Hi! I'm Michael, a floor nurse in a hospital. One of my roles includes rounding on patients and tailoring nursing interventions based on a patient's developing needs.
Hello, Michael, I'm Bob. I am a post-op patient and am having 8 out of 10 pain in the area of my low back.
Bob currently has no pain medication ordered in his MAR. Patient advocacy here means communicating the patient's comfort needs to the provider while intervening with non-medicinal therapies.
As a patient advocate, I need to intervene to attempt and control this patients pain.
As Bob's advocate, I will contact the provider team and let them know Bob's pain is not being adequately controlled. I will educate or implement nonpharmacological pain-relief interventions such as distraction, music, relaxation/meditation, and hot-cold treatments while waiting for the provider team to update his meds.
For a nurse advocating means "protecting, communicating for, doing for, and comforting and caring for their patients" (Boyle 2005, p.261)
Hospital Floor Nurse Patient Advocate
Hospital nurses advocate for their patients in many ways. One of the most common ways is intervention due to unmanaged pain. "Nurses must do what they can to ensure patients receive proper and safe care and must meet patient's physical, emotional, and cultural needs while complying with organizational policies and procedures" (Boyle 2005, p.250)
As a patient advocate for a post-operative patient, hospital nurses must communicate health needs with other healthcare professionals and provide alternative therapies/ coping strategies in order to make patients as comfortable as possible.