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As such, when nurses spend more time with their patients, as part of the advocacy role, they would risk jeopardizing the undertaking of other responsibilities needed in their respective units.
The patient advocacy role has always been regarded to be imbibed in the nursing profession (Wood, 2010). The benefits associated with being patient advocate include promotion of the core values of preserving human dignity, respecting patient equality, and recognizing the need for patients to free them from pain and suffering (Jacksonville University, 2014). In addition, assuming a patient advocate role would assist in gaining the trust of patients so that more accurate assessment of the patients’ conditions from their own perspectives are relayed in the most accurate manner. The honest and accurate disclosure of the patients’ feelings and conditions from their points of views would assist in providing the appropriate interventions to facilitate treatment, as required.
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This is something that is putting greater than before strains on the long-term public health programs. In particular, the managed care rising healthcare costs are affecting how nursing functions are organized, especially the treatment plans and patients' awareness of care and their input.
She does this by ensuring that they are aware of their rights and can make informed decision. This paper will critically discuss advocacy in nursing and how it is applied in practice.Advocacy is described as many things.
It is an ethic of practice(Gaylord 1995).
Nursing advocacy has generated considerable attention and controversy in the nursing literature in recent years. It has been proposed as the philosophical foundation for nursing, championed as the guardian of patient rights, and rejected as inappropriate or impossible given the nurse's lack of legal and bureaucratic power and authority.(Adeline, 1995).
It has an important bearing on communication and also on the nature and quality of decisions to overcome the risk. Structure of an organization provides the frame work for accomplishing the work of the organization. Structure is essential for the efficient and effective management of work, power and control.
However we hardly find any serious presence of the theory and practice of advocacy in the curriculum as followed in most nursing schools. However the concept of advocacy of patients is not alien in nursing practice. Military nurses understood what advocacy is and practiced it in their nursing career.
In the present case the new nurse was facing clinical and ethical problem of time management and tackling the issues of error in drug administration by previous nurse . Besides, there was emotional turmoil of the family of patient. She went for 'special' John duty to rectify the harm and must be having confusion and guilt of leaving her other patients.
This quality of the nurses is known as advocacy, and current literature means the process of advocating by this term. Relevant nursing literature has indicated that there are certain important themes related to advocacy (Brechin and Brown, 2000, p17). As evident in the study by Malik (1997), advocacy has been a traditional role with ethical implications applicable for nursing practice.
The fact that there is a dentist indicates that there is demand for dental healthcare caused by the presence of certain cases of dental health problems. Another problem affecting the residents of this community is stress-related illnesses. This is because the economic activity practiced by the people in this community (ranching) is a stressful and dangerous occupation.