DQ2 (Thereza Ortiz)
Please respond to the following post with a paragraph Thank You !!!
Not only is advocating for your patient the right way to nurse, but as stated in (Nursing advocacy, n.d., para. 2) “With energetic participation in advocacy, every nurse can help the profession to improve and move to higher levels”. As the advocate for the patient, the RN is the active listener, the speaker, the educator, the coordinator, and the emotional support person. It is a vital role, when the patient is at their weakest, the nurse is able to “ensure that proper care is delivered and the needs of the patient are met, (Helbig, J. n.d.).
Like nurses, the American Nurses Association are also advocates. They advocate for the nursing profession. The ANA “support the nurse by raising awareness to problems nurses face”, these problems are often “associated with patients, patient care, and providing a patient-centered safe environment, (Helbig, J. n.d., para. 54).
In my years of experience at the bedside there has been many an opportunity to advocate for my patient and their family. I remember taking care of a young new mother, just recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As a new mother, her priority was her child, and she had decided that her needs were not as important as her infants. I knew that if she left the hospital her life would be in danger. Long story short, with help from case management we were able to find an outside source to provide care for her infant while needing treatment.
Helbig, J. (n.d.). Dynamics in Nursing Art & Science of Professional Practice. Retrieved October 17, 2018, from https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs430v/dynamics-in-nursin…
Nursing advocacy. (n.d.). Retrieved October 19, 2018, from https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/advoc…