BERKELEY, Calif., May 12 Marie Shouldice, RN, sees herselfas a "healthcare human GPS device" guiding patients through healthcare maze.For 28 years it's been her passion, and when she retires it will become herprofession working as a private health advocate accredited by Berkeley,CA-based Healthcare Liaison.
"For many years I have witnessed the confusion, frustration, and angstthat people encounter in the process of navigating the health care system,"says Shouldice, who is a case manager/patient care coordinator for a largeHMO. "I like to think of myself as a sort of Healthcare Human GPS device. Ican take people on the most direct route to meeting their healthcare needs.When I retire from nursing, having a new career working as a healthcareadvocate is the most logical extension of what I am doing now."
According to Healthcare Liaison CEO Joanna Smith, Marie is part of a largecohort of nurses in the US who are aging into retirement and looking for asecond career using their experience and skills to help patients navigatetoday's complex healthcare system. "Nurses advocate for their patientseveryday," says Smith. "As accredited private healthcare advocates, they cancontinue to work with patients -- but in a much less stressful environment."
Private healthcare advocates assist clients deal with numerous healthcarerelated issues, including assessing treatment options; identifying andarranging appropriate resources; and intervening with insurers to help resolvepayment or coverage issues.
Registration/more information: Visithttp://www.healthcareliaison.com/workshops to register. For more information,call Healthcare Liaison: 510-704-8476, or email:Joanna@healthcareliaison.com
About Healthcare Liaison. Established in 2005, Healthcare Liaison is thefirst private healthcare advocacy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.Founder and CEO Joanna Smith, LCSW, MPH has 25 years experience in the fieldsof health, public health and mental health, working as a medical social workerand hospital discharge planner in healthcare systems. For more informationvisit: http://www.healthcareliaison.com.Workshop Details: What: "Becoming A Private Healthcare Advocate: 11 Steps To A New Career In Healthcare", presented by Healthcare Liaison, Inc. When/where: June 7 and 8, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Claremont Hotel, Berkeley Cost: $325 for both days. Includes manual and refreshments
SOURCE Healthcare Liaison