To advocate is to show support and promote the interest of your patients.
Here are some guides to help you advocate for your Patients.
Knowledge: know the plan of care of your patients well ,including minute details.
Time:Do you remember the adage that says “time is money? You must spend enough time discussing the plan of care with your patient, family and understand their concerns.
Bill of Rights: Be familiar with patients Bill of Rights.
Standards and Law: Be knowledgeable of the law and the Standards of Regulatory Agencies such as JCAHO regarding certain patient care issues such as Informed Consent ,DNR, Do Not Resusitate.
Honesty: Be honest with your patients and families.Admit when you do not know the answers to their questions .And promise to verify and find out and then get back to them.Do not say what you do not know.
Convey: Communicate patient and family concerns to the appropriate personnel,obtain answers and Report results back to the patient and family.
Ethical Issues: Identify ethical dilemmas and refer them to the ethics committee in a timely fashion.
Your advocacy for your patient care help them to reduce the seriousness of their problems.And make them see you as their God sent Angel.Do not worry that” they do not know your name.But they surely remember how you make them feel”-Maya Angelou.
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