The author, Sharon A. Jamieson, is the daughter of Vernie and Betty Zeiner of Greencastle and a graduate of Fillmore High School.
She continued her formal education to earn advanced degrees at the University of Washington and University of Kentucky. As a retired Army nurse, she currently resides in Washington State, doing volunteer work with active-duty service members at Fort Lewis as a family nurse practitioner.
Her book brings health care consumers to the forefront and proposes the health care skill level and knowledge of professional nurses be engaged for more effective daily health management and efficient navigation of the health care system.
Health care cost containment is addressed from the stance of mapping out a health-monitoring plan encompassing preventive and chronic care needs with the health care consumer.
A Summary Health Care Record is promoted to consolidate the location of health data and to simplify its review by using a systematic, universal format.
In addition, the expertise of professional nurses is promoted, Jamieson said, to influence change in health risks and less-effective health care service utilization.
The term health care consumer is used in lieu of the passive term patient, she notes, to place individuals in the light as a recipient of services within the health care delivery system and thus entitled to full participation in decision-making where interactions are expected to be with rather than to or for.
Jamieson can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.