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The Importance of Patient Advocacy

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In Nursing, there will always be instances where the patient's nurse needs to advocate for their patient. There are numerous reasons why a nurse would advocate for their patient ranging from getting the doctor to change the patient’s orders, helping the patient’s treatment team understand what it is the patient is requiring for the day, to expressing the patient’s last wishes before death. In every situation, the nurse should do what is in the patient’s best interest. Tomajan (2012), “Advocacy skills are the ability to successfully support a cause or interest on one’s own behalf or that of another. Advocacy requires a set of skills that include problem solving, communication, influence, and collaboration”(p. 2). With those skills, the nursing staff will be able to work together to advocate for their patients. Along with those skills, nurses need to keep in mind the three core attributes that are: safeguarding patients’ autonomy; acting on behalf of patients; and championing social justice in the provision of health care. (Bu & Jezewski, 2006)

Problem Solving

Problem solving is when there is a problem or issue that needs to be resolved. When there is a problem with a patient the nursing staff needs to try and resolve it to make all parties satisfied. When trying to solve a problem, keep in mind about the core attribute safeguarding patients autonomy. In this core attribute, it involves the patient wanting to be involved in their health care plan, as well as make their own decisions as long as they are competent. (Bu & Jezewski, 2006) Once the problem is identified the nursing staff along with the patient, need to form a plan or possible goals that will help solve the problem. There will be many problems that can’t be complete...

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...unication, influence, or collaboration everyone needs to work together to ensure everything is being done in the patients best interest. Safeguarding patients’ autonomy will always make the patient feel that they are included in all decisions as long as they are mentally sane. Collaboration will include everyone and make sure that everyone is on the same page.

Works Cited

Bu, X., & Jezewski, M. (2006). Developing a mid-range theory of patient advocacy through concept analysis. 57(1), 101-110.

Jecker, N. (1990). Integrating medical ethics with normative theory: Patient advocacy and social responsibility. 11(2), 125-139.

Mallik, M. (2008). Advocacy in nursing-a review of the literature. 25(1), 130-138.

Smith, A. (2004). Patient advocacy: Roles for nurses and leaders. 22(2), 88-90.

Tomajan, K. (2012). Advocating for nurses and nursing. 17(1), 32-38.
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