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President's Corner

Photos from our recent conference are out on NNBA’s website The most common comment heard was that nurses felt they went away with very valuable and pertinent information to their businesses for the upcoming year. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 2-4, 2015 to celebrate NNBA’s 30th Anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada! There are so many special events being planned for this milestone that you don’t want to miss it!

Independent RN Patient Advocacy Opportunity
Long before the terms patient advocate and it’s variations became the current buzzwords, Karen Mercereau developed an independent patient advocate practice model that was very successful. Building on principles developed in Case Management and Public Health Nursing, Karen’s program has developed into a robust model of independent practice embracing all major paradigms of medical care, opening wider possibilities of health and healing to communities. In 2002, Karen partnered with the University Of Arizona College Of Nursing creating a nationally known learning intensive that prepares nurses for this new practice model. If this appeals to you, I highly recommend that you get more information by clicking here or calling (520) 743-7008.

As Healthcare reform moves from theory into action, the healthcare landscape is rapidly changing; that means great opportunities for nurse entrepreneurs! Since we are all busy working towards our goals there are times it is super stressful. While the article below on managing stress is lengthy, I found the stress management strategies very helpful!

All the Best,

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How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress | HelpGuide
It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems. Read more

Articles of Interest

RN Opportunity to Build an Independent Practice: iRNPA | Karen Mercereau RN

RN Patient Advocacy: Opportunity to Build an Independent Practice

A common refrain on the floors is “This is not why I went into nursing”. Heavy patient caseloads that leave little time or opportunity for the building of therapeutic relationships or the close supervision of all patients on the team, staff reductions and required overtime, high stress environments all lead to professional frustration, major interruptions in family life, and greatly reduced job satisfaction. Burn out.

Experienced clinical RNs increasingly are looking for other opportunities, ways to earn a living utilizing all their skills and extensive knowledge base. However, the business of medical care does not encourage independence or creativity and the dictates of professional growth are strictly circumscribed within the biomedical model.

One path that is opening the door of opportunity for qualified clinical RNs is independent RN Patient Advocacy.  Read More

Why successful habits are about structure not effort | Fast Company
The number one driver of whether a habit change is a success or not is how big the initial goal is. Everyone, if they're consistent, will eventually achieve something massive. But the people that end up failing are the people trying to achieve overnight success.  Read More 
    5 Reasons Why Dreams Don’t Take Flight  | Success

    A lot of us never see our dreams come true. Instead of soaring through the clouds, our dreams languish like a broken-down airplane confined to its hangar.

    Through life, I have come to identify five common reasons why dreams don’t take flight:

    1. We have been discouraged from dreaming by others.

    We have to pilot our own dreams; we cannot entrust them to anyone else. People who aren’t following their own dreams resent us pursuing ours. Such people feel inadequate when we succeed, so they try to drag us down.

    If we listen to external voices, then we allow our dreams to be hijacked. At some point, other people will place limitations on us by doubting our abilities. When surrounded by the turbulence of criticism, we have to grasp the controls tightly to keep from being knocked off course.  Read More

    10 Habits of the Ultra Successful
    | Addicted 2 Success
    We often run through life, envious of all the people who “made it”. Not being able to recognize exactly why they are where they are in life. We’re confused as to what trickery or black magic these people have applied in their life that has enabled them to rise to the top of their industry. Unfortunately we’re never able to distill this “special ingredient” or “secret” that has kept us in doubts for so long. Eventually it can even drive us to the brink of insanity But I’d say we’re searching for the wrong things...  How so?
    • What’s the one thing that made him so much money?
    • What’s the one thing that allowed him to have so many friends?
    • What’s the single source of his great health?
    Living your best life...
    NNBA Members Spotlight
    Karen Mercereau, RN
    Independent RN, Patient Advocate

    Karen Mercereau is a nationally recognized visionary leader in healthcare, known for her ability to transcend challenges, and create opportunity from complexity. She brings 46 years of clinical nursing, community and home based healthcare delivery and patient advocacy to the development of the RN Patient Advocates Group Practice in Tucson, AZ. In 2002 she partnered with the University of Arizona College of Nursing creating a Learning Intensive that is nationally known as the leading educational program preparing RNs for this new practice model.

    In Karen’s words:
    My professional intention: I am an independent RN Patient Advocate because I believe that the best healthcare should be patient-centered and inclusive of all science-based healing approaches available. People deserve to be a vital part of their own health care team. My work as an iRNPA allows me to:
    • be a positive force for change in a healthcare system that has become fragmented
    • reduce my clients’ risk of medical errors
    • ensure the integrity of the diagnostic process
    • research and teach the full range of therapeutic options so people can make fully informed decisions about their care
    • be a teacher and guide for patients and their families facing medical issues beyond their level of understanding
    • facilitate communication in our medical system whose communication patterns are too often strained or interrupted by outdated approaches

    Services Provided
    RN Patient Advocate Services

    • Integrative/Functional Medicine
    • Patient advocacy
    • Cardiovascular medicine
    • Neurodegenerative disease treatment/management (ex. Parkinson’s Disease)
    • Burns
    • Pediatric intensive care
    • Surgical preparation and recovery
    • Intensive care medicine
    • Cancer treatment options
    • Nutrition
    • Autoimmune disease medicine

    For more information about Karen and the iRNPA program, visit or call (520) 743-7008.

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