Author - Jari Holland Buck

Jari Holland Buck is a business consultant, trainer, Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner and medical layperson who spent seven and a-half months in four hospitals by the side of her critically ill husband. She dealt with thousands of doctors and nurses and almost daily crises. During her husband’s six plus months on full life support, every organ in his body failed, some more than once. Hospital Stay Handbook: A Guide to Becoming a Patient Advocate for Your Loved Ones represents the lessons she learned and used in partnership with the medical community to produce a miracle, her husband’s survival. Jari’s business life revolves around leadership and organizational development, team-based interventions, employee involvement strategies, executive coaching, career consulting and labor/management collaboration. Jari has been recognized in the International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of Business Executives, Who's Who of American Women, Who’s Who of Finance and Business and Who's Who of Emerging Leaders. With a Master’s Degree in Theatre coupled with a specialty in acting from Northwestern University, an undergraduate degree in Speech/English/Education and more than 25 years as a professional speaker, Jari is a dynamic and engaging presenter who speaks from practical experience with heartfelt passion. Contact Jari online anytime at or by phone at 913-661-9911 during business hours. Her presentations are based on Hospital Stay Handbook and customized for the following audiences: religious institutions book store book signings advocacy group meetings medical professional meetings continuing medical education programs business (see her website, When she is not consulting, you will find her working with plants and flowers, traveling or relaxing at home with her children - a Cocker Spaniel and a CavaTzu (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Shih Tzu mix). She has a certificate in Floral Design, owns Lynden Greens & Floral and tends to disappear over the holidays to play with flowers for just above minimum wage. To find more detailed information about Jari and her work, visit: ; and

On Your Own Behalf

I am often asked some version of the following question. What five tips do you have to ensure we get the best possible health care and feel empowered with doctors? Since this is typically asked by and/or for women, my answers are offered in that...

The Final Say

In my business practice, I often find myself coaching individuals who insist on having "the final say." They are committed to the appearance and/or actuality of being in charge and often run their own company. Few, if any, apply this commitment to...

The Failure to Cope

We come to the work of caregiving without any training on how to be an advocate for our loved one OR how to care for ourselves while we do this. Since this is sacred work, it requires a connection to our self, our loved one, our families and...

Advocacy Resources – Help is Available

Most of us enter the world of hospital-based advocacy as a "beginner. We lack either the technical knowledge because we are not trained in medicine; or the personal knowledge because we have never been an advocate and/or patient before. For hospital...

The ‘Good’ Visitor

Most of us head to the hospital to visit a sick or recovering friend or family member without giving it a thought. Give it a thought! There are many things you can and should do to make sure the experience is both positive and safe for you, the...

Shift Happens

'Shift Happens' has been posted on the wall of my office for many years. As a change management consultant, I placed it there as a reminder that the work I do within organizations and with executives occurs, oftentimes, at a snail's pace...

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