Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate
The role of “patient advocate” is new and evolving. As the importance of patients’ rights gains momentum, a group of healthcare professionals has banded together to stand up for the best interests of their patients. Because patient advocates are a new career path, many healthcare professionals declare themselves “patient advocates” after extensive experience in the fields. However, degree programs focusing on healthcare advocacy are cropping up across the United States.
One of the best things about patient advocacy is the variety of jobs you can take on. Not all patient advocates work in hospitals. Many work in non-profits, insurance companies, and government agencies. If you haven’t had clinical experience, you can still use your skills as a patient advocate.