Patient Advocacy

Patient Advocacy

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  • Nurses advocate for their patients by speaking up over conflicts that could put a patient in danger. Care should always be patient-centered with the patient's best interest in mind. Potter, A.P., Perry, A.G., Stockert, P.A., & Hall, A.M.(2017). Fudamentals of Nursing, 9thed.. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  • Discharge papers are all ready. You can take your son home!
  • We want to leave, but he just started to get itchy and red. The doctor looked at him and said he is fine, but I am still worried?
  • Let me go check something.
  • After gathering appropriate evidence, the nurse will advocate for the patient by presenting the evidence to the provider.
  • He was administered filgrastin last night.  A severe side effect is splenic rupture which is often concurrent with hives. 
  • Nurses should advocate in an assertive, professional, and respectful manner with providers. 
  • That was a good catch, Nurse Smith! He was having a reaction to the medication.
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