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The American Nurses Association declared 2018 the Year of Advocacy. Advocacy is defined as the act of pleading for or actively supporting a cause or proposal, but what does it mean to nurses and their patients?
Advocacy is taking action
Stop for a minute and think how many times a day you encounter the word “advocacy” in your nursing practice. Whether contacting a physician about a change in a patient’s condition, questioning an order you think is potentially dangerous to your patient or contacting your CNO about nurse-patient ratios on your unit, you are advocating for your patients.