Ethics And Competency Standards Governing Practice

4090 Words Jun 18th, 2015 17 Pages
Patient advocacy is encrypted within nursing codes of conduct, as well as codes of ethics and competency standards governing practice, suggesting it is a professional requirement of the nurses role (Bu & Wu, 2008; Cole et al., 2014; Griffith& Tengnah, 2014; Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015; The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), 2008). It is recognised however nurse-led advocacy is complex and a risky component of nursing practice. Rather than a single event it is integral to the process of assessment, communication, responding, protecting and whistleblowing activities in nursing practice (Vaartio et al., 2006). Advocacy is not without ambiguity of interpretation and elicits varied perspectives especially given nursing is constantly evolving to take account of new knowledge and research (Cole et al., 2014; Kibble, 2012; Welchman et al. 2005). Advocacy is acknowledged to be nurses’ professional responsibility for and active involvement in supporting patient’s wishes and needs (Vaartio et al., 2006).

The controversial notion, ‘nurses cannot advocate effectively for their patients’ will be critically analysed, utilising and synthesising a range of evidence to support fully developed discussions before concluding what the weight of evidence indicates. Advocacy is described as providing a voice, speaking out and acting on behalf of and helping another who is unable to do it unassisted, however there is not one universal definition and until there is the role of nurse as…
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