Nursing advocacy in North Carolina.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
Purpose/objectivesTo identify the ways oncology nurses in one state advocate for patients, as well as the resources they use to do so.
DesignDescriptive, cross-sectional survey.
Sample141 RNs in North Carolina who were members of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).
MethodsSubjects completed a two-page, self-administered questionnaire comprised of fixed-choice and open-ended questions.
Main research variablesDemographics, frequency of advocating for patient services, and awareness of ONS resources.
FindingsNurses in North Carolina advocate for patients in a variety of ways. A need exists to develop ongoing methods to keep nurses up to date on advocacy issues, as well as to establish mentoring opportunities for them. Nurses believe that they are most challenged in addressing patients' financial and insurance concerns.
ConclusionsOncology nurses frequently advocate for patients' needs. The findings provide direction for future initiatives to educate nurses about their role in patient advocacy and available resources.
Implications for nursingOngoing education and research are needed to enhance the role of oncology nurses as patient advocates.
- Gosselin-Acomb, TK; Schneider, SM; Clough, RW; Veenstra, BA
- September 2007
Volume / Issue
- 34 / 5
Start / End Page
- 1070 - 1074
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