Hospital Nurse Patient Advocacy

Hospital Nurse Patient Advocacy

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  • Texas General Hospital
  • Hi! I'm Nurse Sally. Today, I'm working on the Orthopedic Unit at Texas General Hospital. One of my roles as a nurse is making sure that patients are comfortable and getting the safe, proper care they need after surgery. As a patient advocate, I need to make sure I communicate well and the patient is understanding the entirety of their care.
  • Hi Nurse Sally. I'm currently experiencing a lot of pain to my right knee. I would rate it as an 7 out of 10. Could I get my pain medication if it is time?
  • I do not want my husband taking any pain narcotics. I don't want him getting addicted to those things!
  • Hi Sam. Just checking in again, how are you doing? It's been almost 4 hours since your last pain medication.
  • As Sam's advocate, I need to understand and know what his needs are. While making my hourly rounds, Sam has expressed he is still in a lot of pain after surgery to his right knee. Being a patient advocate means respecting the patient and his or her rights. I will get Sam's pain medications to administer as requested. His wife, Sasha, does not want Sam to take any pain medications due to the possible side effects as well as opiod addiction. I understand how Sasha is feeling, which is why I'll need to educate both Sam and Sasha more about opiods. I can also collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team to see what would be best for Sam's treatment plan. Sam is my patient, not his wife. Controlling Sam's pain and making sure he is comfortable is my priority as his nurse.
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