Advocacy Journal of Nursing

Enhancing Nursing Assistant Curriculum: Incorporating Strategies to Speak Up for Safety

Enhancing Nursing Assistant Curriculum: Incorporating Strategies to Speak Up for Safety

Tags: advocacy assertiveness communication nursing assistant patient safety

Nursing Assistants are non-licensed clinical staff who, despite being directly involved in patient care, may be reluctant to call out safety concerns because of their position within the clinical hierarchal structure. The current nursing assistant training curriculum provides basic instruction on communication and teamwork skills, however, does little to reinforce the importance of the nursing assistant’s role, or empower these staff to bring safety concerns forward. This reluctance to speak up may result in unaddressed safety issues and patient harm.

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Promoting the Nursing Profession Through Shared Governance

Promoting the Nursing Profession Through Shared Governance

Tags: advocacy advocate conflict resolution nursing leadership profession promotion shared governance

This article takes a historical look at the image of nursing from the days of Nightingale. The nursing profession is strained and incivility is on the rise. Now is the time to go back to the basics and look through the lens of shared governance to promote the profession and preserve its numbers.

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From Registered Nurse to Field Reimbursement – A Surprising Path to Patient Advocacy

From Registered Nurse to Field Reimbursement – A Surprising Path to Patient Advocacy

Tags: advocacy advocate

When I took the oath of a nurse, I promised to be an advocate for patients. I never imagined that keeping this oath would lead me out of my bedside scrubs and into a suit as an FRM.

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The Nursing Image: A Position Paper

The Nursing Image: A Position Paper

Tags: advocacy advocate Community Health Nursing ethics future of nursing media Nurse Education nursing ethics Perception perioperative Position Paper profession reflection

The nursing image connotes a healing caregiver at a patient’s bedside. Nursing as a highly skilled and education profession remains incongruent with media and advertising portrayal of the nursing image, in contrast to published reports as the most trusted profession for the past decade. Current public perceptions of the nursing image are sharply contrasted to that of how nursing prefers to be viewed. This purpose of this work is to edify two contrasting positions of the ethical constructs of the nursing image as well as present posits of the author.

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Promoting the Sexual Health of Older People

Promoting the Sexual Health of Older People

Tags: advocacy advocate discrimination Empathy Health Promotion older people sexual health

This paper examines the issue of sexual health and older people. It identifies sexual health in this population group as a component of health that is often overlooked. As a practitioner of Gerontological Nursing, the author seeks to determine why this is and what can be done about promoting sexual health for this population group. Initially health promotion and sexuality are defined before outlining the rationale for the choice of this topic. Incorporated into the discussion is the acknowledgement that this is an area requiring significant development for all older people, regardless of sexual orientation, that in fact the need for health promotion for older gay and lesbian people may be a more pressing issue overall. Having outlined the need for health promotion, a number of strategies are introduced. Relatively little research into this specific issue has been conducted thus health promotion strategies in more broad terms are discussed.

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Detour Off The Sepsis Road: Early Recognition is Key

Detour Off The Sepsis Road: Early Recognition is Key

Tags: advocacy Case Study death early recognition end of life health care ICU ICU Nurse patient outcomes Rapid Response RN RRT Nurse sepsis

At present, the US reports approximately 750,000 cases of sepsis a year and estimates 1 million cases by 2020 With a mortality rate of 30%, an estimated 250,000 annual deaths, and hospital costs exceeding $16 billion, sepsis has become a burden. It is imperative to increase the awareness and early recognition of sepsis.

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