Connie Jorsvik, BSN, Principal
Connie Jorsvik was an RN for 25 years—15 of that in cardiac critical care—and left her profession because of her own health challenges. During the years she was a nurse, she was always a patient advocate above all other duties she performed. She saved many lives because she stood up to physicians; because she was meticulous in her care and observations; and worked to never-ever take short-cuts with policies, procedures and protocols (they’re there for a reason).
Her journey in becoming a professional private patient advocate has been life-long. Her passion for quality healthcare knows no bounds. She has learned one thing since becoming a professional patient advocate: no matter what the provincial health authorities Doctors of BC, and the College of Registered Nurses say, there is no such thing as ‘Patient Centered Care.’ Patients literally have no rights. (Animals have more rights than patients do.) Doctors hold the power of care over their patients and some wield that power mightily, marginalizing the most vulnerable of patients.
Connie has faced several significant personal health challenges. During every one, she has been an empowered patient and kept on going back to her doctor until she got the answers she needed. She sought out her own answers, did her own research and refused to listen to doctors when she knew something was wrong and they were saying it was all in her head.
“The biggest key to finding my health is knowing I hold the key to my health door – that I am the only one who can truly listen to my body and find the appropriate answers. My biggest, longest battle has been with Fibromyalgia and there was little the traditional medical system could do to help me over the long term. I layered my care, finding little nuggets of wisdom and helpful clues along the way. Many health practitioners helped in this journey – but I was the one who was responsible for putting it into practice. I can’t stay up late, I have to get 8 hours sleep, I need to walk every single day, I need to eat well, I know that psychological stress will take me down like nothing else, and I surround myself with supportive loved ones and friends.”