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One of the many roles in nursing is the role of a patient advocate as defined in the ANA Standards of Practice. As a patient advocate, I will speak for and preserve a patient's right to health care. I will advocate for my patient as I speak with other healthcare team members about my patient.
Sarah has complained of unbearable pain. The doctor told her that pain is a part of aging and there is nothing that can be done about it. I know that if I don't speak up for my patient, I will not be following the Standards of Practice.
I spoke with the doctor telling him my concern that he is neglecting my patient's pain. Because I advocated on my patients behalf, the doctor reassessed the patient and prescribed her a pain medication. Now my patient is free of pain and sleeping calmly
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