Our nurse advocates have compassion, expertise and experience

Guardian Nurses services are performed by professional registered nurses and social workers who have years of expertise in nursing and health care issues. All of them have outstanding clinical knowledge as well as significant experience managing and coordinating care. Their experience, maturity and knowledge of community resources provide you with your own nurse advocate or social worker. You can be assured that each team member is working solely on your behalf and has your best interests in mind. Below you'll read about a few members of our team (those who were not camera-shy).

  • Betty Long, RN, MHA

    President/CEO and Founder Betty Long, RN, MHA, is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on patient advocacy. With more than 27 years nursing experience in clinical, management and consulting capacities, she has a long history of healthcare advocacy with special expertise in critical care, long-term care and geriatric care management. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Case Management Society of America as well as a member of the National Patient Advocate Foundation Advocates Alliance for Action and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has been a contributing editor for Employee Benefit News and serves on the Advisory Board of the Professional Patient Advocacy Institute. She also shares her expert opinion on Sharecare, an interactive social Q&A website created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications. Betty Long's blog, Guarding Your Health, provides helpful information on consumer healthcare topics. View Betty's profile on LinkedIn

  • Patricia Bernard, RN

    Nurse Bernard's area of expertise is cardiology. She has worked as a cardiovascular researcher and specialized in working with patients with congestive heart failure. Her 30-year nursing career also includes experience in hospice, medical-surgical units and nurse management.

  • Alison Christy, RN, BSN

    Nurse Christy has extensive experience in nursing, insurance, medical auditing, business management, federal grant reviewing, and expertise in victim advocacy in crisis situations. Living now in a rural, underserved area, she serves in many roles including teaching, coaching, group facilitation, case management, disabilities, mental health and maternal/infant services. A published author of articles about animal therapy and nursing, her family now operates an alpaca ranch.

  • Karen Coughlin, RN, BS

    Nurse Coughlin offers extensive clinical experience in critical care, the operating room and neurology (with an emphasis on epilepsy.) Her 25+ year nursing career includes management and research. She has also served as a legal nurse consultant in the Philadelphia area.

  • Emily Drobile, RN, BSN

    Nurse Drobile is the happily the youngest member of the Guardian Nurses' team. After a 15 year career in the health insurance industry, she returned to LaSalle University for her nurses' degree. She has an 'insider's view' of insurance companies and is creative and thoughtful when advocating on behalf of her patients.

  • Jami Harry, RN, BSN

    Nurse Harry brings 34 years of nursing experience to the Guardian Nurses' team. Over her varied career, she has worked in home care, long-term care, and nursing education. She has also done insurance work, performance improvement, and compliance. Her passion, though, is patient advocacy.

  • Maryellen Murphy-McCann, RN, BSN

    Nurse Murphy Mc-Cann brings many years of home care and hospice management, hospital administration and healthcare business expertise to the Guardian Nurses team. Her nursing background also includes working with diverse clinical issues in a range of ages, from children to the elderly in hospital and community settings.

  • Debbie O'Donnell, RN, BSN

    Nurse O'Donnell brings more than 35 years nursing experience to her new role. She has an extensive background in cardiology and critical care as well as many years working as a case manager for hospitals and insurance companies. She is passionate about patient teaching and patient empowerment.