Professional Nursing (RN) Services
Healthcare is a fast-paced and often overwhelming environment. Often people leave doctor's appointments or hospital visits not knowing a lot about their new diagnosis, new medication, or plan of care. As a nurse I am able to spend time with you to facilitate your understanding of your health and care. Legally, I cannot diagnose diseases, prescribe medications, or offer medical advice. However, I can help you understand your diseases and adhere your plan of care. I can advocate for your regarding your care and help you become well informed to advocate for yourself. As an independant nurse, my focus is you and your health, I am not bound by employment to a particular employer.
Specific services for barter include:
- Disease specific education
- Connection with local or online resources related to disease
- Medication education
- Assistance with a medication adherence plan
- Assistance in understanding a plan of care prescribed by a healthcare professional
- Help in working toward adhering to your plan of care
- Accompaniment to medical office visits (local only)
- Preparation for upcoming medical office visit
- Inpatient hospital visits (local only, some exclusions apply, can discuss)
- Basic assistance understanding insurance benefits
- Potential for other services locally (nursing home tour accompaniment, in-home care preparation, etc)
I am willing to provide these services individually, but I also see many of them being packaged together for a more holistic experience. I am willing to provide services to a family member of someone I am bartering with.
Training & Qualifications
I have been a Registered Nurse since 2011 and graduated with my master's degree in Nursing in 2014. I worked as an inpatient nurse as a Neuro/Cardiac medical nurse for 4 years. I am certified in Medical Surgical Nursing. While my patients primarily had neuro or cardiac diseases such as: strokes, seizures, heart failure, heart attacks, many of them had secondary diseases such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, and kidney failure. I no longer work at the bedside, but I maintain my clinical competency through conferences and keeping current with nursing research. I also volunteer as a nurse at a medical clinic.
More than just being a competent nurse, I am caring. I am passionate about people and helping empower them as equals in decisions about their healthcare, to whatever extent that person may want. I find being a nurse is one of the most fulfilling careers I could have imagined, nursing has afforded me some of the most genuine connections I have ever experienced. I am truly grateful to work with people. In 2014, I had the honor of becoming a Daisy Award Honoree - please read a small excerpt written about me by one of my patients: http://daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award/honorees/tera-giles
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Availability & Preferences
This is up for discussion. I am likely most available on the weekends and occasionally during the week. Some evening availability. I have every other Friday and Monday off.