Patient Advocacy & Care Management
With Expertise that is Truly Yours
I’ve been told that this page needs to be formal and that it should include a long list of accomplishments to let you know who I am. But that’s just not me!
Instead, I want to talk to you like I would if you were sitting right in front of me ~ conversationally! In fact, I prefer to chat on the phone over email any day, it’s more personal. Want to learn how I can help you or your loved one get the best care? I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation. Pick up the phone and call me at 303-968-1995!
What I can tell you about my background is that I love nursing. I love everything about it and have built a career from it! I love taking care of people and helping them get better. I’ve worked throughout the hospital, from the emergency room, gastroenterology lab and patient education. I have helped clients with cancer, cardiac issues, surgeries, major infections, dementia and many other medical problems. Please contact me to share your story so I can help you!
You: Feeling Safe and Supported
“Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it… the very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.”
― Florence Nightingale ―
I understand that patients are feeling confused, scared and anxious when they first learn of an illness or enter the hospital. At Truly Yours RN, I’m committed to helping you navigate the complex medical system and get the best medical care. I’ll work with you as long as you need me. Truly Yours RN is committed to making sure you are informed of all aspects of your care so that you can make the best decisions to receive safe and efficient care.
Cindy has vigorously advocated for us when she has seen substandard care by medical professionals and hospital care.
She has been a skilled interpreter; helping communicate our conditions, limitations and rights as patients. She has also been invaluable in helping us understand diagnoses, procedures and treatment options.
As your nurse patient advocate and care manager, you can rest assured that I’ll advocate for you “with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems” (from the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics).
I will focus on trying to keep you safe and feeling supported while in the hospital:
- Safe. I’ll help you know what questions to ask so you can be an integral part of the decisions. And I’ll be sure you know your patient rights and understand informed consent before every procedure or surgery. We will discuss safeguards that protect you from infections or mistakes.
- Supported. At Truly Yours RN, I want you to focus on healing and let me advocate on your behalf and teach you how to advocate for yourself to get the best medical outcome possible. I want you to feel supported in your decisions and that your voice is heard.
Me: Inspired by Faith, Family and Passion
“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.”
– Val Saintsbury ―
Nurses love to take care of and advocate on the behalf of their patients. In fact, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has patient advocacy as part of the Code of Ethics: “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health and safety of the patient.” This is the foundation on which I’ve built my business, and it’s my promise to you to do my best as your nurse patient advocate and to honor the code and you!
I would like to share with you the reason I am so passionate about healthcare advocacy, patient rights and your safety. As I’ve mentioned before, there’s a Johns Hopkins University study where they suggested that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death within the U.S., resulting in over 250,000 deaths in the U.S. yearly. I learned first-hand that this startling statistic is true.
I’ve always leaned on my faith in God—even when things didn’t go the way I imagined. I can’t know His plan or ways, but however difficult, I do accept His will. My family would need God’s strength and compassion for what was to come.
You see, my sister Sharyl suddenly passed away from a misdiagnosis. She was only 50 at the time, and she was living in another state. When the correct medical issue was discovered, it was too late. She was gone within hours, we were devastated. I wish I could have been her personal patient advocate. She would still be here today enjoying her life and family.
This senseless error has spurred my passion to use my nursing expertise in becoming a patient advocate for others. My sister deserved an advocate like this, someone who would help her receive the correct diagnosis and life-saving treatment. It is from my sister’s loss that my business, Truly Yours RN Patient Advocates, was birthed. I now dedicate the services I provide to Sharyl, in her memory.
Together: Advocating for Knowledge, Understanding and Empowerment
“Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?”
― Florence Nightingale ―
I believe that patients should have a say in their medical treatment and together we can partner with your healthcare team to ensure your voice is heard.
My goal is to empower you to be heard and understand your care so you can be your own best advocate:
- Gain a clear understanding of your diagnosis. I research your diagnosis using evidence-based literature and explain it to you in layman’s terms. I’ll provide you with treatment options, so you are empowered to make the best medical decision for you.
- Make informed decisions. Being fully informed about your diagnosis, treatment and care plan will allow you to remain an integral partner in your healthcare decisions.
- Empower you. I’ll oversee your ER visit, hospital stay or surgery, and I’ll help to empower you through knowledge and education to receive the best care.
I’ll treat you like family, and I’ll be relentless in pursuit of the best care for you. Together, we will put your healthcare first and be sure your voice is heard. When you work with me, you’ll find you are not alone in the complex healthcare system, but instead it’s “You & Me,” in this together, seeking the best care possible.
Contact a Nurse Patient Advocate Who is Truly Yours
At Truly Yours, you are never alone—it’s “You & Me,” together. Call today for your 30-minute free telephone consultation. I’d love to hear your story and see how I can help you.
Call me today at 303-968-1995 or send me a message online to learn how I can help you through your hospital stay, emergency room visit or surgery. I am based in Denver, Colorado, and serve clients nationwide.