Week 8 Discussion
Nurses as Health Advocates
What does it take to be an effective health advocate? As a
nurse, you have many opportunities to advocate for patients and populations,
whether formally or informally. Being an advocate involves more than knowing
how to lobby or to whom to write letters. It requires passion and compassion,
commitment and courage.
In this Discussion, you will consider the attributes of an
effective advocate for population health and/or the nursing profession. You
will analyze those attributes that help nurses be a powerful force in improving
the quality of health care.
Review the article â€œOn Being a Good Nurse: Reflections on
the Past and Preparing for the Futureâ€ and â€œWar, its aftermath, and U.S. health
policy: Toward a comprehensive health program for Americaâ€™s military personnel,
veterans, and their familiesâ€ found in this weekâ€™s Learning Resources.
Consider the multiple health care needs of returning
veterans and their families.
By Day 3
Post two types of health needs returning veterans and their
families might need. Identify two types of health needs returning veterans and
their families might need. How might you advocate for the needs of this
population. What type of advocacy skills would you need and how could you
develop them. What responsibility does a nurse have to be an advocate? Give
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses.
By Day 6
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different
days in one or more of the following ways:
Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional
background information, evidence, or research using an in-text citation in APA
Share an insight from having read your colleaguesâ€™ postings,
synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
Offer and support an alternative perspective using readings
from the classroom or from your own research in the Walden Library.
Validate an idea with your own experience and additional
Make a suggestion based on additional evidence drawn from
readings or after synthesizing multiple postings.
Expand on your colleaguesâ€™ postings by providing additional
insights or contrasting perspectives based on readings and evidence.
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