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Karen Mercereau
Karen Mercereau
RN Patient Advocates, PLLC/Medication Safety Program

Karen Mercereau

RN Patient Advocates, PLLC/Medication Safety Program
Advocate Location
Tucson, AZ 85745
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Decision Support
Advocate Location
Tucson, AZ 85745
Advocate Specialty
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Decision Support
How I Can Help
CLINICAL PATIENT ADVOCATE including advanced medical sciences- As an independent RN Patient Advocate (iRNPA), I empower people in their healthcare through Advocacy, Education, and Guidance throughout the healthcare system. Education is the central tenet of my service. Understanding what is happening in your body is critical to obtaining the best options for the most positive health outcomes.
I assist people in understanding their clinical conditions and ensure that the most appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic choices are made by the best medical teams prepared to address those clinical conditions. I guide people through the maze of the healthcare system in order that they can obtain the most appropriate and helpful medical care possible. I advocate on people's behalves with their healthcare providers and also teach them techniques to advocate on their own behalf.
My services include a strong knowledge base in conventional medicine, Integrative and Functional Medicine paradigms, Systems Biology (the scientific understanding of the inter-connectivity of all parts of the body), and the Human Microbiome. All scientific evidence and options are presented.
MEDICATION SAFETY PROGRAM - this is a new service to protect you from pharmaceutical harm if you are taking more than one medication.  Harvard and johns Hopkins both agree that pharmaceuticals are the 4th leading cause of death in the US - prior to COVID. Learn how to protect yourself from dangerous side effects/warnings/precautions/ interactions.  

Important Information About Me
  • I am insured.
  • My geographical area of practice is Tucson.

Formal Education
Marymount College of VA RN 1968
Independent RN Patient Advocate - iRNPA

Why I Became a Professional Health Care Advocate
In 2002, after 34 years of working in many capacities as a clinical RN and educator, I decided to directly address the worsening state of the healthcare system and the increasingly difficult path patients had to take to obtain their healthcare.
After reading every available national study about the widening gaps in the system, I learned that the situation was much more dire than I had suspected. It made great sense to me that what people could most benefit from was the advocacy services of a highly-skilled, experienced clinical RN.  As there was no model to follow or class to teach me, I decided to forge ahead and create a model of independent RN Patient Advocacy. Practicing solo for 7 years, the RN Patient Advocacy Process evolved and is still the most advanced RN based advocacy process in the nation. I continue to work with clients locally and nationally.
Working as an independent RN Patient Advocate is my own passion and the most highly gratifying role I have had in my decades of working as an RN.
Also, current research from Harvard and Johns Hopkins demonstrates that pharmaceuticals are the 4TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE US - prior to COVID.  Therefore, I have begun the MEDICATION SAFETY PROGRAM to teach people how best to protect themselves from harmful side effects/interactions of their medications and supplements.  

Professional Organizations and Affiliations
Additional scientific courses Georgetown University, Eckerd College
Decades of clinical practice, continuing education in critical care
Director of RN Credentialing program Carondelet Health (1981-1984)
Clinical instructor of RNs, Paramedics
 Team member of the first Hospice in AZ
 Legal Nurse Consultant
 Post Partum Doula
 Creator of the professional nursing practice model of Independent RN Patient Advocacy (2002 - 2022)
 Founder/Executive Director of RN Patient Advocates, PLLC (2002 - present)
 Creator/Instructor of RN Patient Advocates Learning Intensive Intensives (2009 - present)
 Founder/Leader of National Network of RN Patient Advocates (2009 - present)
 Partnered with the University of AZ College of Nursing (2009 - 2019)
 Founder/Chief Executive Officer: HEAL, Inc. a 501c3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing health literacy in our communities (2013 - present)
 Pioneer Award: National Association of Women Business Owners 2005
  Purpose Prize Fellowship 2010
  Fabulous 50 RN program in Tucson, AZ
  The International Nurses Association Recognizes Karen Mercereau as World
 Wide Leader in Healthcare and as a Top RN in the US 2016
  Ken Schueler Patient Advocacy Award 2016
National Network of RN Patient Advocates
 Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
 American Holistic Nurses Assn.
 National Nurses in Business Assn.
 MEDaiKEY, Inc.
 Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Additional Skills & Attributes
I have a very extensive knowledge base and a national network of experts in the fields of all scientifically validated medical paradigms: traditional western medicine, Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and the fields of the Human Microbiome and Systems Biology.
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