Grout, MD…

Magnesium is critical for health…and up to 80% of Americans are low? What?


Low magnesium increases the risk of depression, strokes, hypertension and other cardiovascular illness. In fact, low magnesium increases levels of C-Reactive Protein which itself is a predictor of elevated cardiovascular risk. Dr. Mary Ackerley reports that:” Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are anxiety, depression, constipation, twitches, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure and restless legs.”

So, can you eat magnesium in your diet? Dietary sources ofmagnesium include leafy green vegetables, meats, grains, nuts and seeds. Vegetables, nuts and seeds grown organically in enriched soil have about twice the level of magnesium thatinorganically grown produce does.

Learn more from Dr. Mary Ackerley here…..

A bit more about chemicals...what we need to know. 85,000 chemicals in use – most not tested for safety.


The New York Times recently posted an article explaining that “ Many Americans assume that the chemicals in their shampoos, detergents and other consumer products have been thoroughly tested and proved to be safe.

This assumption is wrong.

Unlike pharmaceuticals or pesticides, industrial chemicals do not have to be tested before they are put on the market. “It’s the worst kind of Catch-22,” said Dr. Richard Denison, senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. “Under this law, the E.P.A. can’t even require testing to determine whether a risk exists without first showing a risk is likely.” Protect yourself. Learn more here…

More at the Environmental Working Group…

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RN Patient Advocates, PLC

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

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