Advocacy For Patients, Subordinates And For The Nursing Profession

1176 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
Chapter six focuses on advocacy for patients, subordinates and for the nursing profession in general (Marquis, 2014, p. 71). Prior to this course, when hearing the word advocacy I immediately would think of advocating for patient safety and quality care, as well as empowering patients to take ownership and responsibility for their care. After reading this chapter I began to expand on what it meant to be an advocate. In terms of being a leader or manager it 's important to stand up for your employees to promote safety and fairness. Managers should "go to bat" for their staff when needed and should listen to their needs (Marquis, 2014, p. 125). When thinking of being an advocate for the nursing profession I think back to when the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was passed. Many healthcare workers including nurses were being exposed to bloodborne pathogens from accidental sharps injuries because of unsafe devices and disposal methods. Many nurses rallied together and advocated for safer methods for other and future nurses. In nursing school I feel like we tend to focus on being an advocate for your patients but this chapter shows how it can be carried over into multiple areas of the profession. The last unit deal with Roles and Functions in Planning and focuses on Strategic and Operational Planning, Planned Change, Time Management, Fiscal Planning and Career Development. The chapter on Strategic and Operational Planning covers what skills are needed by the…

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