Concept Analysis Advocacy

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Abstract Aim: To report a concept analysis of advocacy. Background: Nurses play keys roles in advocating for patients, especially in times of healthcare crisis. In current day, there has yet to be clear and concise advocacy directives and guidance for nurses. Nonetheless, being an advocate for patients is a vital attribute and skill in the nursing profession. Design: Concept analysis. Data Sources: A literature search was conducted using CINHAL, Academic OneFile, EBSCOhost databases (2003-2015) as well as academic and library catalog texts. Methods: The Walker and Avant method was used. Results: Advocacy is widely used in nursing and many professions. Advocacy cannot be singled out as one simple task but a multitude of events that aid…show more content…
Merriam-Webster (2015) defines advocacy as, “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal”. In this instance, the cause or proposal would be the patient and their families. Henderson (1961) states, “Advocacy is nurses helping people do what they would ordinarily do for themselves to maintain health, recover from illness, or die a peaceful death when persons lack the strength, will, or knowledge to care for themselves.” Being an advocate for patients is not necessarily a natural talent but, a skill that is learned through nursing experience and exposure to evidence based practice that involves ethical standards and patient safety. Nurses spend more time with their patients than any of the other healthcare professions and play a central role in their care (Zomorodi & Foley, 2009). The role of a nursing advocate can mean the difference between life and death for their…show more content…
Due to this, antecedants need to be recognized from both. One of the first major factors in patient advocacy is the presence of vulnerability. Nurses act as an advocate in order to protect vulnerable patients. In addition, the need for assistance from the nurse must be necessitated from the patient. Next, loss of control on the patient’s part occurs just by being admitted to the hospital. Doctors and other health professionals are the ones “deciding” what is necessary in order to bring the patient back to full health. Being hospitalized removes the patient from their supportive families and familiar home environments (Baldwin, 2003). Nonetheless, decision making and conflict are large antecedents in patient advocacy because of the constant choices that take place in patient care. Two antecedants pertaining to nursing include willingness and responsibility. Nurses must be willing to advocate for their patients and take responsibility in assisting patients in their

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