Topic 4 DQ1.docx - Topic 4 DQ1 Discuss how nurse leaders serve as advocates for their employees Describe how advocacy for employees affects patient care

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Topic 4 DQ1 Discuss how nurse leaders serve as advocates for their employees. Describe how advocacy for employees affects patient care and outcomes. It is important for nurses to work together, across employment settings and roles, to advocate on behalf of colleagues and the profession. The role of an advocate is to work on behalf of self and/or others to raise awareness of a concern and to promote solutions to the issue. Advocacy often requires working through formal, decision-making bodies to achieve a desired outcome. The professional nurses’ advocacy role as it applies to patients, the expectation for advocacy on behalf of colleagues and the profession. The responsibilities of the nurse are to work with colleagues to promote safe practice environments. The skills form the basis of advocacy role of the professional nurse are including service to the profession through teaching, mentoring, peer review, involvement in professional associations, community service, and knowledge development/dissemination. Healthcare is changing and the role and practice of the professional nurse is changing along with it. Advocacy skills are becoming increasingly important in this ever-changing world. Opportunities abound for point-of-care nurses to advocate both for nurses and for the profession. Advocacy can be understood as standing up and speaking out for a moral good, voicing concerns of disadvantaged people, and collaborating with individuals or groups who need support in exerting their rights and preferences. Nursing has a long tradition of advocacy for the common good. Florence Nightingale advocated for better hospital conditions for patients in the Crimean War and better education for nurses. She sought to influence governments, policymakers, physicians, and philanthropists as she advocated for continuous improvement in health conditions and better care of the sick and vulnerable. To identify the causes, issues, or areas of need that matter to us and discern how, through advocacy, nurse can affect influence that raises awareness and advances change. Reference Tomajan, K., (2012). Advocating for nurses and nursing. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. 17:1. Retrieved from /Vol-17-2012/No1-Jan-2012/Advocating-for-Nurses.html Topic 4 DQ2 Discuss barriers caused by an organizational culture that can be encountered by nursing leaders that can make them feel powerless. The term organizational culture refers to: an organization’s expectations, experiences, philosophy, as well as the values that guide member behavior, and is expressed in member self-image, inner workings, interactions with the outside world, and future expectations. Culture also includes the organization’s vision, values, norms, systems, symbols, language, assumptions, beliefs, and habits. One of the traditional healthcare organizational culture identify that nurses are not viewed as important decision
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makers or revenue generators. This culture creates an obstacle for nursing leaders in attaining influential
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