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Advocacy in nursing: perceptions and attitudes of the nursing elite in the United Kingdom

Advocacy in nursing: perceptions and attitudes of the nursing elite in the United Kingdom Advocacy in nursing: perceptions and attitudes of the nursing elite in the United Kingdom¶In recent years, patient advocacy has been claimed as an integral part of the nurse’s role in health care delivery in the United Kingdom (UK). Support from the nursing leadership/elite is seen as important in the promulgation and diffusion of any ‘new’ role in nursing. This paper explores the perceptions and attitudes of nurse leaders in the UK to the adoption of the patient advocate role as an ‘innovation’ in nursing. Using a qualitative methodology, semi‐structured interviews with six of nursing’s ‘elite’ were conducted over a period of 5 months. Results revealed contradictions and paradoxes within the views of the elite. Although leaders recognized patient advocacy as a role integral to the moral value system in nursing enhanced by the nurse–patient relationship, they objected to the professionalization of the role, seeing an exclusive claim to patient advocacy as intensifying interprofessional conflicts in health care. It is argued that unless professionalized, the individual nurse will continue this potentially risky activity without adequate authority or support systems. The results overall question the role of the nursing leadership in the diffusion of innovations in nursing. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Advanced Nursing Wiley

Advocacy in nursing: perceptions and attitudes of the nursing elite in the United Kingdom

Journal of Advanced Nursing , Volume 28 (5) – Nov 1, 1998

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0309-2402
eISSN
1365-2648
DOI
10.1046/j.1365-2648.1998.00734.x
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Abstract

Advocacy in nursing: perceptions and attitudes of the nursing elite in the United Kingdom¶In recent years, patient advocacy has been claimed as an integral part of the nurse’s role in health care delivery in the United Kingdom (UK). Support from the nursing leadership/elite is seen as important in the promulgation and diffusion of any ‘new’ role in nursing. This paper explores the perceptions and attitudes of nurse leaders in the UK to the adoption of the patient advocate role as an ‘innovation’ in nursing. Using a qualitative methodology, semi‐structured interviews with six of nursing’s ‘elite’ were conducted over a period of 5 months. Results revealed contradictions and paradoxes within the views of the elite. Although leaders recognized patient advocacy as a role integral to the moral value system in nursing enhanced by the nurse–patient relationship, they objected to the professionalization of the role, seeing an exclusive claim to patient advocacy as intensifying interprofessional conflicts in health care. It is argued that unless professionalized, the individual nurse will continue this potentially risky activity without adequate authority or support systems. The results overall question the role of the nursing leadership in the diffusion of innovations in nursing.

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Journal of Advanced NursingWiley

Published: Nov 1, 1998

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