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Instruction:

1. Please respond to at least one of the questions below with a minimum of 200

words.

2. Explain the risks that nurses take when assuming an advocacy role. What are

the benefits associated with being a patient advocate?

3. Write your answer in a MicroSoft Word document and submit it here.

Being an advocate for patients rights is an inherent and essential role of nurses.

Despite the increasing nurse to patient ratio, the demanding schedule and sometimes

endless tasks that we are expected to fulfill in a 12-hour shift, we somehow manage to

find the time to get to know the patient and the patients family to a level that not even

the physicians or other members of the healthcare team can. We are the first face they

see when they are admitted to the floor. They confide in us their fears and ask for our

advice. Our responsibility toward them is to listen to their concerns and support their

interests. However, we need to be aware not to impose our views under the assumption

that we know what is in their best interest. There is a fine line between advocacy and

paternalism that should never be crossed. Our responsibility is to support and

encourage the patient to express their concerns, educate them about prevention of

illness and safety practices and respect the patients wishes, even if this could mean to

be argumentative, at times, with other members of the team. There are many benefits

associated with being a patient advocate, but I believe the most rewarding is the trusting

relationship that develops between the nurse and the patient.