Supporting Patient Empowerment

Expert Panel Session | CNNC 2020


Patients taking control of their health with nurse support & guidance

How can medical professionals provide greater support and empowerment for patients?

Medical professionals help facilitate healing through empowering patients as partners in their own healthcare. Empowered patients are influencing the current revolution in healthcare.  

Explore how nurses encourage patients to take greater control of their health and wellness through supportive patient empowerment approaches and techniques.

Panel Experts

Natalie McBrayer BSN, RN, RYT, MJ

Natalie McBrayer is a nurse educator and certified cannabis consultant working in Seattle, WA with over seven years of experience in ambulatory nursing and patient education. She has completed post-baccalaureate training in functional medicine, reiki, mindful awareness in body-oriented therapies (MABT), and is a registered yoga teacher.

Lisa Hedin, RN, BSN

Lisa Hedin is the Founder and CEO of The Training Academy for Medical Cannabis. When medical cannabis and CBD started becoming more prevalent in the United States, she realized that there was a lack of education in the medical community.

Dawn-Marie Steenstra LPN, SDC, QA, SCC

A passionate patient advocate. She owned and operated her own assisted living in her home since the age of 20, caring for primarily deinstitutionalized psychiatric elderly women. In 1996, Dawn-Marie completed college as a practical nurse and since 1998, has specialized in staff development, quality assurance, and infection control.

Blair Wirkkala BSN

Blair Wirkkala, a pro-cannabis holistic RN, is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and completed The Medical Cannabis Institute training for practitioners. She is the founder of Access2Green, Better Fat Burner, Healthing Yourself, and the author of Menopause Happens—Own the Change.