Nursing News: Nurses Are Patient Advocates

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 18th, 2014

When he went to nursing school 35 years ago, he was taught to be a patient advocate, to teach patients. “But we got away from that in the last few decades,” said Patrick R. Coonan, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, dean and professor at the College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.

He points out that today’s consumers and patients are better informed; they often turn to the internet for facts. But it is the nursing professional’s obligation to verify whether the online information is accurate, explain how certain actions can benefit them and help them be empowered, he says.

As patient advocates, nurses and nurse leaders play a key role in promoting patient engagement. We spend more time with them to assess, plan, implement and then help clarify the plan of care with the patient and his/her family or caregivers.

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