SDW news brief: Nurses’ role as patient advocates

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 22, 2010

Last week, Theresa Brown, RN, wrote an interesting piece in The New York Times' Well blog about nurses' role as patient advocates. Brown recounts a conversation she had with a physician who asserted patients rely on physicians for medical decisions, not nurses. As such, nurses' opinions on patient care are less important than physicians.

Brown disagrees, noting that nurses spend more time with patients and often build a closeness that allows genuine understanding. Nurses may understand how patients are really doing, putting them in the unique position of being able to advocate for them if they feel their patients' wishes are not being taken into account.

To read the full blog post, click here.

Source: The New York Times Well blog

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