Standing Strong: Why Patient and Nurse Advocacy Matters

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Standing Strong- Why Patient and Nurse Advocacy Matters

As nurses our primary responsibility is to care for patients. This does of course include administering medications, giving bed baths, and assisting with other needs. However, being a nurse is about more than completing technical tasks and duties as assigned. Nurses also have a strong responsibility to be advocates. Nurses have a unique position to touch all hearts.

Patient Advocacy

When a patient is in the hospital they are often at their most vulnerable. This can often mean you are left to deal with a difficult patient. The medications and treatments they are receiving may impact their ability to advocate for themselves in a manner they are accustomed to. They also might lack the knowledge to know when to question a treatment. As nurses, we are the first and last line of defense to protect patients. We shouldn’t even have to question whether or not we speak up or act to protect a patient. It should be instinct. Although you likely won’t hear about it in heart-warming news stories, nurses save lives and improve the quality of life for patients every day.

Nurse Advocacy

Over the past 100 years, the nursing profession has grown by leaps and bounds. Because of nurse advocacy we have higher salaries, more uniform choices, and more autonomy in our practice. However, we still have a long way to go and the advocacy can’t end.

Many nurses have unsafe staffing conditions, poor working conditions, or other hindrances to good patient care. If they simply endure this treatment, things will never change. It only takes one nurse to stand up and make a difference. It may not be easy, but if you want nursing to continue to improve, you can’t sit on the sidelines. You have to advocate for yourself and your profession.

Self-Care and Personal Advocacy

Nurses are care givers both by nature and by trade. Chances are if you became a nurse you did so because of the inherent desire to help others. Unfortunately that might also mean that you often neglect caring for yourself. If you continue the cycle of caring only for others and neglecting your needs it can be easy to set yourself on a path to burnout. Sometimes personal advocacy means saying “no.” It might mean that you don’t pick up that extra shift or you let your spouse cook dinner for one evening. Saying “no” is empowering and an important part of self-care.

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4 thoughts on “Standing Strong: Why Patient and Nurse Advocacy Matters”

  1. Thanks for this post Brittney. I’m just flying home from NTI, an amazing conference for critical care nurses. A big part of being a patient advocate is using our bold voice. Too many nurses are choosing silence over advocating which unfortunately is due to unhealthy work environments. If you feel you can’t advocate for your patients, it is likely other nurses feel the same way; if that is the case, it is time for a culture change on your unit. Start opening the dialogue with your co-workers, physicians and managers. Staying silent has a direct impact on poor patient outcomes.

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