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Application Activity /Assignment 4: Advocacy for Nurses and Nurse Leaders
The ANA declared 2018 as the Year of Advocacy.
According to the Scope and Standards of Practice, ” Advocacy is fundamental to nursing practice in all settings. Advocacy is ‘the act or process of pleading for, supporting, recommending a cause or course of action’ (ANA, 2015, p. 41). Advocacy occurs at the individual, interpersonal, organization and community, and policy levels (Earp, French, & Gilkey, 2008).
At the individual level, the nurse engages in informing healthcare consumers so they can consider actions, interventions, or choices in light of their own personal beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge to achieve the desired outcome. Thus the healthcare consumer learns self-management and patient-centered decision-making.
At the interpersonal level, the nurse empowers healthcare consumers by providing emotional support, attainment of resources, and necessary help through interactions with families and significant others in their social support network.
At the organization and community level, the nurse supports cultural transformation of organizations, communities, or populations when present. Registered nurses firmly believe it is their obligation to help improve environmental and societal conditions related to health, wellness, and care of the healthcare consumer. Such issues have included but are not limited to protective labor laws, minimum wage, communicable disease programs, immunizations, well-baby and child care, women’s health, violence, reproductive health, and end-of-life care.
Finally, at the policy level, the nurse translates the consumer voice into policy and legislation that address such issues as control of healthcare access, regulation of health care, protection of the healthcare consumer, and environmental justice. Thus advocacy also occurs when registered nurses represent professional nursing practice in advocating for the removal of barriers to permit practice to the full extent of their education and training. Registered nurses also advocate as seated members in state and national legislative bodies, IOM committees, and organizational leadership level boards; as they lobby for healthcare issues and resources; and when they join with vulnerable communities fighting industry and dilapidated housing that threatens the health of individuals, group, communities, and populations. Registered nurses are also advocates when addressing malpractice concerns and in their roles as legal nurse consultants or when engaged in legal practice as nurse attorneys” (American Nurses Association, 2015, p 41).
Failure to advocate for a patient or an employee or work conditions, as unsafe staffing, is also one of the 6 major categories of malpractice suits (Murray, 2017, pp 88-89)
APPLICATION ACTIVITY /ASSIGNMENT 4
Review the above statement from the Scope and Standards (ANA, 2015, p.41)
Go to the ANA Website and review tab on ADVOCACY Find : https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/advocacy/
Read page 88, 89, 91 and 92 in text. Murray, E. (2017). Nursing Leadership and Management.
Write a 1-2 page paper on the role of advocacy in nursing including
a.) the malpractice/legal aspects of nurse and/or nurse leader’s failure to advocate in the workplace;
b.) The role of the ANA in advocacy at the policy level and
c.) The role of the ANA in advocating for the “Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation” Click: Link or paste the following in your browser https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/hnhn/
Use APA to format your paper.