NNBA 2021 Conference

NNBA 2021 Pre-conference C (MC) – Create a Profitable Health Advocacy Business as a Nurse Patient Advocate


Pre-conference C          Melissa Cardine MSN, RN, WOCN, BCPA  and Jennifer Whalen, DHSc, MHS, PA-C, BCPA

The Bridge Health Advocates will provide you a road map to create a patient advocacy business utilizing your education, experience, and expertise. We walk you through how to get paid for your experience and knowledge of the healthcare system. We share with you how you can earn a part-time or full-time income doing what you love being a nurse advocate. We take you through the process of starting a patient advocacy business from setting up an LLC, insurance, marketing, networking, and getting your first paying client. We reveal our experience of how owning your own business as a nurse patient advocate can bring a sense of fulfillment, control, and independence to your work, all while helping others. Precon C – MC/JW – 3.0 Contact Hours.

During this pre-conference seminar, you will learn to:

  • Describe how you will utilize your education, experience, and expertise to make money as a patient advocate
  • Create a plan to establish the critical groundwork for your patient advocacy business
  • Identify a list of resources you will use to receive and provide referrals in your advocacy business

About Melissa:
Melissa has been a nurse for over 20 years. She enjoys listening to patients, families, and caregivers along with collaborating with other healthcare professionals. In October of 2015, after more than 15 years at the bedside Melissa took this passion and the ideas she developed in her master’s program and founded The Bridge RN Patient Advocates. She has found tremendous success as a private patient advocate and helped numerous clients have a better experience along their healthcare journey. In 2019 Melissa co-founded The Bridge Health Advocates. The Bridge Health Advocates provides health advocacy and business training for those interested in learning more about professional advocacy work. Melissa is the President of the Patient Advocate Certification Board (PACB). The PACB created and administers the certification exam to become a Board Certified Patient Advocate. Her passion for advocacy is evident in her daily interactions with all those she meets.

About Jennifer:
Jennifer has been working in healthcare most of her life and has a passion for providing outstanding patient care. She began her career in healthcare as a CNA in nursing homes and as a medical assistant in primary care before attending the physician assistant program at Duke University. She worked for 10 years as a PA in urgent care, family practice and hospital medicine. Jennifer was introduced to the patient advocacy profession when she met Melissa Cardine in 2018 and began working as a patient advocate for Melissa and her business, The Bridge RN Patient Advocates. Jennifer quickly became enthralled with the profession and the impact it was having on the lives of their clients and the success Melissa was having with her business. Together, they founded The Bridge Health Advocates where they work to build a dynamic community of professional health advocates through unparalleled advocacy and business training.