Nurses in Patient Advocacy
The health care sector has been faced withnumerous challenges in the recent past. This is mainly due to social,political and economic changes that have occurred in the recent past.Nurses have an important role to play in the society to ensure thatsocial, economic and political activities contributes enhance thequality and accessibility of health care services (Huston,2014). This involves nurses being engaged inpatient advocacy. Since the nurses are the primary care givers, theyare in the best position of identifying the special needs of theirpatients. They are aware of what their clients have and thechallenges they may be faced with, and why they need what. This makesthem the best patients’ advocates (Levsey et al, 2010).
Nursing professionals have been involved inpatient advocacy and consequently social change in several aspects.However, it is important to note that this patient advocacy goesbeyond an individual patient or client (Mason et al, 2014).For example, nurses may act as advocates for a particular clientpopulation such as survivors of sexual abuse or domestic abuse. Also,nurses have been involved in patient advocacy targeting stigmatizedpopulations such as drug abusers and individuals suffering from HIVand AIDS. Since they have the responsibility of taking care of theseindividuals, they understand their needs from a professional point ofview. In addition, nurses and nursing professional organization canbe involved in political processes aimed at furthering the welfare oftheir clients and promoting the accessibility and quality of caregiving. A good example has been the involvement of nurses in thepolitical processes related to control of substance abuse. TheNightingales Nurses, a nurses’ organization have been involved inactivism and political processes related to marketing and promotionof tobacco products (Draper et al, 2011, Ann et al, 2014).
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