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Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

Georgia Price

What Makes a Good Patient Advocate?

Requirements for patient advocates will depend on the area you place to work in. Here’s a short breakdown of the common requirements for each specialty. Please note, these may not apply in every situation, and requirements may vary from job to job.




Medical Assistance:
• Previous medical experience and knowledge such as a job as a doctor, nurse, physician assistant or other healthcare professional.
• Desire to stand up for patients’ rights
• Ability to speak to authority figures like doctors and insurance companies with the patient’s best interests in mind
• Compassion and empathy
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to multi-task and remain organized

Insurance Assistance:
• Knowledge of the health insurance system, including private insurance and Medicare/Medicaid
• Experience in billing and/or coding a plus
• Compassion and empathy
• Patience
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to stand up to insurance companies with the patient’s best interests in mind
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to multi-task and remain organized

Home Health Assistance:
• Experience working as a nursing assistant or home health aide
• Compassion and patience
• Ability to multi-task
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to make decisions in the patient’s best interest

Elderly and Geriatric Health Assistance:
• Experience working as a nursing assistant or home health aide
• Compassion and patience
• Ability to multi-task
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to make decisions in the patient’s best interest
• Experience working in geriatrics preferred

Legal Assistance:
• Experience working in the legal system
• Understanding of malpractice, disability, Medicare, etc.
• Compassion and patience
• Ability to make tough decisions that are in the patient’s best interest
• Open-minded
• Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds


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    over 4 years ago

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    By the title of the article, I thought it was going to give some advice on HOW to be a more effective advocate for our patients, as that is part of the nurse's role. It's silly that there should be a separate role for this. Nurses should definitely be looking out for opportunities for speaking up for the patient. I hope nurses don't begin to think...well the patient advocate does that job so I don't have to worry about it...I know that most good nurses won't just give it up to other "advocates" though.

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    judithbland

    over 5 years ago

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    I am a Medical Assistant and i would like more information on patient advocate.How would i get more information for this,sounds very interesting,

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    I am a Regeistered Medical Assistant. I would like more information on patient advocaed. I want ot further my career please send me more information.

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    Nurses are patient advocates. If they must have some other credentials, add two questions to the NCLEX, one to measure business acumen and the other to determine ethical attitude.

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    RA44

    over 5 years ago

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    JoRN

    over 5 years ago

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    I always thought this was such a necessary thing. About time they made it formal.

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    over 5 years ago

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    Good info but must add a F.Y.I.... ALL R.N.'s are patient advocates. This is only one of the professional characteristics or roles a nurse is taught in school and cultivates in the work place wherever she/he practices nursing.

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    I'm interested in becoming a patient advocate and I would like to get a certificate in that field. Please send me more information about this program.

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