Patient Advocacy

Patient Advocacy
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  • Well, my pastor and I have talked and we believe it is imperative to have cultural component care that identifies and respects our religious values and beliefs. Can we request a new physician that aligns with those values?
  • How are you today, Mrs. Clark?
  • Good afternoon Dr. Green, I just spoke to the Clark family. They are concerned with the approach to care. They would appreciate care being directed to a new physician who aligns with their religious values. Do you have any recommendations?
  • I highly recommend Dr. Yates and his care team's positivity and culturally integrated care, I'd be happy to asset in directing the care to his team. Thank you for standing up for the Clark family and ensuring their holistic care.
  • Dr. Yates and his team will be caring for Will now. They are members of the local church and believe there are only positive outcomes in Will's health care future. 
  • Thank you standing up for our beliefs and values!
  • Comfort Care Nurse Advocate - "Patient advocacy is a major aspect of the nursing role," (Finkelman, pg. 288, 2019). At times there can be conflicts that arise throughout the care process that require the nurse to support and advocate patient's personal decisions. This can often lead to uncomfortable situations for the nurse. Culturally component care brings these cultural attitudes and behaviors together to provide cross-cultural care (Padela et al., 2012).
  • The nurse may disagree to confront Dr. Green however, it is within the patient's wishes. This is an example of the nurse remaining unbias and advocating for change in care.
  • As a patient advocate, the nurse coordinates care (Finkelman, pg. 288, 2019). In order to coordinate culturally competent care the nurse must identify, understand and respect the values of the patient (Padela et al., 2012). By doing so it can lead to improved collaboration and trust in the care process (Finkelman, pg. 288, 2019).
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